Two award-winning young poets who are Ct Circuit Student Poets – Tess Bird, and Lisa Butler, will give a joint reading.
Tess Bird is a Women’s Studies major with a concentration in Creative Writing at the University of Connecticut, class of 2008. Last year she studied in Glasgow, Scotland for six months, where she was able to pursue her love of the visual arts. At UConn she works in the Writing Center and is the editor of the Women’s Center Newsletter. Tess is interested in the intersection of visual art, writing, feminism, and culture, and in breaking the boundaries among them. After graduating this spring, she plans to travel for a year and then apply to MFA programs in Writing. Tess was born in Connecticut.
Lisa Butler is a Visual Fine Arts major at Manchester Community College. Lisa lived in Austria as well as China as an exchange student and toured the US and Mexico as part of a puppet theater from 1990-1993. From 2000-02, she was the Manager of Business Affairs for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in Bridgeport and brought up in Monroe, Lisa currently lives in Glastonbury and hopes to buy a house and convert the barn into a studio where she can work in metal, wood, ceramic, and plastic. Lisa’s poetry has been published in Shapes, the literary magazine of Manchester Community College, and in Freshwater. She has received Honorable Mention in the Freshwater Poetry Contest 2006 and First Place in the MCC Writing Contest for Poetry in 2006. She was chosen the Outstanding Young Poet at MCC in 2007. Lisa also received the Tessie K. Sharps Prize for an Essay on Friendship at Hunter College.