The Ridgefield Poet Laureate Selection Panel has selected Barb Jennes to be appointed by the Board of Selectman as Ridgefield’s first town poet laureate. Jennes has accepted this three-year position, which runs from April 2020 through March 2023. A special ceremony and poetry reading will take place at a date to be announced.
Barb Jennes is a retired English teacher who has taught poetry classes to children, teens, adults and seniors. She recently was selected as a 30/30 Project poet and her poem “Not” was chosen as the second place winner in the 2019 CT Poetry Society’s competition. Also, in 2019 she was accepted by, and participated in, the highly competitive Bread Loaf Writers Conference.