Distinguished poets read from their works in Sherman

go0627poetry-002.jpgVoices of Poetry presents 2001-2006 Poet Laureate of Connecticut Marilyn Nelson (right) and Cave Canem Foundation graduate fellow at the Sherman Playhouse on Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m.

Nelson and Rushin will be joined by poets David Cappella, Stephen Ostrowski, Charles Rafferty, Neil Silberblatt, and Faith Vicinanza, along with vocalist and guitarist Gale Gardiner.

The event, “Voices of Poetry — Back to The Playhouse (II),” counts as the group’s anniversary celebration. A champaign toast and anniversary cake will follow the readings.

There is a suggested donation of $20 per individual and $30 per couple. Students younger than 20 are free.

Formed in 2012 by Neil Silberblatt, the group has nearly 300 members and has presented events throughout Litchfield, Fairfield and Hartford counties.

The genesis of the group came in June 2012, when a handful of local poets and read their work at Bank Street Coffee House in New Milford.

“I could not possibly have imaged at that time how the events have blossomed since then,” Silberblatt said. “Poets have come forward, known and not well-known. Audience response has been great.”

–Susan Tuz

Linda Tuccio-Koonz