Join us on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual reading and discussion with Connecticut State’s new Poet Laureate Antoinette Brim Bell and Jaida Taveras, the state’s first-ever Young Poet Laureate. The two honored poets will read excerpts from recent works, share their hopes for their award-winning roles, and answer questions from the audience – and each other.

Antoinette Brim Bell (photo, right) is the author of These women you gave me, Icarus in loveand Sunflower Psalm. She is a Cave Canem Foundation Scholar, Walker Foundation Scholarship recipient, and Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. A sought-after speaker, editor, educator and consultant, Brim-Bell is a professor of English at Capital Community College.

Jaida Taveras attended the University of Washington, where she majored in philosophy. Jaida is a member of the university’s slam team and teaches poetry to students in the St. Louis area. At Naugatuck High School, she was a student representative for the Connecticut State Board of Education, a writer with Poetry Ourselves, a speaker with the American Legion, and a performer with the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest.

Please register at the Zoom link.