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Photo of poet John Stanizzi

Poets John Stanizzi (above) and Lisa C. Taylor (below) will read on Feb. 20.

Photo of poet Lisa C. Taylor

Waiting for Yoko Returns Feb. 20

Waiting for Yoko Spoken Word Series Returns to QVCC on February 20 (2/12/13)

The popular Waiting for Yoko Spoken Word series continues Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Quinebaug Valley Community College’s Spirol Gallery, with readings by poets John Stanizzi and Lisa C. Taylor. This free event starts at 6:30 pm.

John Leonard Stanizzi is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Dance Against the Wall (Antrim House, 2012). He is a former Wesleyan University Etherington Scholar, has been a poet-in-residence at Manchester Community College and in the Middletown Public School system. In 1998 he was named New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been widely anthologized. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Manchester Community College and teaches English at Bacon Academy in Colchester, Conn., where for many years he directed the theater program.

Lisa C. Taylor is the author of four collections of poetry; most recently Necessary Silence (Arlen House / Syracuse University Press-available February 15, 2013), a collaborative collection with Irish poet and writer Geraldine Mills, The Other Side of Longing (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press 2011). Her previous collections include the chapbooks, Insufficient Thanks (Finishing Line Press) and Talking to Trees (Finishing Line Press) which was nominated for the L.L. Winship Pen New England Award.

The Spoken Word Series was created by Professor of Fine Arts Mark Szantyr, Gallery Director Audrey Mucci, and Associate Professor of English Brian Kaufman, and was named for Yoko Ono, an artist, author and peace activist, who is invited to each event. Sandwiches and light refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to attend.

For more information please contact Gallery Director Audrey Mucci at or Mark Szantyr, professor of fine arts, at or call 860-412-7231.

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