Two Poets, Two Gardens: Ciaran Berry and Clare Rossini To Read From Their Work

Wallace Stevens Rose Garden Reading and Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Feature Trinity Faculty Poets


Ciaran Berry

Hartford, Connecticut, June 17, 2016 – Trinity English Department faculty members Ciaran Berry and Clare Rossini will read from their work at two of the region’s annual events that are favorites of those who share an appreciation for poetry and historic gardens.

On Saturday, June 18, at 1 p.m. Berry will read from his work at the annual Rose Garden Reading presented by The Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens and Elizabeth Park Conservancy. The event will take place under a tent in Elizabeth Park, Hartford, as part of the annual Rose Weekend.  Other local poets featured at the gathering, beginning at noon, are State Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin; five poets laureate from Connecticut towns (Tarn Granucci, Alexandrina Sergio, Julia Paul, Hugo DeSarro, and Katherine Carle); and John Surowiecki.

A Trinity faculty member since 2009, Berry is a 2012 Whiting Writers' Award winner whose poetry has earned many honors. He has published the collections The Sphere of Birds (Southern Illinois University Press) and The Dead Zoo (Gallery Books). A native of Ireland, he directs the creative writing program at Trinity.


Clare Rossini

Rossini, artist-in-residence in Trinity’s English Department and a member of the faculty since 2000, will read from her work at the Hillstead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Farmington on Wednesday, July 20. Rossini is the author of three collections of poetry: Lingo (The University of Akron Press); Winter Morning with Crow (University of Akron Press), chosen by Donald Justice for the Akron Poetry Prize and one of two finalists for PEN’s first Joyce Osterweil Award; and Selections from the Claudia Poems (Minnesota Center for the Book Arts), an art book edition.

Rossini was recently featured in an interview on WFSB’s “Better Connecticut,” along with Hillstead Museum Director Susan Ballek and Deborah Berry, editor of Seasons magazine, talking about the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and why "poetry still matters."

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