The Connecticut Poetry Society presents a reading by poets Kathleen McIntosh and Peter Ulisse at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event starts at 7 PM. Admission is free but donations to support BVFCC’s programming are encouraged.
The Connecticut Poetry Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry. Its mission is to encourage a community devoted to poetry through chapter meetings, education and events. Laura and Victor Altshul co-Chair the New Haven branch of the CPS, which meets monthly to workshop poems and to encourage programs in the area.
Kathleen McIntosh grew up in various parts of the Midwest as well as Texas and California. Following this peripatetic childhood, she attended college in Massachusetts and then remained in the Northeast, anchored by graduate school, work and family, as three siblings also migrated to New England. In 1980 she received a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and thereafter was a professor of Hispanic Studies for over thirty years at Westfield State University. Beginning in the early 1980’s, she also helped to establish and taught in a Women’s Studies program. She began to write poetry when retirement opened up a space for this dormant passion, and has been pleased to discover on her Connecticut doorstep a large and welcoming community of lovers and writers of poetry.
Peter Ulisse has been writing poetry for over 40 years and has published over a hundred poems in literary magazines, journals, and books throughout out the country. He has read many of them in libraries, schools, and in the media, both radio and public television. In addition, he has turned out several chapbooks and the Edwin Mellen Press published hardcovers of his Memory Is An Illusive State and the very well reviewed Vietnam Voices.
Peter is a former President of the Connecticut Poetry Society and editor of the Connecticut River Review as well as having reviewed poetry for Small Pond of Literature. A retired English professor at Housatonic Community College, he also chaired the Humanities Department there for 20 years twice serving as Acting Academic Dean. He is married to former colleague Sheila Anderson and has three adult children-Chris, Rebecca, and Justin—as well as three grandchildren—Tyler, Austin, and Naomi. He practices daily meditation and enjoys tai chi, yoga, pickle ball, painting, movies, and just about anything to do with nature.