Sandy Lee Carlson: New Poet Laureate in Woodbury

Inaugural Poet Laureate David Bibbey passed the quill to current Poet Laureate Sandy Lee Carlson in Woodbury.

WOODBURY — The Woodbury Public Library announced that Sandy Lee Carlson is the new Poet Laureate for the town. Ms. Carlson is a writer, teacher, life-long learner, rug hooker, genealogical hobbyist and a native of Connecticut, where her family has deep roots, including ties to Woodbury dating back to the Revolutionary War. She and her husband have lived 23 years in Woodbury, where they raised their daughter, a three-time all-state and two-time all-America clarinet player while at Nonnewaug High School.

A graduate of Western Connecticut State University and the University of Dublin, Ms. Carlson lived in Ireland for several years, years rich in experience and adventure that continue to inform the way she looks at life.

Upon returning to the U.S., she wrote for several years for the American Irish Political Education Committee and the award-winning Housatonic Valley Publishing chain of weekly newspapers.

She has been published in several academic journals, poetry journals and magazines. 

In addition, she has written four books of poetry dedicated to the love, humor, tragedy and history of family, all of which are available at the Woodbury Public Library.

Ms. Carlson is the town’s second Poet Laureate, succeeding inaugural Poet Laureate David Bibbey in the three-year position.

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