Poetry, Poignancy & Possibility: Celebrating National Poetry Month w/ Antoinette Brim-Bell

For the fourth consecutive year, Mercy by the Sea will celebrate National Poetry Month, a worldwide celebration launched more than 25 years ago by the Academy of American Poets. This year’s featured poet is Antoinette Brim-Bell, Connecticut’s 8th State Poet Laureate. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections: These Women You Gave MeIcarus in Love, and Psalm of the Sunflower. Brim-Bell is also a Cave Canem Foundation Fellow and an alumna of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA). Brim-Bell was nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice for poetry and essay.

Mercy by the Sea’s onsite program will include readings of select poems by Brim-Bell who will touch upon her writing process, inspirations and challenges. She will engage with participants through a question-and-answer session, book signing and at a beverage service/reception. The author’s books will be available for sale. 

National Poetry Month has evolved into the largest literary celebration in the world with tens of million readers, students, teachers, librarians, publishers, families and poets marking poetry’s important place in our lives.  Brim-Bell’s poetry has appeared in various journals, magazines, textbooks, and anthologies. A printmaker and collage artist, Brim-Bell is a much sought-after speaker, editor, author, educator, and consultant. She is a Professor of English at Capital Community College in Hartford, CT. 

To learn more about her, visit www.antoinettebrimbell.com.