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Phosphorescence Contemporary Poetry Series
Thursday, June 20, 6pm ET

Phosphorescence June 2024 featured poets:
Benjamin Grossberg and Julien Strong


This virtual program is free to attend. Registration is required. 


To Emily Dickinson, phosphorescence was a divine spark and the illuminating light behind learning — it was volatile, but transformative in nature. Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Phosphorescence Contemporary Poetry Series celebrates contemporary creativity that echoes Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. The Series features established and emerging poets whose work and backgrounds represent the diversity of the flourishing contemporary poetry scene. Join us on a Thursday evening each month to hear from poets around the world as they read their work and discuss what poetry and Dickinson mean to them.

About this month’s poets:

headshot of poet Benjamin GrossbergBenjamin S. Grossberg (he/him) is the author of four books of poetry including My Husband Would (University of Tampa, 2020), winner of the 2021 Connecticut Book Award, and Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa, 2009), winner of the Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. He also wrote the novel, The Spring Before Obergefell (University of Nebraska Press, 2024), winner of the 2023 AWP Award Series James Alan McPherson Prize. He directs the creative writing program at the University of Hartford. bengrossberg.wixsite.com


headshot of poet Julien StrongJulien Strong (they/them) is the author of four books, including the poetry collections The Mouth of Earth (University of Nevada Press, 2020) and Tour of the Breath Gallery (Texas Tech University Press, 2013). Their poetry has appeared in The Nation, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Sun, River Styx, and many other journals. A recipient of grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and Connecticut Arts Council, they teach creative writing at Central Connecticut State University and live in Hamden, Connecticut.

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