Keeler Gardens poetry series in Ridgefield begins with reading by CT Poet Laureate

The Keeler Gardens Poetry Series begins June 27.

The Keeler Gardens Poetry Series begins June 27.

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RIDGEFIELD — The Keeler Gardens Poetry Series begins June 27 with CT Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson “A Garden of Verse.”

The summer-long evening poetry series, hosted in the historic walled gardens of Keeler Tavern, will launch with a reading by retiring Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson and poet H.E. Fisher. Gibson, whose state poet laureate term expires on July 1, is the author of 13 books of poems, most recently “The Glass Globe.”

With a grant from the Academy of American Poets, she edited an anthology, Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis.

Poet H.E. Fisher will join Gibson to read from her new collection, called “The Sterile Field.”

Both poets have authored collections that link the failing health of a spouse with the current environmental crisis, a release said.

Additional poetry readings will be held on July 11 (Meredith Bergmann and Kyle Potvin), July 25 (Joan Kwon Glass and Jordan Franklin), August 8 (BK Fischer and Suzanne Frischkorn), and August 25 (spouses Aaron and Luisa CaycedoKimura and Laurel Peterson/Van Hartmann).

On alternating Mondays (July 4, July 18, August 1, and August 25), the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will present a series of “Music at the Museum” performances.

All five poetry events are free. Grounds open at 6:30 and readings begin at 7 p.m. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket and may bring a picnic dinner.

The “A Garden of Verse” series is curated and hosted by Ridgefield Poet Laureate Barb Jennes. State Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson and poet H.E. Fisher.