Poet Kathleen O'Toole reads from "Meanwhile"

Photo of Kathleen O'TooleJust in time for National Poetry Month, Kathleen O’Toole, poet, organizer, teacher, will read from her most recently published book of poetry, Meanwhile, on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library. 

According to biographical information on her website:

Ms. O’Toole received her M.A. from the Writing Seminars at John Hopkins University and has taught writing at Hopkins and at the Maryland Institute College.  Since 1993 her poems have appeared in regional and national journals and magazines, including America, Christian Century, Little Patuxent Review, Margie, Natural Bridge, New Millennium Writings, Poetry, Potomac Review and online in Beltway and Delaware Review. Anthologies in which her work has appeared include DC Poets Against the War and Inspired Results: Poets and Artists of Takoma Park, MD. Introduced to haiku poetry by Nick Virgilio, Kathleen writes and publishes haiku, is a member of Towpath Haiku Poets and the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association. She recently co-edited the 2010 Towpath Anthology, A Few Stars Away.  O'Toole lives in Takoma Park, Md.

“'Poetry is where you find it,' Kathleen O’Toole says, and as the poems in Meanwhile Photo of book jacketclearly attest, she finds it everywhere her alert and lively mind decides to rest: in a sculpture garden, in the demolition of a high-rise, in a blackberry patch, and in a plane hovering above the earth. The energy behind these poems is deeply meditative, and the natural world is O’Toole’s cathedral-–a world in which she has made a promise ‘to pause, / to practice, to attend.’ These poems are what is heard in those pauses, the gift of her long practice, and the fruit of her attentiveness. Reading them is like entering a deeply shaded garden on a stifling summer day.”

--Sue Ellen Thompson, author of The Golden Hour and winner of the 2010 Maryland Author Award.

Please help us celebrate National Poetry Month at what will surely be an enjoyable evening of poetry and light refreshments.