Jack Powers in Norwalk, CT



Poets in Conversation: Powers and Herman

by Poet Laureate, Norwalk, CT


Event Information


Join us this fall for Poets in Conversation at the Norwalk Public Library. Each evening features two poets, who will read from their work and discuss the writing life with the audience. We have an amazing line-up this fall and hope you can join us for all four events! Questions? Contact Laurel Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hope to see you there.

Jack Powers teaches special education. English and math at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut, and directs the school’s Writing Center. He looks remarkably young for someone who has taught at JBHS for over 35 years.

Mr. Powers collects degrees in low-paying fields including a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University, an MS in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and an MFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. He won the 2015 and 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contests and was a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 Rattle Poetry Prizes. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, Cortland Review and elsewhere. His collection, Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar, is scheduled for publication in November 2018 by Golden Antelope Press.

Michele Herman’s stories, poems, essays and articles have appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times, The Sun, Lilith and Diagram, and her first poetry chapbook, Victory Boulevard, was published in 2018 by Finishing Line Press. She teaches at The Writers Studio, and as a developmental editor and private writing coach she has helped many writers bring their manuscripts to fruition. She won the 2018 New York Press Association Better Newspaper Award for best column, is a two-time winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize for her translations of Jacques Brel songs, and was a semifinalist for the 2016 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. One of her short stories appears in the anthology The Writers Studio at 30 (Epiphany Editions, 2017). She is also a long-time columnist for The Villager, the Greenwich Village weekly paper, and often performs her own prose and poetry in cabaret and theatrical settings around New York City. She is a Norwalk native, the mother of two grown sons, and lives with her husband in Greenwich Village.

Date and Time

Thu, December 6, 2018

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST


Norwalk Public Library

1 Belden Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06850

This is part of a series of events organized by the poet laureate.