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Leo Connellan (November 30, 1928 – February 22, 2001) was an American poet born near Portland, Maine. He grew up in Rockland, Maine, and lived at the time of his death in Sprague, Connecticut. Connellan's rough, "everyman" lyricism won him the admiration of such poet-critics as Karl Shapiro, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Eberhart, Richard Wilbur, David B. Axelrod and other major voices of the twentieth century. Connellan won the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and served as Connecticut's second Poet Laureate from 1996 until his death. From 1987 until the time of his death, he was poet-in-residence for the University of Connecticut system, and had received an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine. He was officially designated one of Maine's most prominent poets in the Maine Literary Hall of Fame.
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