Poets in Residence at Inova Schar Cancer Institute

“Our empathetic poet in residence, Katherine, sits and listens to patients, caregivers and physicians, and then creates free, custom poetry for you.

As part of our partnership with the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Katherine works to provide an environment for holistic healing. Stop by and meet her on Wednesdays!”

I’m honored to be part of this fine program. Humbled by the amazing people I get to meet. Thank you Frankie Abralind for creating The Good Listening Project!

Thank you, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, for hosting us.

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“In Search of Warm Breathing Things” now available

Please consider ordering from Glass Lyre Press to support a fine independent publisher.

Also available on Amazon.

“Is anything common?” Katherine Gekker asks in her debut collection, In Search of Warm Breathing Things. The answer, in these richly detailed poems, is no. Gekker is a keen observer, able to “unlock the beauty hidden” in the ordinary. An iridescent grackle becomes a symbol of hope, “collarbones shimmer like wings.” Weaving images of the natural world with glimpses of a struggling marriage, Gekker portrays life in all its emotional complexity. “Two bees are fighting or courting — I can’t tell which,” she writes in “To Cast a Shadow Again.”  Yet there are moments of joy, the promise of transformation.  “My shift billows, diaphanous…. I can seduce anyone tonight beneath fronds slicing like blades.”

   — Ellen Bass

Cover art: Katherine Williams

Author photo: Lianna Gekker

Blurbs: Ellen Bass, Gerry LaFemina, Rose Solari


Thank you!

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“In Search of Warm Breathing Things” coming soon from Glass Lyre Press


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DELMARVA REVIEW: “Bodrum Hamam” republished July 10, 2019

Read it here: Chestertown Spy      Talbot Spy

AUTHOR’S NOTE: “During a recent trip to Turkey, I visited a traditional hamam. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The tenderness and intimacy of the visit surprised me and reminded me of having my face washed by my parents, something I had not thought of in decades. It also brought back memories of seeing their arms crossed after their deaths.”

delmarva review postfrom the 11th annual Delmarva Review

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In Search of Warm Breathing Things, poems by Katherine Gekker – Coming soon from Glass Lyre Press

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Pushcart Prize nomination for my poem “Bodrum Hamam”


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Delmarva Review – thank you!

for including two of my poems in this fine issue. Thrilled to be in such great company.DR-V11-Front-Cover-1

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