By LEO CONNELLAN
who you think I am
We Treat Poets, Writers, Authors Right:
The Winsted Citizen
Our Today’s Poets page is inspired by the late Poet Laureate of Connecticut Leo Connellan aka El Bardo The Legend, who published a column under that banner with The Register Citizen of Torrington 1994-95.
Connellan modeled his offering after that of Marcia Lee Masters, poetry editor of The Chicago Tribune. She was the daughter of "Spoon River Anthology" author Edgar Lee Masters, the trailblazing Midwesterner who also shared a law office with Clarence Darrow. "Let's run a poetry column like Marcia Lee Masters," Connellan said. "We'll get lots of readers."
Connellan compiled original works by acclaimed poets and new voices from throughout the nation. The big hitters included New York Quarterly Editor William Packard, Bollingen Prize winner Fred Chappell, Negative Capability Editor Sue Walker and Fulbright Scholars David B. Axelrod and Diana Der-Hovanessian, as well as Connecticut's own Marilyn Nelson, Franz Douskey, Vivian Shipley and Richard Telford. Promising college and high school students also saw their works published by Connellan.
The Today’s Poets page in The Winsted Citizen has published works by Franz Douskey, Kate Rushin, Jon Andersen, Samuel John Hazo, Ravi ‘I Don’t Play the Sitar’ Shankar, Elizabeth Thomas, Steve Straight, Victoria Nordlund and Sandra Bishop Ebner. The June edition will feature poems by Julia Paul and John Stanizzi. Also, please check out our advertisements featuring authors.
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