June 17, 2010
PHOTOS BY BOB THIESFIELD
FOR THE CT YOUNG WRITERS TRUST
CDs of entire event available
H. Robert Thiesfield
79A Carillon Drive
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
2 b posted periodically
Hartford Club Ballroom Scene
Jen Allen Big Band Vocalists L-R Laura McCabe, DominiQue, Shannon Gunnip, Josh Evans on trumpet, Kris Allen on alto sax.
Another Ballroom View
Litchfield County Poetry Champion Carter Brown with parents David Hall and Tammy Knox.
CSU System Vice Chancellor Louise Feroe, ECSU Academic VP Rhona Free, Cindy Cormier of The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and Hartford Courant sportswriter Paul Doyle [behind Cormier]. Cormier, Free and Doyle served as judges for the young writers competition.
Young Writers Trust board member and judge Susanne Davis with Atty. Rebecca Paolino of Waterbury's Moynahan & Minella.
Middlesex County Prose Champion Chelsea Melanson with parents Paul and Kathleen Melanson.
Checking out CT Young Writers history.
Young Writers Trust board members and judges Cindy Cormier of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and Vince Valvo of The Warren Group.
State Poetry Champion Grace Beggins with parents Tom Beggins and Anne Hartford.
Tolland County Prose Champion Kyle Kneeland with [standing] teacher Victoria Nordlund and family including father Gus Kneeland.
Rainy Faye of Bridgeport shows off her Fairfield County bookseller award. Watch for announcements of upcoming author events at Rainy Faye's including Ray Charles Jr., Bob Leuci, Diane Smith and Chandra Prasad.
Hartford County Poetry Champion Morgan Finn with parents Martin and Christina Finn.
Ginger James with judge and sponsor Denning Powell.
No escape for Andy Thibault of the Young Writers Trust, grilled by sponsor Amy Berard and board member Carol 'not related to him' Thibeault.
Litchfield County Prose Champion Claire Burch with family including parents Michael and Deborah Burch.
Jen Allen Big Band Dinner Music
Middlesex County Poetry Champion Olivia DelGiudice with parents Toby DelGiudice and RJ Dempser-DelGiudice.
State Prose Champion Sheldon Gaskell with aunt Sharon Alvarides and parents Deborah and Patrick Gaskell.
Middlesex County Prose Champion Chelsea Melanson with Hartford County Poetry Champion Morgan Finn @ Workshop.
Fairfield County Prose Champion Zeena Advani with parents Hira Advani and Madhulika Priya Advani.
Cosmic Jibaros band leader Rick Reyes, foreground.
Gloria Creamer of Montville High School, center, the New London County Prose Champion, with teacher Ted Richmond and mother, Terry Creamer.
Olivia DelGiudice of Old Saybrook High School, the Middlesex County Poetry Champion, with Kyle Kneeland of Rockville High School, the Tolland County Prose Champion and friend of the Young Writers Trust Julian Thiesfield @ Workshop.
Bookseller Rainy Faye, aka Dr. Georgia Day, retired administrator at Fairfield University with judges Terese Karmel and Pam Lewis and Fairfield County Poetry Champion Zeena Advani and parents. Karmel is the author Hoop Tales, a chronicle of the UConn womens basketball team; Lewis is the author of thrillers including `Perfect Family' and `Speak Softly: She Can Hear.'
Gerald Morris of Bridgeport's Rainy Faye Bookstore with Atty. Rebecca Paolino of Waterbury's Moynahan & Minella.
Dr. Paul Berard, Sponsor, with Bob Leuci.
State Poetry Champion Grace Beggins of The Williams School and her mother, Anne Hartford, check out the program.
Julia Albano of Danbury High School, the Fairfield County Poetry Champion, State Prose Champion Sheldon Gaskell of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Carter Brown of Litchfield High School, the Litchfield County Poetry Champion.
Zeena Advani of Westhill High School, Stamford, the Fairfield County Prose Champion, with Bob Leuci @ Workshop.
Claire Burch of New Milford High School, the Litchfield County Prose Champion, and Grace Beggins of the Williams School in New London, the State Poetry Champion, @ Writers Workshop.
Keynote Speaker Bob Leuci, retired NYPD Detective, Novelist and URI Prof, co-workshop leader.
Keynote Speaker Lauren Hefferon, the 2003 State Prose Champion, Yale 2010, Teacher For America 2010, co-workshop leader.
-- SHELDON GASKELL with Connecticut State University System Vice Chancellor Louise Feroe and Diane Smith
GRACE BEGGINS with Feroe, Smith
CROWD APPROVES -- Happy attendees in foreground include judges Kate Rushin and Susanne Davis and teacher Barbara Greenbaum, Windham County Prose Champion Anna Nassiff and family. Behind them are State Prose Champion Sheldon Gaskell and family.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER BOB LEUCI
KEYNOTE SPEAKER LAUREN HEFFERON
Diane Smith Opens The Program Following Greeting
By Hartford Club General Manager James Fisher
-- photo via Cosmic Jibaros
Jen Allen Big Band Vocalists Before The Show:
Shannon Gunnip, Laura McCabe, DominiQue
-- Photo by Meg Rivers