Poetry Rocks!,the quarterly series held at Arts Center East, is featuring the award-winning poet, playwright and novelist John Surowiecki, and is celebrating the publication of Victoria Nordlund’s first book of poetry, on May 19, 3:00 p.m. The student poet will be a “Sunken Garden Fresh Voice” Alex Nordlund of Glastonbury High School.
John Surowiecki is the author of five full poetry collections—most recently Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress and Other Poems (Encircle, 2017)—as well as seven chapbooks. He is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s first Pegasus Award for verse drama for his play, My Nose and Me (A TragedyLite or TragiDelight in 33 Scenes). He’s also won the Washington Prize, the White Pine Prize, the Nimrod Pablo Neruda Prize, a Poetry Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and The Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel for Pie Man in 2017. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Carolina Review, Folio, Indiana Review, Margie, Oyez Review, Mississippi Review, Nimrod, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Redivider, The Southern Review, West Branch, Yemassee, and many other journals. Surowiecki grew up in Meriden, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UCONN, and has worked as teacher, editor, journalist, and copywriter.
Victoria Nordlund teaches creative writing at Rockville High School and is an adjunct professor at UCONN. Her chapbook, Binge Watching Winter on Mute, is being published by Main Street Rag. She is a 2018 “Best of the Net” and “Pushcart Prize Nominee,” as well as the 2016 NEATE Poet of the Year, and First Place winner in the Connecticut Writing Project’s poetry contest. Her work has appeared in PANK Magazine, Coffin Bell, Gone Lawn, Ghost Proposal, Amaryllis Poetry, Philosophical
Idiot, and other journals. Victoria is part of a wonderful writing group, The Wordsong Poets.
Alexander Nordlund attends Glastonbury High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. His poetry and prose have received recognition in the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards and UConn’s Connecticut Student Writers. Last year, he was selected to attend the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf, Vermont, and he was selected as a “Fresh Voice” winner and reader at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Alex is also a guitarist, singer, and songwriter whose music has been featured on Connecticut’s Radio 104.1.
Cost: $5 donation at the door/ACE members free