Riverwood Poetry Series is delighted to present Pam Nomura and Ryan T. Parker on Thursday, January 15th for an evening of poetry to brighten the winter night. 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:
Recently awarded a National Artist Teaching Fellowship by the Center for the Arts in Education, Pam Nomura has chaired Creative Writing Programs at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts as well as at the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University. She has also served as director of the Poetry Center and Poetry-in-the-Schools Program at Trinity College. She has been in residence at the Blue Mountain Center, Soul Mountain, and in Cape Town, South Africa, where she partnered with artists there to work with youth-at-risk. She read in the opening season of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Her poetry book, Water and Land by Turns, was published by the Hill-Stead Museum for the tenth anniversary celebration of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
Ryan T. Parker is a Manchester based poet, teacher and all around cool dude. Raised by a strong, single mother in Norwich, Connecticut, he has been writing poetry and preaching peace since the age of ten. After graduating from Norwich Free Academy, he went on to receive a degree in English at Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master’s degree in teaching at Sacred Heart University. Influenced by the Cosby show’s Theo Huxtable, the first black teacher he had ever seen, his practices with tutoring at ECSU, and his personal frustrations with his own educational experiences (his 10th grade English teacher had a sign in her classroom which read, “Silence is Golden”), Ryan developed a passion for teaching and promised himself he would break that golden silence and bring golden noise into education. For the last ten years, he has been teaching English language arts through the Manchester Public School system to keep his word. He also co-created and now co-facilitates the Illing Middle School Poetry Club, hosts a Write Out Loud open mic/ poetry slam series at a non-profit in Manchester, CT called Young@Art, coaches a high school SLAM Team and has co-coached six Odyssey of the Mind teams to three consecutive world championships! When he’s not teaching, Ryan loves poeming, running, snowboarding, kayaking, hiking with his bloodhound Otter, and eating chocolate chip cookies (preferably organic). Ryan is also incredibly shy and modest and in fact needed his amazingly smart and beautifully talented wife to create this bio for him.