Readings

Virtual Poetry Reading

Hope to see you at Eastern Shore Writers Association’s reading, Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 7:30, featuring poets Joan Cooper, Sharon Sheppard, and me.

Eastern Shore Writers Association’s Spring Poetry Reading

Join us for an inspiring night of live poetry, featuring three incredible voices influenced heavily by the Eastern Shore, Joan Cooper, Katherine Gekker, & Sharon Sheppard!  This reading will take place on Zoom.  You do NOT need to download Zoom to attend, but you do need to register.  A link for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the event.  Signed books will also be available for purchase.

JOAN DRESCHER COOPER

Joan Drescher Cooper is a novelist and poet who is inspired by her large family, the beauty of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a gritty love of Baltimore, and lifelong career in teaching. Joan has published three novels with Salt Water Media of Berlin and a poetry collection through Finishing Line Press–Birds Like Me. Her poetry and flash fiction has appeared in the Delmarva Review, The Sand Dune Anthology, and Doorknobs & Body Paint. Her books are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble online, at Greyhound Books of Berlin, or through her website www.joandcooper.com

KATHERINE GEKKER

Katherine Gekker is the author of In Search of Warm Breathing Things (Glass Lyre Press, 2019).  Her poems have appeared in Little Patuxent ReviewDelmarva Review, Broadkill Review, and elsewhere, and have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.  Several composers have set her poems to music: “…to Cast a Shadow Again” by Eric Ewazen, and “Chasing the Moon Down” by Carson Cooman.  When not writing, Gekker practices piano.

SHARON K. SHEPPARD

Sharon K Sheppard is a resident of Magnolia DE, transplanted from Minnesota where she lived most of her adult life.  Writing poetry has kept her curious, and in a state of wonder for nearly 40 years.  She loves to look closely, find connections, and illuminate  that which is not immediately obvious.  Sharon is married, with two adult sons and four grandchildren.  She has self-published six books of poetry, her most recent is The Brilliance of the Stain (2019).

One More Page Books, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 7 pm

Looking forward to reading with Courtney LeBlanc and Katherine Young.

Virtual Event: An Evening with Local Poets

We’ll close out April, and Poetry Month, with a virtual visit from poets Katherine Gekker, Katherine E. Young and Courtney LeBlanc.

Join us on Facebook for this live event, April 29th at 7pm!

Katherine Gekker will be sharing her debut collection, IN SEARCH OF WARM BREATHING THINGS.

“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.” Katherine Gekker was born in Washington, DC. She founded a commercial printing company in 1974 and sold it 31 years later. When not writing, she practices piano.

Courtney LeBlanc will read from her new collection, BEAUTIFUL & FULL OF MONSTERS.

Love isn’t always pretty, yet most of us choose to remain constant in its pursuit. These poems unwrap the mythos of romance with the clairvoyance of a writer who knows the best and worst of relationships inside and out. LeBlanc dares to honestly show us how even when the best of intentions fail, we can always find beauty if we stay true to the monsters in ourselves. Courtney LeBlanc is a Word Perv, poet, feminist, runner and wine-lover, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Katherine E. Young will read from DAY OF THE BORDER GUARDS.

DAY OF THE BORDER GUARDS, the debut collection from Katherine E. Young, is set entirely in Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. The ghosts of Russian writers Pushkin, Mandelstam, Tsvetayeva, and many others wander through these poems, making tea, fighting with their relatives, cursing faithless lovers. Bulgakov’s heroine Margarita describes meeting the Master; Lermontov’s grandmother worries that the young poet is wasting his life. Lady Macbeth is alive and well and living in post-Soviet Georgia. Enemies stalk the margins: hostile warlords, informants, the secret police. A man falls through the ice into a ruptured hot-water pipe, nuclear reactors melt down, an airplane lands on Red Square. Perestroika arrives and departs, like other fashions. A marriage falters. The phone rings in the middle of the night in a Siberian hotel. The corpse of a gypsy king boards a plane for Moscow. Young, who also translates Russian poetry and prose, has lived and worked in Russia and the Soviet Union off and on since 1981: not surprisingly, then, these poems—originally published in The Carolina Quarterly, The Iowa Review, and The Massachusetts Review, among others—willfully skip across borders of language, culture, and literary tradition, exploring Russian and North American poetic traditions and celebrating both.

Browseabout Books, Saturday, April 11, 3:30 Postponed. To be rescheduled.

Reston’s Used Book Shop, Sunday, March 29, 2020, 5:30 – 7 pm: Postponed. To be rescheduled.

I’ll be reading with Sarah Ann Winn and Sarah Snyder, hosted by Nathan Leslie. Would enjoy seeing you there.

Evil Grin Poetry Reading, January 5, 2020, 3-5 pm

I’ll be reading with Adam Lauver at Ahh Coffee in Annapolis, followed by an open mic. Would love to see (& hear) you!

Diverse Gaithersburg, Sunday, November 10, 2019, 2-4

I’ll be reading with Tanya Olson, Miles David Moore, and Lydia Wei.

Reading location: Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Readings will be followed by an open mic.

Browseabout Books, Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 – 7:30

Horses, Ducks, and Other Warm Breathing Things:
Three Poets Read from Their New Collections

Please join Linda Blaskey, who will be reading from her book, White Horses, Ethan Joella, who will be reading from his book, A Prayer for Ducks, and me, reading from In Search of Warm Breathing Things.

Browseabout Books is at 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.