Meet Deborah Tosun Kilday
Our Waterbury Region Arts Hero is Deborah Tosun Kilday, a poet, publisher and promoter based in Wolcott. Debbie is a new generation Beat Poet, published author, writer, nature photographer, illustrator and artist.
She is the owner/CEO of the National Beat Poetry Foundation and its festivals: National Beat Poetry Festival, International Beat Poetry Festival, Kerouac Cafe, Goddess Festival. She holds events that create opportunities for other poetry enthusiasts to come, share their voice, and participate in a safe, nurturing environment.
She is the author of several books, has had her short stories and poetry published in magazines and several anthology books. Debbie is a past president (2014-2016) of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.
The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards are presented at a special, open-to-all, free event. This evening event is designed to honor and celebrate these inspiring individuals and to reaffirm the significant role the arts play in Connecticut.