Tuesday, December 16th
Described as “contemplative” and “formally restless”, the poems in Meanwhile, Kathleen O’Toole’s first full length collection, are inspired by nature and history, monastic practice and her years as a community organizer. Her lyrics celebrate and examine the polarities of a life, never failing “…to pause, to practice, to attend.”
Kathleen O’Toole has combined a nearly forty year professional life in community organizing with teaching and writing. Her creativity was nurtured in a family of actors in Wilmington Delaware, but she found her Muse in poetry. In 1991 she received an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and has taught writing at Hopkins and at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals including America, Christian Century, Notre Dame Review, Poetry, Poetry East, Potomac Review, Prairie Schooner and Texas Review. A chapbook Practice was published in 2005, and her first full-length collection, Meanwhile, in 2011. In 2013 and 2014, individual poems were recognized by Hunger Mountain, Northern Virginia Review, and Smartish Pace as winners/finalists for annual awards.