Virtual Poetry Reading, May 28, 7:30 pm

Friends, hope you’ll consider tuning in to this virtual poetry reading with Joan Cooper, Sharon Sheppard, and me, Thursday, May 28, 7:30 pm. Hosted by Eastern Shore Writers Association. Thanks!

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Virtual Reading with Courtney LeBlanc, Katherine Young, and me

Link here to listen to Courtney LeBlanc, Katherine Young, and me read at this Virtual Event: An Evening with Local Poets

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Thank you, Katherine Young, for including my poem, “Overnight Maples Turn into Pumpkins,” in “Written in Arlington,” forthcoming from Gargoyle Press / Paycock Press.

Arlington County Poet Laureate

“It’s like that other sunset when the tops of the oaks glowed yellow For a long time you had been too ill to look out the window Suddenly you saw them and asked How can I bear such beauty?”- from “Overnight Maples Turn into Pumpkins” by Katherine Gekker featured in Written in Arlington, an anthology of Arlington poets edited by Arlington Poet Laureate Emerita Katherine Young​, forthcoming from Gargoyle Magazine/Paycock Press.Read the whole poem at

Written in Arlington / Spoken in Arlington is a print and digital collection of the poets and poems of Arlington, VA, edited by Katherine E. Young and published by Paycock Press (forthcoming, fall 2020). It is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. For more information, visit Arlington Arts.

Image: After the Rain mixed media/collage on canvas by Anya Getter (fragment)

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My First Goodreads Review

Thank you, Adam Lauver.

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Written in Arlington: Check it out for a poem-a-day during April, National Poetry Month

Thank you to Katherine Young for curating the Arlington Anthology and Dan Brady and Paycock Press for publishing this anthology (later this year).

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The Good Listening Project: Honored to be one of the Listener Poets at Inova Schar Cancer Institute

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Delmarva Public Radio Writer’s Edition #78: Harold Wilson’s Interview with Katherine Gekker

Wilson’s guest this month is Poet Katherine Gekker. He discuss the poetry in her new book In Search of Warm Breathing Things.  Gekker’s poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. In addition, two of her poems have been put to music. Her poem “Overnight Maples Turn into Pumpkins” set to music by Carson Cooman and his chamber music group appears on this broadcast.

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Hope you’ll consider listening in to Hal Wilson’s interview with me on Delmarva Public Radio

Delmarva Today Writers Edition #78, Friday, February 28, 2020, 9 am (EST).

From Hal Wilson, supporter and friend of writers, and a thoughtful and insightful interviewer: “Poet Katherine Gekker is my guest this month on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition. We discuss the poetry in her new book In Search of Warm Breathing Things.  The program will air at 9:00 am Friday, February 28, 2020, on Delmarva Public Radio’s WSDL 90.7.  It will also be streamed on the station’s website and will remain on the website as a podcast.”

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Thank you, Scott Whitaker, for this review of In Search of Warm Breathing Things

by Stephen Scott Whitaker

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Thank you, Glass Lyre Press, for nominating my poem “Beluga Pangaea” for a Pushcart Prize

Our very best wishes and gratitude to the following poets whose poems our editors have selected from various projects for a Pushcart Prize!

My personal gratitude to Kelly Cressio-MoellerMegan Merchant and Steven Asmussen for their exceptional work, as always!

Glass Lyre Press Single Author Books and Chapbooks

1. “Supernova” by Mary Peelen from Quantum Heresies
2. “Extinction by Michael Meyerhofer from Ragged Eden
3. “Beluga Pangaea” by Katherine Gekker from In Search of Warm Breathing Things
4. “Apostasy #2” by Stewart Shaw from House of Men
5. “Pulse” by Rose M Smith from Unearthing Ida
6. “Poem after e. e. cummings” by Lori Desrosiers from typing with e. e. cummings

Pirene’s Fountain Culinary Poems (Volume 12, Issue 20)

1. Ruth Bavetta – “Song for my Refrigerator”
2. Alicia Elkort—“Waking to the Scent of Roasting Coffee”
3. Jane Hirshfield— “Milk”
4. Claudia Serea—“Ode to Slow Cooking”
5. Neil Silberblatt—“Butternut Squash Atonement”
6. Maria Terrone—“Stripping the Pear”

Aeolian Harp Anthology – Volume 5

1. Apology for Blue by Wendy Barker
2. Where Orchid Petals Fall by Peggy Dobreer
3. Threnody by Shikhandin Shikhandin
4. Pinecone by Patrice Boyer Claeys
5. The Sensual Sea by Lindsey Royce
6. Beautysick by Maura Alia Badji

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