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The Connecticut Poetry Circuit

Riverwood Poetry Series is honored to present the outstanding poets of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit. These poets are currently undergraduate students at colleges and universities across the state, selected by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit to participate in a reading tour at venues, primarily colleges and universities, throughout Connecticut.

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 of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit:

Nicole (Nikki) Byrne is a junior at the University of Saint Joseph where she majors in Philosophy.  Her poetry has been published in Interpretations, 2014 (the University of Saint Joseph Literary Magazine), on which she also serves as part of the editorial staff.  Her poetic influences include Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, and many contemporary poets.  Nikki works as a Peer Tutor and Writing Associate at the Center for Academic Excellence at USJ.    Nikki will be serving as an intern with the Connecticut General Assembly this spring and will be travelling to the Netherlands in May as part of an embedded study abroad course.  Long term, she hopes to attend law school.  Nikki Byrne’s hometown is Farmington, Connecticut.

Lisa Gaudio is a Senior at Central Connecticut State University majoring in Psychology.  Lisa writes both poetry and creative nonfiction, and also enjoys spoken word poetry.  She is the current managing editor for Central’s student-run literary magazine The Helix, which releases issues for both the fall and the spring.  Her future plans include an MFA in creative writing.  Lisa  aspires to publish her own book of poems, and possibly pursue a career in travel writing.  Lisa Gaudio’s hometown is North Haven, Connecticut.

Justin Greene is a Junior at Wesleyan University where he majors in English and anthropology.  His poetry has been published in The Hangman’s Lime (a Wesleyan student poetry publication), Headspace (Wesleyan’s interdisciplinary neuroscience journal), and the forthcoming spring 2015 edition of the Russell House Poetry Pamphlet. Last year, Justin founded et al., Wesleyan University’s only student-run printed fiction publication, which recently released its first issue.  He aspires to be a fiction writer or poet and is interested in working with and creating hybrid genres/forms. Justin is also an editor for The Hangman’s Lime, a writing tutor for the Writing Center, and is active in the campus theater scene.  Justin Greene’s hometown is Belle Harbor, New York.

Katherine Monica is a Junior at the University of Connecticut (Storrs), where she majors in English.  Her poetry has been published in Electric Cereal, The Long River Review, Holey Scripture, TheNewerYork, Control Literary Magazine, and Orchid Children.  She is the recipient of the Collins Literary Prize (2014) and placed second for the Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize (2014).  Katherine is currently the Editorial Assistant for Waywiser Press.  Katherine Monica’s hometown is Milford, Massachusetts.

Jessica Yuan is a Senior at Yale University, where she majors in Architecture.  She has been writing poetry as a side project for some time. At Yale, she runs Jook Songs, Yale’s Asian American spoken word group, which she describes as a safe and wonderful space for self- reflection. Jessica has worked architectural internships in Beijing and Istanbul the past two summers, which made her quite critical about the elitism of the architectural profession and the way cultural history, labor dynamics, and urban life are so badly understood.  In the future, Jessica plans on going to graduate school for architecture and hashing out a way to cope with globalization, and of course writing all the time.  Jessica Yuan’s hometown is Irvine California.