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People and Their Poems

37 EpisodesProduced by Sandy CarlsonWebsite

People and Their Poems is a podcast about the poems that make a difference in our world. In each episode, I'll talk with a person who has been influenced by poetry and become a poet or a supporter of this literary form. We'll learn about the poems or lyrics that became their mentors or their muses a… read more

37 Episodes | 2022 - 2023

Nature Poetry - A Visit with Tom Nicotera and Sherri Bedingfield

November 15th, 2023


Sandy Carlson, poet laureate of Woodbury, Conn., talks nature poetry with Tom Nicotera and Sherri Bedingfield.

Sheryll (Sherri) Bedingfield is a family therapist, psychotherapist, and a counselor with the Youth & …

A Visit with Slava Konoval - Poet and Lawyer

July 7th, 2023


Sandy Carlson, poet laureate of Woodbury, Conn., visits with Vyacheslav (Slava) Konoval, a Ukrainian poet and lawyer whose creative works have been translated into six languages. A writer of poetry for the past two …

A Visit with Rick Magee, poet laureate Bethel, Connecticut

June 25th, 2023


Rick Magee, poet laureate of Bethel, Conn., and an English professor at Sacred Heart University, grew up in California and moved to the East Coast to work on his PhD. His wife Rebecca is also an English professor, and …

A Visit with Chris Gaffney - Comedian, Poet, Dad

May 15th, 2023


Chris Gaffney is a stay-at-home dad to a 3-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy residing in Wolcott, Connecticut, where he also serves on the board of …

A Visit with Nicole Garcia - Poet, Educator, Editor

May 13th, 2023


Listen as Sandy Carlson, poet laureate of Woodbury, Conn. (,) talks with Nicole Caruso Garcia, whose full-length debut poetry …

A Visit with Jack Powers, Retired Teacher and Poet

April 23rd, 2023


Jack Powers taught high school special education, English and writing for 38 years. He won the 2015 and 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contests …

A Visit with John Stanizzi, Poet

April 21st, 2023


John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide …

A Visit with Julie Cook, Musician and Poet

April 9th, 2023


Julie Cook lives in Woodbury, Connecticut, where she is a poet, musician, and music teacher. She has been writing poetry and making music ever since …

A Visit with Deborah Nash Ott - Teacher, Poet, Writer

April 9th, 2023


Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Deborah Nash Ott holds a Masters of Education in Secondary Education, English. She taught for 35 years in the …

A Visit with Patricia Lee Lewis - Writer, Educator, Poet

March 31st, 2023


Patricia Lee Lewis has led more than 70 creative writing and yoga retreats in 10 countries and hundreds of creative writing workshops and retreats in the US--mostly at Patchwork Farm Retreat on a little mountain in …

A Visit with Antoinette Brim-Bell, Poet Laureate, State of Connecticut

March 22nd, 2023


Antoinette Brim-Bell of West Haven is Connecticut’s eighth poet laureate. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections: These Women You …

A Visit with Laurel Peterson, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Norwalk

March 14th, 2023


Laurel S. Peterson is a community college English professor whose poetry has been published in many literary journals. She has two poetry chapbooks--

A Visit with Melissa Studdard, Poet and Professor

March 12th, 2023


Melissa Studdard is the author of five books, including the poetry collections Dear Selection Committee and I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, the …

A Visit with Dennis Barone - Poet, Professor, Editor

February 28th, 2023


Dennis Barone, professor emeritus at the University of Saint Joseph, was born in New Jersey. He attended Bard College and the University of …

A Visit with Pegi Deitz Shea - Author and Poet

February 18th, 2023


Pegi Deitz Shea, two-time winner of the CT Book Award, has published more than 500 works of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and children's books. She founded and directs Poetry Rocks, and was the inaugural Poet Laureate of …

A Visit with Jessica Cuello - Poet, Editor, Teacher

February 18th, 2023


Jessica Cuello is poetry editor at Tahoma Review and has been a French and English teacher in the public schools for 27 years. Her books include Liar

A Visit with Tom Nicotera - Poet, Teacher, Performer

February 4th, 2023


Tom Nicotera has taught poetry classes and workshops in Washington, D.C., including at Immaculata College and Georgetown University. Tom ran a poetry …

A Visit with Suzanne Frischkorn - Poet, Essayist, Editor

January 21st, 2023


Suzanne Frischkorn is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is the author of Fixed Star (JackLeg Press2022) as well as the books Girl on a Bridge and Lit Windowpane (both from Main Street Rag Press). Her chapbooks are

