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Pit Menousek Pinegar and Brian Simoneau

Riverwood Poetry Series is delighted to present Pit Pinegar and Brian Simoneau on Thursday, December 11th for an evening of poetry to chase away the winter chill. The poets will read their work, followed by a Q&A session; open mike precedes the reading. Admission is FREE. As always, non-perishable food donations for the AHCC Crisis Food Support program are gratefully accepted.

About the poets:


Pit Pinegar is the author of three books of poetry, The Possibilities of Empty Space and Nine Years Between Two Poems (Andrew Mountain Press) and The Physics of Transmigration (Antrim House).  She has been nominated six times for a Pushcart Prize. Two collections of her short fiction were finalists in the 2010 Iron Horse Review‘s Single Author Competition; her collection, MESS: Stories about Women with Messy Lives (Selwa Press) was published as an e-book in the fall of 2011. Her work has appeared recently in The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s 20th Anniversary Anthology (Wesleyan University Press), Visions, Voices and Verses, ekphrastic poetry from the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art (Exiles Press), and Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs (Three O’Clock Press).  Pinegar has received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (1992), was a Surdna Foundation fellow (2005), a writing resident at Footpaths to Creativity in the Azores (2006), and a fellow at the Helene V. Wurlitzer Foundation in 2009. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Advocate of the Arts Award (CT). She teaches at The Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University and directs the Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s Urban Outreach Program. A photographer, as well as a writer, her portfolio includes a number of literary luminaries, including Lucille Clifton, Stanley Kunitz, James Merrill, Mark Doty, Marilyn Nelson, Li Young Lee. 



Brian Simoneau’s first book of poems, River Bound, won last year’s De Novo Prize and is now available from C&R Press. He grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, and graduated from Amherst College before receiving an MFA at the University of Oregon. He received a work-study scholarship to the 2013 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  His my poems have appeared in Boulevard, Cave Wall, Crab Orchard Review, The Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and our two young daughters.