Rossini Chosen as Connecticut Poetry Circuit Poet
Clare Rossini, visiting
assistant professor of English, has been selected as the 2003-04
Connecticut Poetry Circuit Poet. In that role, she is “doing the
circuit" by giving a series of readings at educational institutions
across the state. Her readings include selections from her next book,
Lingo, due out in the spring of 2005.
Rossini notes that the new
collection contains some personal memory poems set in Hartford’s South
End, where she and her husband, Associate Professor of Fine Arts Joe
Byrne, first lived when they moved to the area three years ago. One
series, “Gods of the South End,” includes poems in which Olympian gods
are found working in various South End locations. “The Gods poems are
light-hearted, kitch-y pieces,” the poet explains. “Not necessarily
typical of my work, but they were a lot of fun to write.”
Rossini will read from her
work at Central Connecticut State University on Tuesday, November 18,
at 7:00 p.m.
in the Marcus
White Living Room on the CCSU campus in New Britain.
She has thus far presented
her work at Southern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan
University, University of Connecticut-Storrs, University of
Connecticut-Waterbury, Eastern Connecticut State University, and
Manchester Community College. She is scheduled to read at Trinity on
January 26, 2004, location TBD.
Rossini’s first full-length
collection, Winter Morning with Crow, was selected for the l996
Akron Poetry Prize; the book went on to become a finalist for a Small
Press Book Award and for PEN’s l999 Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry.
Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Kenyon
Review, The New England Review, and Poetry, as well as in
textbooks and anthologies such as Poets for the New Century
(David Godine: Boston, 2002), An Introduction to Poetry (ed.
X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, Longman: New York, 2002), and Best
American Poetry l997 (ed. James Tate, Scribners: New York, 1997).
She has received fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the
Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Bush Foundation. In
addition to her position at Trinity, Rossini teaches in the MFA
program at Vermont College.
Rossini's poem, Venus, can be accessed by
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