Hugo DeSarro was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1919. He grew up in a time when horse drawn carts were a common sight in the city, when the ragman went door to door, and medicine primarily came in the form of camphor on a string, iodine, flaxseed or castor oil.
Hugo was the tenth in a family of thirteen children, some of whom did not live past childhood. His parents were among the many Italian immigrants who settled in the Hartford area. His father was a stone mason, a hard drinking, callous and abusive man. The impressions he left upon his young children are reflected clearly in a number of Hugo's autobiographical poems.
His interest in writing began at an early age. Hugo was 13 when his first poem, The Circus is in Town, was published. The GI Bill gave him the otherwise unattainable opportunity to attend college. He majored in English at the University of Connecticut and then went on to earn his Masters from Trinity College. His collection of related short stories titled, For The Mare, was the first ever piece of writing Trinity College accepted as a Masters Thesis.
Although he remained always a family man and provider first, he wrote continuously throughout his adult life. He published poems, stories and essays in a wide variety of publications throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe, including Snowy Egret, Christian Science Monitor, Challenger International, Black Bear Review, Pulsar (UK), Poesy, Fairfield Review, Colorado Review, Oklahoma Review, Calliope, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Eureka Literary Review and many, many more.
He has received numerous honors for his writing, including recognition by the National Humane Society, first place in a national essay contest sponsored by Greyhound Bus, Best Poetry Submission of 2005 from the Oklahoma Review, and multiple awards from Altrusa International of Central Connecticut.
Currently, Hugo writes a weekly column for the Rivereast News Bulletin and remains active in the local community, giving poetry readings at community events. He resides in East Hampton, Connecticut with his wife of 69 years, Marietta.
In 2015, Hugo was appointed Poet Laureate of his hometown of East Hampton, Connecticut.
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