My friend and fellow writer and editor at Bewildering Stories, Edward Ahern, contacted me recently because he was doing a poetry reading at The Norwalk Art Festival and they were still looking for local poets to participate.
For those of you unfamiliar with the festival, it's located in Mathews Park in Norwalk, and it ran from June 24-25. There were over 100 artists, both local and from farther afield. There were kids crafts and all types of art, from photography to sculpture.
The Poet Laureate of Norwalk, Laurel Peterson, also did a reading (although I'm sorry to say I missed it, since I was corralling kids and ended up being a bit later to the reading than I'd hoped to be). The final poet for Saturday afternoon was the very talented Shanna T. Melton.
The event went really well. The weather was perfect, there was a large assortment of local poets who had created a body of work in a wide variety of styles. The audience members were lovely and seemed to enjoy it. It was great to meet so many local poets, and hopefully I'll be seeing them again at more events in the future.
If you missed the festival and are looking to add some art to your summer, don't worry - there are several others coming up in the area. You can find a list here.
Happy reading and happy writing to everyone!
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with over two hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. Check out my 2024 writing challenge to write a book a week at Author Versus AI. For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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