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A recipient of the Connecticut Office of the Arts Hero Award (2018), Shanna Melton is a
poet, painter, educator, and the author of Unraveling My Thoughts. Her contributions to
Connecticut’s vibrant poetry scene include arts ambassadorships for the Mary & Eliza
Freeman Center for History and Community, the Housatonic Museum of Art, and the
founding of the open mic institution that is Lyrical Voices, a local showcase for
contemporary poets and visual artists from across the region.


Shanna also facilitates The Writer’s Group with Shanna T. Melton which has been
hosted by City Lights Gallery along with other community organizations over the past seven years.


You can find and support her work at