The City of Middletown Commission on the Arts awarded nearly $2,500 for "the promotion and legacy of Middletown's 1st Poet Laureate, Susan Allison, through readings of her works in locations across New England and submissions to writing contests throughout North America, furthering Middletown's preeminent place in the arts." The award will be matched dollar for dollar bringing the total funding to nearly $5,000.
News of Note
In April of 2020, Susan's poem, Mockingbird, was published in the Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Volume 5. Due to an editing error, the poem was published with missing stanzas and the publisher is republishing the complete poem in its 2021 edition.
New Ohio Review published in April, The Good Life in their exclusive online edition of 2020. This poem was singled out by the Editor, Dave Wanczyk, for inclusion in their "Animal" themed online edition. Dave Wanczyk explained his choosing the poem by saying "the last line of the poem is very surprising and, though straightforward, packs a complex punch… read more