Executive Director of National Beat Poetry Foundation with Yvon J. Cormier & Debbie Tosun Kilday-(10-2015-Present) – Co-Founder with Yvon Cormier of the National Beat Poetry Festivals & International Beat Poetry Festivals. Co-Founder with Yvon Cormier of the Connecticut Beat Poetry Festival-(2008). He is the Founder of Free Poets Collective and works as Poetry Director at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, Middletown, CT.
Colin Haskins is a writer, poet and poetry event promoter who is dedicated to creating new venues locally and throughout the world to bring poets, authors, artists, and musicians together.
Haskins has published six books of poetry and has published the Ekphrastics book of poems for The New Britain Museum of American Art.
Colin solely created and hosted the still ongoing Spoken Word Series. He created and managed many programs including, One Soldier One Poem ( honoring CTs passed War Veterans ), World Language Night, and Pawetry, a fundraiser to assist animal shelters. He also founded the Legends of Poetry.
Haskins has organized and worked with many National Landmarks located in Connecticut including The Mark Twain House and Museum, The Harriett Beecher Stowe House and Center, The Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Webb Dean Stevens Museum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, Artist Tree Tea House, Gallery 53, City Steam Brewery, libraries in South Windsor, West Hartford, Ellington, Middletown, Farmington, Cheshire, Meriden and Durham, The Meriden Humane Society, The Queenie Foundation, The National Theater of the Deaf, and The American School for the Deaf, and The American Red Cross ( New Britain Office).