BRANFORD, CT — Celebrate the launch of Write Earth: Windblown I, a national anthology showcasing the work of poets writing about conserved land for 11 land trusts across the country, at a reception scheduled for Nov. 13.
A creative project of the Branford Land Trust and the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance, the book launch and arts reception, free and open to the public, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance Gallery, 1004 Main Street, Branford. Light refreshments will be served and masks are encouraged.
Poet Laurel Peterson, of Branford and Norwalk, will read a selection of her poems about Branford’s Beacon Hill Preserve, and artwork featured in the book by BLT and BACA members will be on display.
Peterson, an English teacher at Norwalk Community College, had her poetry published in many small literary journals. She has two books of poetry: That’s the Way the Music Sounds and Talking to the Mirror. She co-edited a collection of essays on women’s justice titled (Re) Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience, wrote the mystery novel Shadow Notes, and published a comprehensive poetry collection, Do You Expect Your Art. to Answer You?
She was the Norwalk Poet Laureate from April 2016 to April 2019.
About Write the Earth: Windblown I
Write the Earth: Windblown Ipublished by NatureCulture LLC, is a creative collaboration between BACA and the BLT features four poems by Peterson and works by local artists Tricia Bohan, Lauren Brown, Gerry Casanova, Jan Doyle, Silvia Drewery, Barbara Dwyer, Sharon Hart, Lisa Hesselgrave, Carol Cable Hurst, Trish Kater, Jeanette Mobeck, Sylvia Ohlrich, Gaile Ramey, Dierdre Baker Schiffer, Maria Stockmal, Robert Thomas and Patricia Towle.
This book was made possible by funding from the Deirdre Baker Schiffer Fund at the Branford
Land Trust, with special thanks to BACA volunteers for swearing the art submissions. Product
from the sale of the book will benefit the conservation efforts of the Branford Land Trust.
“Writing the Land is an attempt to honor nature and our relationship with it in a way that
fair and transparent because it is deep and tangled,” said editor Lis McLoughlin. “We intend to
to be as inclusive – for humans and places – as we hope is the cloak of protection trusted by the earth
the offer may be. Our work will never be complete but gains strength, depth, beauty and energy in a
multitude of voices.
About Branford Land Trust
The Branford Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, accredited by the Land Trust
Alliance, formed in 1967 to protect Branford’s open spaces and natural resources. Executed by
voluntary and supported by member families and businesses, the Land Trust manages and
protects over 1,000 acres in over 130 parcels and holds conservation easements on another
400 acres at Branford.
About the Branford Arts and Culture Alliance
The Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance, BACA, is a local non-profit organization founded in
2014, whose mission is to support the arts in Branford. They do this by showcasing public art
exhibitions, and through the gallery they operate at 1004 Main Street, where the work of
more than 50 artists are presented. Our mission is simple: improve the quality of life in Branford
through the arts.
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