Rennie McQuilkin, poet laureate of Connecticut, spoke in Sacred Heart’s Art & Design Gallery April 21 as part of the University’s Literary Spring lecture series. The talk was sponsored by the English department, the Ryan Matura Library and the Office of the Provost.
McQuilkin has taught English and creative writing at secondary schools including Phillips Academy in Massachusetts and The Loomis Chaffee School and Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. In 1992, he co-founded the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, which he directed for 10 years. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, The Yale Review and many other publications.
The author of 12 poetry collections, McQuilkin has received a number of poetry awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and the Connecticut Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as its 2010 poetry award for The Weathering: New and Selected Poems. His most recent book, Going On: New and Collected Poems was published in 2015. McQuilkin is currently the publisher of Antrim House Books.