The “As We Keep Our Distance” Virtual Poet’s Stage


Although we are maintaining social distance and staying at home we can still kick off National Poetry Month with a great poetry feature event planned just for you!!!

Join us online as we present 3 outstanding Poets who will be featuring at this online event.

Facebook Event Page:


Date:  Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Time:  4:00PM EDT to 5:30PM EDT (GMT-6)

21 years and over please

Admission:  Free

No Open Mic for this one

Location: Online –

– instructions for first time Zoom users can be found at bottom of this post

Featured Poets

  • Laurel Peterson – Author, Poet, 2016-2019 Poet Laureate Norwalk CT
  • Van Hartman—Author, Poet – Norwalk CT
  • Jane Ormerod—Author, Poet, Founding Editor of great weather for MEDIA – New York, NY

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson


Laurel S. Peterson

Laurel S. Peterson is an English professor at Norwalk Community College and her poetry has been published in many literary journals. She has two chapbooks,That’s the Way the Music Sounds (Finishing Line Press) and Talking to the Mirror (Last Automat Press). Her full length collection, Do You Expect Your Art to Answer? (Futurecycle Press) was released in January 2017. She has also written a mystery novel, Shadow Notes, which is available through Barking Rain Press. Laurel served as the town of Norwalk, Connecticut’s poet laureate from 2016 – 2019.

Van Hartman

Van Hartmann is a Professor of English at Manhattanville College.  He received his B.A. in History from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina.  His poetry has appeared in numerous journals.  He has published two books of poetry (Shiva Dancing, Texture Press, 2007, and Riptide, Texture Press, 2016) and a chapbook (Between What Is and What Is Not, The Last Automat Press, 2010). He lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with his wife, Laurel Peterson. He can be contacted at or at

Jane Ormerod

Jane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press), and the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books). Her work also appears in numerous publications including  From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, Maintenant, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Post (stranger), The Pedestal, Sensitive Skin, and Paris Lit Up. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA.

If you are new to Zoom, follow these instructions

  1. Go to the Facebook Event Details (or the About tab) and select/tap the Zoom link.
  2. You may receive a prompt to copy link, if that happens, highlight the link, copy it and past it in the address field of your browser and press enter (or paste and go)
  3. If it is your first time using zoom,you will receive a prompt that says the download should automatically start – if it does not, just press the download here link.
  4. Once the application downloads, Zoom will start and you will press Join Meeting and you will automatically join the meeting.
  5. If the application does not download, press the “join from your browser” button that is displayed.

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