The Power of Poetry

Author Carol Ann Davis understands the power of the written word. So it’s not surprising that the Newtown resident and faculty member in the University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program helped organize a free, six-week workshop for Newtown school students and their parents, offering them a chance to put their thoughts into words in the aftermath of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In June, participants celebrated the publication of a collection of their work, In the Yellowy Green Phase of Spring: Poems for Newtown, with a garden party at Dana Holcombe House in Newtown. Some of the students, from grades three through six, read from their work. Professor Davis teamed with Lea Attanasio, a fourth grade teacher at Newtown’s Hawley School, Dr. Elizabeth Boquet, University dean of academic engagement at the time, and University student Charlotte Pecquex ’15, an English major, to make the plan a reality. The Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield, the Office of Service Learning, and the Humanities Institute sponsored the initiative. The organizers hope to take the model into schools and community centers in Bridgeport in the coming year.