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Join us as Marianela Medrano and Laurel Peterson read from their poetry, discuss women's issues in contemporary poetry, and answer audience questions. The event is free--and all are welcome!

Marianela Medrano is a Dominican writer, a licensed professional counselor and a certified poetry therapist. Dr. Medrano was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. A poet and a writer of non-fiction and fiction, she holds a PhD in psychology, a professional counselor’s license and certification as a poetry therapist.

Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines in Latin America, Europe and the United States. The following are her individual publications: Oficio de Vivir (1986). Santo Domingo: Editorial Buho; Los Alegres Ojos de la Tristeza/Happy Eyes of Sadness (1987). Santo Domingo: Editorial Buho; Regando Esencias/ The Scent of Waiting (1998). New York: Alcance Curada de Espantos/One Who Has Seen It All (2002). Madrid, Spain: Ediciones Torremozas; Prietica. A children's story (2012). Santo Domingo: Alfaguara Infantil. Ars Poetica .

Laurel Peterson is the current poet laureate of Norwalk. She is a Professor of English at Norwalk Community College (NCC), where she teaches literature, creative and expository writing, and interdisciplinary courses in the arts and social sciences. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College.

Her writing career has included a column for Gannett Suburban Newspapers on local history, as well as academic conference papers and serving as editor of the literary journal Inkwell. Her work has been published in many small literary journals. She has two chapbook, That’s the Way the Music Sounds, (Finishing Line Press, 2009); Talking to the Mirror (Last Automat Press, 2010). Her mystery novel, Shadow Notes, was published by Barking Rain Press (2016). A full length poetry collection, Do You Expect Your Art to Answer? was published by Futurecycle Press (2016).

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