Branford Poet Laureate

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 Judith K. Liebmann, Branford's First Poet Laureate.

The Town of Branford, in cooperation with the Trustees of The Blackstone Library, is pleased to announce the establishment of the office of Poet Laureate. After a careful review of applications and interviews with the finalists, the Committee selected Judith K. Liebmann as the first to hold the position of Poet Laureate.

Liebmann brings decades of experience writing, publishing, teaching and sharing poetry with others to the position, and plans to dedicate her three-year appointment to using her experience to open the world of poetry to Branford residents of all ages – in workshops, lectures, readings and mixed media events.

Liebmann’s work has been widely published, in numerous literary journals as well as New York Times and Scientific American and has been anthologized in the short story collection The Safe Deposit Box.  A new collection of poems, Ekphrasis, was published in December, 2023 (PreSSrappel, New York City).

In addition to writing poetry and fiction, Liebmann earned a Ph.D. in Literature from Yale University, where she taught for a number of years. She then became the Director of the Writing Program at the Center for Independent Study there. She has received many awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Germanistic Society of America Grant, a German Academic Exchange Grant, and a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. She is a Fellow of Davenport College at Yale and served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Yale Alumni Association.

Here in Branford, where she has lived for more than thirty years, she has been an active member of the community. She has served as a Director on the Boards of the Wightwood School, BCTV, and the Historic Branford Center Cemetery. In cooperation with Branford Public Works, Branford Land Trust, and the Pine Orchard Association, she has designed the landscaping for several “pocket parks,” including the Triangle Park in Pine Orchard. The Poet Laureate can be contacted at: poetlaureate@branford-ct.gov.

Click here for a letter from Judith to the Branford Community.

 

Upcoming Events
Date/Time Event Description Location
Wed., Feb 14 2024 @5:30pm Valentine's Day Celebration: Poems of Love Poetry readings by local poets, refreshments and a rose. Sponsored in part by Branford Parks & Recreation Blackstone Library
Thurs., Feb. 15th @ 7:00pm A Short Jaunt through the Long History of Poems of Love Lecture and reading by Poet Laureate, music by local musicians Willoughby Wallace Library,
Stony Creek
Sat., Mar., 16th @ 2:00pm Poetry Reading: Ekphrasis Branford Poet Laureate reads from her new published collection of poetry, Ekphrasis. Blackstone Library
Tues., Apr. 9th @5:30pm Celebrating (Inter)National Poetry Month: Voices from Around the World Event features poems from various cultures, read in the native language (by guest readers) and then in translation, including German, Korean, Hebrew, Spanish and more). Blackstone Library
Sun., May 5th @ 2:00pm Holocaust Rememberance Day: Poems in extremis Lecture and readings, by Poet Laureate, of poetry written in reaction to great human catastrophes. TBA
Wed., May 15th @ 2:00pm Spring – Season of Renewal TBA TBA
May 25th (TBA) Family Poetry Picnic & Fair Sponsored in part by Branford Parks & Recreation, with help from Branford High School drama students Blackstone Library Grounds