A Visit with Barb Jennes, poet laureate, Ridgefield, CT

January 14th, 2023


B. Fulton Jennes ("Barb") Jennes spent the first 25 years of her career as an advertising copywriter and freelance corporate writer and editor. After …

A Visit with Sarah Marze, Musician, Composer, Vocalist

January 4th, 2023


Sarah Marze is a composer, vocalist, and conductor from Canton, CT. She is an Honors Student studying Music Composition and Vocal Performance at the University of Connecticut with professors Dr. Kenneth Fuchs and Dr. …

BONUS: Holiday Peace Poetry Reading Rebroadcast

December 19th, 2022


Several of Connecticut's leading poets and poets laureate share their works in this holiday peace reading, presented by the Oliver Wolcott Library in …

Visit with Katie Schneider, writer, co-host FUMFA Live

December 3rd, 2022


Host Sandy Carlson talks with Katherine Schneider, a poet and adult ESL professional living in Norwalk, CT. She holds an MFA from Fairfield …

SPECIAL PROMO: Sandy and Jim Kelleher Discuss an Upcoming Virtual Poetry Event

November 27th, 2022


Sandy and Jim discuss an event Jim organized, featuring some of the best poets in Connecticut.  Listen in and learn more about the Holiday Peace …

A Visit with Jim Kelleher, Poet and Teacher

November 19th, 2022

Host Sandy Carlson ( and visits with Jim Kelleher, who teaches literature and composition at Northwestern

Visit with Nancy McMillan, Writer and Teacher

November 12th, 2022


In this episode, Sandy talks with Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem, CT. Nancy is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut …

Visit with Nadine Cascini and Jim Hinkle, owners Studio Hill Gallery

November 7th, 2022


Host Sandy Carlson (, poet laureate of Woodbury,  CT, talks with Nadine Cascini and Jim Hinkle, owners of Studio Hill  Gallery.

Studio Hill is an art gallery, studio, and shop where artists …

Visit with Patricia Martin, Author, Poet, Communications Professional

October 29th, 2022


Sandy talks with Patricia about the influence of meaningful lyrics on Patricia during the heyday of the Beatles' invasion, about  Patricia the roles …

Visit with Elizabeth Kutepov, Writer, Painter, Musician

October 15th, 2022


In this episode, Sandy talks with Elizabeth Kutepov, a writer, musician, and painter living in Roxbury, CT. Elizabeth, whose stage name is Rap to God, talks about searching for the truth and finding the creative source …

BONUS EPISODE: At the Garden - An Arts Escape Session

October 8th, 2022


During a trip with Arts Escape of Southbury, CT, to Hollister House Garden in Washington, CT, Sandy wrote two poems that she read at an Arts Escape …

Visit with Faith Vicinanza, Adventurer, Artist, Photographer, Poet, and Cybersecurity Pro

October 1st, 2022


Sandy talks with Southbury, CT, poet and artist Faith Vicinanza, who discusses her role in slam poetry in Connecticut, the influence of others to …

Visit with Jack Sheedy, Journalist, Copywriter, and Poet

September 17th, 2022


In this conversation with Litchfield County (CT) poet and writer Jack Sheedy, Sandy talks with Jack about his experiences as a youthful journalist …

Visit with Donna Marie Merritt, Poet and Children's Author

September 3rd, 2022


In this episode, Sandy talks with poet and children's author Donna Marie Merritt of Watertown, CT. Donna talks about the down-to-earth poetry she read as a young person that showed her it's OK to be yourself. Donna also …

BONUS EPISODE - "Remembering" - A Studio Hill Session

August 23rd, 2022


In this bonus episode, Sandy talks about the importance of "remembering" during a Woodbury (CT) Arts Association Arts Walk Thursday, Aug. 18.

This episode is a part of the Studio Hill Sessions, talks that Sandy has …

Visit with Amy Dorio, educator and poet

August 20th, 2022


In this episode 3, Sandy talks with Woodbury, CT, poet Amy Dorio (@amy_dorio on Twitter), an educator who writes poetry. Amy reflects on her father's influence on her interest in and pursuit of poetry and the …

Visit with Polly Brody, Poet, Essayist, and Memoirist

August 5th, 2022


In this episode, Sandy talks with Polly Brody of Southbury, CT, a prolific lifelong writer who has written memoirs and essays as well as poems. Polly …

Visit with Pat Mottola, president, Connecticut Poetry Society

July 22nd, 2022


Connecticut poet Pat Mottola, who is president of the Connecticut Poetry Society, and Sandy talk about art history and poetry, the significance of …


July 17th, 2022


This podcast is coming soon. Look for my first episode in August.

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