Waiting for Yoko Series: Celebrating Women’s History with Poet Rhonda M. Ward

Quinebaug Valley Community College presents the Spring 2022 installment of the popular Waiting for Yoko Series: “Celebrating Women’s History with Poet Rhonda M. Ward.” The reading takes place on Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the SPIROL Gallery on QVCC’s main campus at 742 Upper Maple Street in Danielson, Connecticut 06239. An open mic follows the featured reading. The event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Please note: face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required.

Rhonda M. Ward is a native of Dayton, Ohio where she grew up across the street from poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar and began reciting his poems at the age of eight. She has organized poetry readings in the southeastern Connecticut region for nearly 20 years. She currently co-hosts the annual Langston Hughes Community PoetryReading at the Mystic Museum of Art, which will celebrate 14 years in 2022. Rhonda’s poems have appeared in print and online, most recently in Connecticut Woodlands, Cape Cod Quarterly, the nature anthology Waking Up to the Earth (edited by Connecticut Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson), and online at the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Project. Ward has served on the board of directors for The Writers Block Ink and Soul Mountain Retreat. She has collaborated with visual artists on numerous projects including 3 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back, which addresses systemic racism and was exhibited in April 2021 in Vero Beach, FL. Ward has read her poetry internationally, including Skiathos, Greece, Cumbria, UK, and Sofia, Bulgaria. She was appointed Poet Laureate for the City of New London in 2017 and passed the torch to the next poet laureate in April 2021.

For more information please contact Jon Andersen, professor of English, at jandersen@qvcc.edu (860-932-4054) or Jessica Porzuczek, instructor of fine arts at jporzuczek@qvcc.edu (860-932-4000).

Waiting for Yoko Series: Celebrating Women’s History with Poet Rhonda M. Ward

When: Thursday, March 10 @ 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: SPIROL Gallery, Danielson Campus
Admission: Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.
Sponsors: Cultural Programming Committee; Fine Arts Department; English Department
Please note: Face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required.

Quinebaug Valley Community College presents the Spring 2022 installment of the popular Waiting for Yoko Series: “Celebrating Women’s History with Poet Rhonda M. Ward.” The reading takes place on Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the SPIROL Gallery on QVCC’s main campus at 742 Upper Maple Street in Danielson, Connecticut 06239. An open mic follows the featured reading. The event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Please note: face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required.

Rhonda M. WardRhonda M. Ward is a native of Dayton, Ohio where she grew up across the street from poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar and began reciting his poems at the age of eight. She has organized poetry readings in the southeastern Connecticut region for nearly 20 years. She currently co-hosts the annual Langston Hughes Community PoetryReading at the Mystic Museum of Art, which will celebrate 14 years in 2022. Rhonda’s poems have appeared in print and online, most recently in Connecticut Woodlands, Cape Cod Quarterly, the nature anthology Waking Up to the Earth (edited by Connecticut Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson), and online at the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Project. Ward has served on the board of directors for The Writers Block Ink and Soul Mountain Retreat. She has collaborated with visual artists on numerous projects including 3 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back, which addresses systemic racism and was exhibited in April 2021 in Vero Beach, FL. Ward has read her poetry internationally, including Skiathos, Greece, Cumbria, UK, and Sofia, Bulgaria. She was appointed Poet Laureate for the City of New London in 2017 and passed the torch to the next poet laureate in April 2021.

For more information please contact Jon Andersen, professor of English, at jandersen@qvcc.edu (860-932-4054) or Jessica Porzuczek, instructor of fine arts at jporzuczek@qvcc.edu (860-932-4000).

Waiting for Yoko: The Role of Art and Poetry in Facing the Climate Crisis

The Waiting for Yoko Series and the On Cue: Culture and Conversations at QV Speakers Series present, “The Role of Art and Poetry in Facing the Climate Crisis: Margaret Gibson, Connecticut Poet Laureate.”

The reading takes place on Thursday, November 7 from 6-9pm in the Spirol Art Gallery (Danielson Campus). An open mic follows the featured reading. The event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.


Margaret Gibson’s most recent book of poems is Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (Louisiana State University Press, 2018), which was described by poet Stephen Dunn as “a book of lament and acceptance…a great book by one of our great poets.” Gibson is the author of numerous other collections, including Broken Cup, which chronicles her beloved late husband’s journey through Alzheimer’s Disease. Her writing has garnered many honors, including the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets, finalist selection for the National Book Award, the Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Poetry, the Melville Kane Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. Margaret Gibson is Connecticut’s current State Poet Laureate.

For more information please contact Jon Andersen, professor of English at jandersen@qvcc.edu (860-932-4054) or Mark Szantyr, professor of fine arts at mszantyr@qvcc.edu (860-932-4160).

November Coming Events

Quinebaug Valley Community College is hosting a number of events in November. These events are free and open to the public.

  • November 7 – Waiting for Yoko: The Role of Art and Poetry in Facing the Climate Crisis – Join us in the SPIROL Gallery on Thursday, November 7 from 6-9 p.m. for “Waiting for Yoko: The Role of Art and Poetry in Facing the Climate Crisis” featuring Margaret Gibson, Connecticut Poet Laureate. The poetry readings will be followed by an open mic. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Contact: Jon Andersen (jandersen@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4054).
  • November 8 – Veterans Day Celebration – QVCC will celebrate Veterans Day on November 8 from 2-3 p.m. in the Robert E. Miller Auditorium. Bricks added to the Veterans Garden will be dedicated at the ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, the Veterans Connection Photo Exhibit will open in the SPIROL Gallery. Afterwards, guests are welcome to visit the Veterans Garden, located in the circle outside the College’s main entrance. Contact: Annie Hill (ahill@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4114).
  • November 9 – Saturday Registration for Winter and Spring Terms – Meet with an academic advisor to pick the perfect schedule from 9 – 2 p.m. Both the Danielson campus and our Windham Technical High School location will be open. Learn more at www.qvcc.edu/register.
  • November 13 – Fall Open House – Learn about our 50 degree and certificate programs and meet with QVCC faculty at our Fall Open House on Wednesday, November 13 from 6-8 p.m. Apply on or before November 13 for your chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! Contact: Sarah Hendrick (shendrick@qvcc.edu, 860-932-4096).
  • November 20 – Financial Aid Night – Are you planning to attend college? Are you the parent of a senior in high school? Attend our presentation if you want to learn more about funding a college education, sources and types of financial aid, how to complete the FAFSA and more! Contact: QVCC Financial Aid Office (860-932-4003).