Each year the panel nominates an outstanding poet to give a series of readings at various Connecticut colleges. These readings occur over a two-week period in mid-fall. Poets who have toured the Circuit include: Theodore Deppe, Martin Espada, X. J. Kennedy, James Merrill, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich and Charles Wright. For fall 2014, Brian Turner was selected to tour the Circuit.
The panel also judges a state-wide contest of college students poets. Five students poets are selected each year and tour in the spring to places like the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Farmington. For spring 2015, the following students were selected to tour the Circuit: Nichole (Nikki) Byrne of the University of Saint Joseph, Lisa Gaudio of Central Connecticut State University, Justin Greene of Wesleyan University, Katherine Rose Monica of the University of Connecticut (Storrs) and Jessica Yuan of Yale University.
View the archive for the complete list of the professional poets and the Connecticut Student Poets who have toured the Circuit.
The Connecticut Poetry Circuit is not funded; the panel and director volunteer their time to encourage student poets and to bring poetry to Connecticut colleges and communities.