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The North Haven Memorial Library is pleased to introduce our town's first Poet Laureate, Gabriella Brand. Gabriella's fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in more than fifty literary magazines. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of several poetry awards. Gabriella teaches languages and writing in the OLLI program at UCONN. Gabriella will be serving a two year term (2022-2024). 

This April the library will be hosting a welcoming event to celebrate our new Poet Laureate. Stay tuned for more information! 

Gabriella's Recommendations on Poetry

All books below are available for checkout at the North Haven Library. Click the title's link for more information.

Watch the video of the Selectman's meeting where the Poet Laureate was officially named, and listen to Gabriella's first poems as Poet Laureate here:

North Haven Poet Laureate Committee

The North Haven Poet Laureate Committee is comprised of North Haven Library's Reference Librarian Brittany Pearson,
North Haven Teacher Christine Chromiak, Southern Connecticut State University Professor Jeffrey Mock,
community members Sally Buemi, Dr. Donna DiCello, and Chris Griffiths, and members from the library board. 

Thank you to these committee members who have come together to select North Haven's inaugural Poet Laureate. 
 

Requirements and Application for North Haven’s Poet Laureate

The mission of North Haven’s Poet Laureate Program is to communicate the value of poetry and use poetry as a means to engage, educate, and entertain the community at large. The Poet Laureate of the Town of North Haven serves as an ambassador promoting the creation and enjoyment of poetry. 

Requirements:

  • Must be a North Haven resident.

  • Must be age 21 or older.

  • Two year term commitment to developing programs, promoting reading and writing, public speaking, and representing North Haven in the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate.

Policy and Procedures can be found in the application below.

Full Program Outline and Application: