Darien Library is pleased to present Charles Rafferty as our 2019 Poet’s Voice poet.
Charles Rafferty is the author of several books of poetry, including The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, 2017),
A Less Fabulous Infinity (Louisiana Literature Press, 2006), and The Man on the Tower (University of Arkansas
Press, 1995), which received the Arkansas Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker,
Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. He has won grants from the National Endowment for
the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, as well as the 2016 NANO Fiction Prize.
Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College and teaches at the Westport Writers’
Workshop. Rafferty’s work is “sometimes lyrical and ecstatic, sometimes funny and self-deprecating, sometimes wistful, but always beautifully precise.”
This program is available through the support of the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund
and the Friends of the Darien Library.
About the Poet's Voice
The Poet’s Voice – the series that has brought Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Prize recipients, and Poets Laureate to local public libraries – celebrated its 40th season in 2017, with readings at Darien Library and Greenwich Library. The series, traditionally held at Fairfield County libraries, is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund. The Manacher family of Greenwich has supported these readings since 1977 in an effort to bring notable poets to the community. The readings have included Pulitzer Prize winners Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, and James Tate. Nobel Prize winners Joseph Brodsky and Derek Walcott have also appeared over the years, as have U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) Billy Collins and Connecticut Poet Laureate (2001-2006) Marilyn Nelson. Dana Gioia, a reader in the series and former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts labeled the series “a model for poetry readings.”
Join our friends at Greenwich Library on Sunday, May 19th as they welcome poet Peter Balakian as their selection for this year's Poet's Voice.