On Tuesday, July 20, Ridgefield Poet Laureate Barb Jennes welcomes poets Aaron Caycedo-Kimura and Karen Silk for a reading in the walled garden of the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, located at 152 Main Street in Ridgefield. Playback will start at 7:00 p.m.
Poet and visual artist, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is the author of two collections of poetry: Ubasute, which won the Slapering Hol Press Chapbook 2020 competition, and the full collection Common Grace, to be released in the fall of 2022. His accolades include a Robert Pinsky World Fellowship in Poetry, an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation and a Best new poets nomination to the anthology. His poetry appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, DMQ exam, TulÃ© review, Louisiana Literature, and elsewhere. Aaron received an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University.
Poet Laureate from Washington, CT, Karen Silk has been a psychotherapist, teacher, and businesswoman. She is currently a broker at Sotheby’s International Realty and is Director of the Washington Environmental Council. Karen studied with Vijay Seshadri, Kevin Pilkington and the late Agha Shahid Ali, among others. His first collection, Somewhere a bird, was published in 2012.
The event is the first in a series of readings titled “A Garden of Verse,” a project by Ridgefield poet laureate Barb Jennes, whose mission is to encourage Ridgefield residents to read, write, listen and appreciate more poetry. Jennes, a widely published and award-winning poet, is a retired Ridgefield Public School educator.
The grounds will open at 6.30 p.m. for the event. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket and are welcome to bring refreshments, but should be aware that no toilet facilities are available during the event. Parking is available on site and across the main street at Jesse Lee Church.
The rain location for the event is the Ridgefield Guild of Artists at 34 Halpin Lane.
The two books of the poets will be available for sale.