June 2nd, 2004 – Vivian Shipley and Tony Fusco
Vivian Shipley, editor of Connecticut Review, is the Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor. In 2001, she won the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, and the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club. In 2000, she won the Marble Faun Award for Poetry from the William Faulkner Society, the Thin Air Magazine Poetry Prize from Northern Arizona University and was named Faculty Scholar at Southern Connecticut State University where she teaches creative writing. She also won the Lucille Medwick Award from The Poetry Society of America, the Ann Stanford Prize from the University of Southern California, the Reader’s Choice Award from Prairie Schooner, the Sonora Review Poetry Prize from the University of Arizona, the So To Speak Poetry Prize from George Mason University, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North, the John Z. Bennett Award for Poetry from University of Southwest Louisiana, and the Hackney Literary Award for Poetry from Birmingham-Southern College. She has published nine books of poetry including How Many Stones?, winner of the Devil’s Millhopper Contest (University of South Carolina-Aiken, 1998), Crazy Quilt, a 2000 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist (Hanover Press, 1999), Fair Haven (Negative Capability Press, 2000), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Echo and Anger, Still (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2000) and Down of Hawk (Sow’s Ear Press, 2001).
Tony Fusco will have his MS in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University in January 04. He is the editor of Caduceus and has been editor of the Southern News. His poems have or will soon appear in: the Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, the Red Rock Review, The South Carolina Review, The Paterson Review, Freshwater Review, Folio, Elm, Long River Run, The Underwood Review, Twilight’s Ending, Laurels, Beanfeast, Vintage, and the Orphic Lute. His poetry has won prizes in several contests including: The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, The Alan Ginsberg Poetry Contest, The Eve Cummings Poetry Prize, The Leslie Leeds Contest, The Southern Connecticut Graduate Poetry Contest, The Joseph Brodine Contest, The Wallace W. Winchell Contest, The Al Savard Poetry Contest, The Pete Hamill Writing Challenge, The Trumbull Arts Festival, The Milford Fine Arts Council, West Haven Council of the Arts, Poets of the Vineyard. He is a member of the Connecticut Poetry Society and the New England Poetry Club, and has served as contest judge for several organizations. Tony produces West Shore Poets a television poetry series at CTV. His poem “Harvest” was nominated for a Pushcart Award. Tony works for the Yale Medical Group and lives in West Haven. (host – Faith)