Featured Poem of the month: The Kiss
Northville Arts Commission is pleased to showcase this award-winning poet in our Fine Arts Series: Kathleen Ripley Leo. Thomas Lynch has said about her poems:
Kathleen Ripley Leo is a native of Chicago and received her MA in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh where she had the opportunity to study with Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz. Twice given a special tribute by the Michigan legislature for her work as a poet in residence in Michigan schools, Ms. Leo is an esteemed Michigan poet listed in Poets and Writers, the Creative Writers in the Schools program of the Michigan Council for the Arts, and Michigan Authors.
She is past president of Detroit Working Writers, an organization noted for its Writers Conference. 2004 marks this writer's conference's 42nd year, with Kathleen Ripley Leo as the 2004 conference chair, and sponsorship by Schoolcraft College and the literary magazine The MacGuffin. Kathleen is also past chair for six years of the Associated Writers Programs Pedagogy Conference. She is published through literary presses, and has won prizes and grants for her work, including two nominations for a Pushcart. We are featuring three of her books here, with excerpts: The Old Ways, Town One South, and The Circle is Assembled.
Kathleen Ripley Leo's newest book of poems, entitled Familiar Ground features the poem 'The Familiar' listed above. Barbara Drake, author of Writing Poetry, says about this book: "In 'Celebration of Strong Women,' and other poems, Kathleen Ripley Leo with characteristic warmth and empathy expresses a strong, compassionate, and womanly spirit as she reaches across generations to chronicle birth, death, friendship and family. Whether she is writing about singing in the church choir, keeping watch over a dying aunt, getting a foot massage, or investing in stocks, Kathleen Ripley Leo opens herself to experience with a serious kind of joy." Contact publisher Jared Michaels at firstname.lastname@example.org about Familiar Ground.
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