Ginny Lowe Connors’ chapbook, Under the Porch (Hill-Stead Museum, 2010) won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize.
She’s published several poetry collections, including Barbarians in the Kitchen (Antrim House Books, 2005) and The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line (Antrim House Books, 2012).
Connors’ new book, Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village is now available. This devastating and inspiring collection of poems depicts the depths to which the human spirit can descend, while exalting the courage and humanity of that spirit in the reactions of many to the Salem witch hunt of 1692. The Hartford Courant recently ran a feature on this book, including a couple of sample poems and some video. You can view it here.
This book was also featured on the MassPoetry.org monthly blog--read the feature article and interview at MassPoetry to learn more about the book and the writing process for it.
She’s also edited several poetry anthologies. Recent anthologies include Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry and Laureates of Connecticut: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, and numerous poetry awards have come her way, including Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition Prize.
She was named “Poet of the Year” by the New England Association of Teachers of English. A board member of the Connecticut Poetry Society, she also runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books.
Currently she is co-editor of Connecticut River Review, along with Pat Mottola. The reading period for this national journal of poetry is January 1-April 1.
Connors has served as the Poet Laureate of the town of West Hartford, Connecticut and is a founding member of the CCPL (Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate). In addition, she is on the executive board of The Connecticut Poetry Society.
She earned an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Ginny Lowe Connors retired this year after many years as an English teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut. Her husband Marty also teaches, and they have four grown children.
Connors reviews poetry books for the New York Journal of Books.
Poetry in the Parks is a project I initiated for the town of West Hartford. It blends poetry and art within the natural environment of our parks. In early July, 2015,displays were installed in Fernridge Park and Westmoor Park. Each poetry post presents a poem written by a local poet combined with the artistic expression of an artist from the area. The displays are on view throughout the summer and fall. Here is more information on the project.
The Connecticut Poetry Society
is a wonderful resource for poets in the state. A long-time executive officer, I have served as a facilitator for the Hartford chapter and as a coordinator for contests sponsored by the organization. Currently I edit the newsletter and help plan events for the group.
Connecticut Poetry Society
is the small poetry press I run. We sponsor an annual chapbook contest, an annual book contest, and publish poetry collections by local and national poets.
Poetry at the Hill-Stead Museum Sunken Garden
The Hill-Stead Museum does a great deal to promote poetry. Their summer reading festival entices nationally renowned poets to the Sunken Garden. Wesleyan University Press published an anthology of poetry read in their garden.
Sunken Garden Poetry