Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Rhonda Ward Reads

At Poetry
In the Park
Series in Willimantic

On Thursday July 26, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., Rhonda Ward will read from her poetry at the Julia de Burgos Park, on the corner of Jackson Street and Terry Avenue in Willimantic, CT. Admission is free.

Rhonda Ward lives in New London, Connecticut. She is on the Board of Directors for Soul Mountain Retreat, a retreat for writers in East Haddam, Connecticut, which was founded by former Connecticut Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson. She was formerly a member of the Board of Directors for The Writers’ Block InK, which focuses on encouraging the youth to explore creative means to express themselves.

Rhonda Ward’s poetry explores African-American culture with a universal voice, taking everyday situations to visual levels that transport listeners into the world of her childhood with surgical attention to details. She shares her experiences of the past and present, handling her subjects with a combination of grace and spunk.

Ward released a collection of her poetry on CD in 2005 entitled, “As I Live and Breathe…Poems.” Her poems have appeared in Temper Review, Long Island Quarterly, Siren, Poetry Bay, The Day, and online as a featured guest poet at BurningWord.com. Recently, Ward read at the Women’s International Arts Festival in Kendal, Cumbria, England.

For more information, including a rain location, please feel free to contact Curbstone Press by phone at (860) 423-5110, or visit us on the web at www.curbstone.org. This event is sponsored by Colectivo Mestizal, Eastern CT State Univ. Creative Writing Dept. of the English Dept. at UConn, Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, and Curbstone Press.

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