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February 18 and March 11

Light a fire, find a comfortable chair, have a glass of wine or port in hand, or herbal tea and relax for a live poetry reading.

Scoville’s first Ramble will feature Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford  and Margaret Gibson, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate


Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is an Educator and Activist fervent in achieving community augmentation through literary arts. He is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford. His works have been selected as a finalist for the New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE) Poet of the Year Award, as well as a nominee for a Pushcart Prize.

He is a recipient of the Nutmeg Poetry Award, and the 2020 Connecticut of The Arts Fellow in Artist Excellence for Poetry/ Creative Non-Fiction. Frederick-Douglass is the author of Black Rose City, and a Professor of English at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT


Margaret Gibson, current State of Connecticut Poet Laureate, is the author of 12 books of poems, all from LSU Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, 2018. A new book, The Glass Globe, is forthcoming in 2021.  Awards include the Lamont Selection for Long Walks in the Afternoon, her second book, 1982; the Melville Kane Award (co-winner) for Memories of the Future, (1986), and the Connecticut Book Award for One Body, 2008.  The Vigil was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993.  Broken Cup was a Finalist for 2016 Poets’ Prize, and the title poem from the book won a Pushcart Prize for that year.  “Passage,” from Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, was included in The Best American Poetry, 2017.  She has written a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter, University of Missouri Press, 2008.  Gibson is Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut.  She lives in Preston, CT.  For more information, visit her website:  www.margaretgibsonpoetry.com


Gibson was awarded an Academy of American Poets Grant for Poet Laureates  intended to support her  poetry and fund various poetry projects.  As Poet Laureate, Gibson has taken as her social focus “Poetry and the Environment during Climate Crisis” and is funding videos of Connecticut poets reading their poems about the environment in natural settings and “Green Poetry Cafes”.  An anthology of Connecticut poets writing about climate crisis,  Waking Up to the Earth , will be published in April, 2021.


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