Fairfield man wins Connecticut poetry prize

The Connecticut Poetry Society announced that Fairfield resident Jack Powers is the winner of the 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest.

Powers won with his poem, “Counting,” described by judge Jeff Mock as “an intelligent, moving meditation on celebrity and the misspent life and also on the glory of simply living, whether we spend our days well or not.”

Powers teaches special education and English at Joel Barlow High School in Redding. His poems have appeared in Rattle, Cortland Review, Inkwell and Poet Lore, and he was the 2005 CCTE Poet of the Year and the 2008 NEATE Poet of the Year. He is a fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield.

Powers will read at The Studio Around the Corner in Brewster, N.Y., on Feb. 9. To view his poems, visit jackpowers13.com/poet.

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