Congratulations to Our Regional Arts Hero!

The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing inspiring things in, for, or through the arts in Connecticut. Since 2016, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards have introduced us to an array of remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts – some publicly and some behind the scenes.

Meet Deborah Tosun Kilday

ACC CT Arts Hero 2024 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.

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