Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Poetry Reading at Bethesda Writer's Center May 27 2012

Poetry of Loss and Life, from Finishing Line Press

An Open Door Reading  at the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda MD

SUNDAY, MAY 27,  2-4PM.

This reading features three poets who have published chapbooks with Finishing Line Press, demonstating how this form allows a series of short poems to disclose deeper dimensions of life, beauty  and loss.


 Kathleen Henderson Staudt’s Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life  explores the gentle, joyful  grieving that comes with the growing up of beloved children. Kathy has worked as a teacher, poet and spiritual guide  at Virginia Theological Seminary,Wesley seminary, the University of Maryland, College Park, and Washington National Cathedral. Her poetry,  essays and reviews have appeared in Weavings, Christianity and Literature, and Spiritus among others. She is the author of At the Turn of a Civilization: David Jones and Modern Poetics and  two books of poems: Annunciations:  Poems out of Scripture  and Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life.    She also edited Brendan Ogg’s chapbook, Summer Becomes Absurd.  She blogs at

Brendan Ogg’s Summer Becomes Absurd, published posthumously when the poet was 20, celebrates young adult life and friendships with energy, craft and precision, making poetry that sings in the face of a brain cancer diagnosis. grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and graduated from Albert Einstein High School in 2007.  He was majoring in English at the University of Michigan when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor during his sophomore year.   He drew upon his lifelong love of reading and writing to deal with his illness.  Top among Brendan’s literary influences are John Keats, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. This book includes works from before, during and after Brendan’s diagnosis.  He learned that his poems would be published just before he passed away on February 24, 2010.   Brendan’s poems will be read today by his editor Kathy Staudt and his friend Eli Hager.

Margaret Ingraham’s wise and mature poems in Proper Words for Birds probe the natural world for insight about the cycles, losses and passages of our lives. Peggy is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award, the 2006 Sam Ragan Award and several poetry Fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  In the past decade her poems have appeared in 75 national and international print and online journals. Her chapbook Proper Words for Birds was nominated for a 2010 Library of Virginia Award in poetry. Her book, This Holy Alphabet: Lyric Poems Based on Psalm 119, was released by Paraclete Press in 2009. Former U. S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser selected her work for inclusion in the anthology The Windflower Home Almanac of Poetry.  Peggy lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where for more than 20 years she has served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy of the Meals On Wheels Association of America

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