July 4, 2022

Poets Celebrate National Poetry Month at Chester Public Library

“In Our Words:  Four Local Poets” celebrates the power, beauty, and fun of poetry with a reading at Chester Public Library on Monday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The poets, all with ties to Chester, include Barbara Earle, Tim Napier, Pam Nomura, and Hannah Watkins.  Barbara Earle, who received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin at age 68, has been writing poetry that reflects her marvelous sense of humor all her life.  She has been known to write more serious poems, as well and takes great joy in both writing and reciting poetry.   

Tim Napier credits his mentor and friend, poet William Meredith, with igniting his love of words when he was a graduate student at Connecticut College.  The fire has continued to burn as Napier, an award-winning poet, taught creative writing at the high school level throughout his career.  He has been published on numerous occasions and is pleased to be at a point in his life where he can devote as much time as he likes to writing.

Pamela Nomura has lived most of her life in Connecticut and Hawaii, places that appear again and again in her poems.  Nomura has been published in a number of journals and magazines and her chapbook, Water and Land by Turns, was published in 2001.  She has given workshops and readings at prisons, shelters, convalescent homes, libraries, museums and universities, and has been in residence at Soul Mountain Retreat, the Blue Mountain Center, and, most recently, in Cape Town, South Africa, where she partnered with U.S. and South African performing artists to work with youth-at-risk.

Hannah Watkins, a sophomore at Middlesex Community College, is one of only five 2011 Connecticut Student Poets recognized by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit.   As part of this elite group, Watkins is on tour reading her original poetry at various colleges in the state and at the Sunken Garden at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Conn. Watkins’ work has been published in Freshwater, The Bethel Bulletin, and her college’s publications: The Flying Horse and Pegasus and will appear in the fall issue of the prestigious creative arts publication, Connecticut Review.

Following their readings, the poets will welcome questions and refreshments will be served.  Register for the program by calling the Library at 860-526-0018.  Chester Library is located at 21 W. Main Street in Chester, CT.