Connecticut poets that appeared at Byrd’s Books- what a wonderful evening!!


About Neil:  Present TenseNeil Silberblatt – Neil has been writing poetry since his college days.  His first collection of poems – So Far, So Good – was published in 2012; a second collection—Present Tense—was published this past August.  His poems have appeared (or will soon appear) in several literary journals, including Verse Wisconsin, Hennen’s Observer, And Then, Naugatuck River Review, and Chantarelle’s Notebook.  One of Neil’s poems — Madison Avenue — was selected by Hennen’s Observer as the Grand Prize Winner for its Open Community Poetry Contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  His work will also be included in the anthology “CONFLUENCIA IN THE VALLEY: The First Five Years of Converging with Words”, to be published by Naugatuck Valley Community College in September 2013.  Neil is the Founder of Voices of Poetry and has organized a series of poetry readings at venues throughout Connecticut, including The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield; Gunn Memorial Library in Washington; Wooster School in Danbury; The Sherman Playhouse; New Britain Museum of American Art; and Hartford Public Library.

Merely Remarkable Human II.phpAbout Susan:  Susan Tuz – Susan is a staff writer for The News Times / Greater New Milford Spectrum.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, having studied at Reed College.  Susan has published a book of her short stories and poems The Presence of Loss, and a collection of her poems and essays Merely Remarkably Human II.  One of the poems from her first collection was selected for the Fall 2012 issue of Connecticut Muse.  She also represents the Town of New Milford on the Housatonic Mental Health Council.  Susan has read her poetry and prose at various venues, including the From Our Hands to Your Ears Literary Reading at Danbury Library; Voices of Poetry—Thanks for the Giving (a benefit for the food pantry & homeless shelter in New Milford); Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury; and The Silo in New Milford.

Tinkers-Damn_cov_moc_sm-198x300About David: David K. Leff, author of numerous essays, columns, and stories for the Hartford Courant, Appalachia and other publications, is a former Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is a member of the Collinsville Historic District Commission and was chairman for twenty years, is a former volunteer firefighter, and a Boy Scout merit badge counselor.

The author of three nonfiction books and two volumes of poetry (including Tinker’s Damn, pictured here), David has read his work, given book talks, and lectured on literary and environmental topics throughout Connecticut and beyond.  He is on the board of Directors of the Riverwood Poetry Series.


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