November 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
903 Main Street
CT 06040

Poets speak for diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti

Michele Gara

James Black, 3rd Eye Studio

James is the author of Waldo and the Ramblings on Man. This author and poet, is a trained teacher, former talk show host, semi-professional soccer player, avid reader, inspirational speaker, and an amateur guitarist.

Julia Morris Paul

Julia Morris Paul, an elder law attorney in Manchester, was named the town’s first poet laureate in 2014. She is a founding member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate and serves on the boards of several poetry organizations. Julia Paul is a poet of fierce compassion and lyric grace

Frederick Douglass Knowles, II

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator and activist involved in community education. He is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford. His collection of poetry, “BlackRoseCity” was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Ryan Parker

Ryan T. Parker is a Manchester based poet, teacher of the year recipient, and artivist. Influenced by the strength, wisdom and humor of his mom, love for hip hop and people, his practices with tutoring at ECSU, and his personal frustrations with his own educational experiences and education system as a whole (his 10th grade English teacher had a sign in her classroom which read, “Silence is Golden” –Ahhh! Freaky stuff!), Ryan developed a passion for teaching and promised himself he would break that golden silence and bring golden noise into education! In addition to teaching middle school students, Ryan also consults with educators running workshops and professional developments centered on The Open Mic Movement in Education and teaching educators strategies for establishing and maintaining effective classroom environments.

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