Please join us for evening of poetry and essays.
Phyllis Katz will read poems from her new collection, Finding Ithaca. In this, her third collection, she has written about her late husband's illness and death, her grief and healing, and arriving finally at the sense of peace. Both a poet and a Classicist, she has introduced each section by appropriate quotations from books of Homer’s Odyssey and Cavafy’s Ithaca. Phyllis Katz taught at Dartmouth College. Her poems have appeared in many journals including The New England Anthology, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, and The Salon. She is the winner of the 2014 Oberon Poetry Prize for her poem Emily Dickinson's Gorgeous Nothings. A long-time resident of Norwich, Phyllis Katz now lives in western MA.
Baron Wormser will present biographical essays from Legends of the Slow Explosion: Eleven Modern Lives. The author of fifteen books, including the novel Tom o’ Vietnam and the memoir The Road Washes Out in Spring, he has been poet laureate of the state of Maine (2000–2005) and received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He offers workshops throughout the United States, teaches in Fairfield University’s MFA Program, and lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Please call 802-649-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat.
Just as Odysseus loses his way on the long journey home, so the poet journeys to her Ithaca through the many years of her husband’s illness and death. With ferocity of will, and with the wit and power of her song, she overcomes the forces opposing her from within and from without, and leaves the “frozen circle of grief” well behind.
Literary Nonfiction. Multi-genre literary master Baron Wormser's new book is about people from the mid-twentieth century whose lives created ripple effects beyond their individuality. Including electrifying portraits of Rosa Parks, Hannah Arendt, Miles Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Willem de Kooning, among others, these are not conventional "biographical" essays.