Poet Laureate - Woodbury, Connecticut

Appointed poet laureate in the fall of 2021, my term runs through September 2024. Follow me on Instagram to read poetry, learn about poetry events, and upcoming podcast episodes. Reach out via my contact form about appearances, readings, and poetry.

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Poetry Can Build Community

In April, 2024, I delivered a special message at the Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society in Southbury, Connecticut.

In April, 2024, I attended the Literary Spring poetry reading and discussion at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with Bethel poet laureate and professor Rick Magee, Ridgefield poet laureate emerita Barb Fulton Jennes, and Milford poet laureate Joan Kwan Glass.

During the winter of 2024, Cyrenius H Booth Library in Newtown put out a call for poems to appear along a walking trail of the town's Fairfield Hills campus. My poem, Where Love is True, was accepted.

As part of National Poetry Month in 2023, Woodbury Public Library and The Garden sponsored a poetry contest for the students of Region 14.  Sandy judged the poems and designed and prepared this book to memorialize students' thoughtful work about the place of nature in their lives.

"I am so impressed with and happy to witness how your special poetry umbrella includes and inspires so many fine folks from all walks of life! Wasn't the Franklin Academy a terrific addition? I look forward to more events with you and the dynamic Woodbury Public Library community." (Featured poet Deboarah Nash Ott)

"We were blown away by how welcoming everyone was to a collection of teen poets and their teachers unexpectedly joining them. They were very gracious in giving our students the opportunity to share their work."

(Franklin Academy Teachers)

This talk was presented at the Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society in Southbury, Conn., Feb. 19, 2023.

Poetry and Music

I was one of six poets from the Connecticut Poetry Society whose work was chosen by composer Sarah Marze, who is completing a project this summer entitled, "Let Us SIng: Contemporary Art Songs for Young Singers." At the CPS Spring Fling in early June, Sarah gave a presentation on art songs, explaining how different a poem can be when set to music. During her presentation, all the poems selected for "Let Us Sing" were read. In this video, I read Dust and Sarah then sings an early version of her original composition.

Nutmeg Poetry Awards - Third Place