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. The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m.
A poet and a visual artist, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is the author of two poetry collections: Ubasute, which won the 2020 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition, and the full-length collection Common Grace, forthcoming in Fall 2022. His honors include a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Literature, and a Best New Poets anthology nomination. His poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, DMQ Review, Tule Review, Louisiana Literature, and elsewhere. Aaron earned an MFA in creative writing from Boston University.
The Poet Laureate of Washington, CT, Karen Silk has been a psychotherapist, teacher, and business woman. She is currently a broker with Sotheby’s International Realty and serves as a Director of the Washington Environmental Council. Karen has studied with Vijay Seshadri, Kevin Pilkington, and the late Agha Shahid Ali among others. Her 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 of Ridgefield Poet Laureate Barb Jennes, whose mission is to encourage Ridgefield residents to read, write, listen to, and enjoy more poetry. Jennes, a widely published, award-winning poet, is a retired Ridgefield Public Schools educator.
Grounds will open at 6:30 for the event. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket and are invited to bring refreshments, but should be aware that no restroom facilities are available during the event. Parking is available on-site and across Main Street at Jesse Lee Church.
The event’s rain venue is the Ridgefield Guild of Artists at 34 Halpin Lane.
Both of the poets’ books will be available for sale.