The group will choose a particular poet each month and then discuss the work of the writer. Discussions will include an introduction to the life of the particular poet, pointing out autobiographical and experiential influences, and then move to discussing poems of interest to the group.
The purpose of the reading circle would be to kickstart a deeper study of contemporary poetry for the sake of study itself, or as a springboard for creative work either in poetry, fiction or memoir. Similar poetry reading circles have been initiated around the country; one of the most interesting takes place in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Nightbird Café.
Instructor: Catherine Anderson
Audience: Open to all who have an interest in reading collections of poetry and/or a series of poems by one particular contemporary poet
Catherine Anderson’s third poetry collection, Women with a Gambling Mania, appeared in 2014 with Mayapple Press and was named as one of the Kansas City Star’s top 100 books of the year. She is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). Poems and essays have appeared in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, the Midwest Quarterly, Imagination & Place, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, The New Virginia Review, and many others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gary Gildner Poetry Award offered by the I-70 Review, and in 2010, she won the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. For two decades she lived in Boston where she edited a community newspaper and taught English. She now lives in Kansas City where she has been working with the region’s refugee communities for over eleven years.