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Poet Vivian Shipley Reads At Darien Library

Poet Vivian Shipley will be coming to the Darien Library to share a poetry reading on Sunday.
Poet Vivian Shipley will be coming to the Darien Library to share a poetry reading on Sunday. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Library will present a poetry reading by Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Vivian Shipley in the Conference Room on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Poet’s Voice – the series that has brought Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Prize recipients and poets laureate to local public libraries – presents its 39th season in 2015 with readings at Darien Library (April 12) and Greenwich Library (April 26). The series, traditionally held at Fairfield County libraries, is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund. The Manacher family of Greenwich has supported these readings since 1977 in an effort to bring notable poets to the community.

The readings have included Pulitzer Prize winners Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Simic, Mark Strand and James Tate. Nobel Prize winners Joseph Brodsky and Derek Walcott have also appeared over the years, as have U.S. poet laureate (2001-03) Billy Collins and Connecticut poet laureate (2001-06) Marilyn Nelson. Dana Gioia, a reader in the series and former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts labeled the series “a model for poetry readings.”

Shipley , Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, teaches at Southern Connecticut State University. Her ninth book, "The Poet," is forthcoming and a 10th book, "Perennial," is forthcoming later in 2015. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, her eighth book, "All of Your Messages Have Been Erased," won the 2011 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, Sheila Motton Book Award from New England Poetry Club, and the CT Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing.

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