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 2018, Patricia Spears was selected to tour the Circuit.
The panel also judges a state-wide contest of college students poets. Five student poets are selected each year and tour in the spring to places like the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Farmington. For Spring 2019, the following students were selected to tour colleges throughout the state: Christine Byrne of the University of Connecticut, Genie Johnson of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Rachel Kaufman of Yale University, Louisa Mahoney of Trinity College, and Maxim Schmidt of Albertus Magnus College.
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.
Panel and Director
Connecticut Poetry Circuit Director
Professor of English