Three RI Poets will discuss poetry and read some of their works to celebrate National Poetry month in April: Carol Anderheggen (Portsmouth), Heather Sullivan (Portsmouth) and David Dragone (Middletown.) .
Carol Anderheggen was born Carol Mae Ray in Miami, Florida, and though she still loves the sight of green fronds waving in a breeze against an azure sky, she is a transplanted New Englander now. Carol’s poems have appeared in The Great Swamp Gazette, The 2010 Rhode Island Writer’s Circle Anthology, URI Women, Anemone, Northeast Journal, Women Against Nuclear War, A Letter Among Friends, NEARI Bylines, Newport Life and other regional journals. She has self-published two chapbooks – Are You a Born Child? and The Breast Cycle, a Journey of Dreams and Nightmares. Each chapbook has since been published by Finishing Line Press under the titles Born-Child and Writing Down Cancer.
David Dragone is the Editor-in-Chief of Crosswinds Poetry Journal, an international journal of poetry, now in its 8th year of publication. Dave’s poetry has appeared in Avocet, Bryant Literary Review, California Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Commonweal, Connecticut River Review, Main Street Rag, The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Public Radio, and Trinity Repertory Theater. His most recent book, Primal, was published in 2022 by Main Street Rag Publishing.
Heather Sullivan is a founding member of Ocean State Poets, a nonprofit whose mission is to give voice to Rhode Islanders by conducting workshops and readings across the state. Her chapbook, These Onyx Hours, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Sullivan is the editor of two poetry collections published by Salve Regina University featuring the works of 75 individuals. In 2007, Heather was appointed Assistant Creative Director of The Writers’ Circle, Inc., where she volunteered through 2010. In 2007, Sullivan was a panel judge for Barnes and Noble’s state-wide Maya Angelou High School Poetry Contest.