LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Kathryn Ridall, editor of When the Muse Calls: Poems for the Creative Life Saturday, April 10, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Come and celebrate with the muse! For most of her adult life, Kathryn Ridall has worked in the mental health field as a trainer, psychotherapist and university instructor. In her mid-fifties, Calliope, the fiery muse of poetry, paid her an unexpected visit. Since that time, my poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. The Way of Stones, her first chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009. Kathryn Ridall’s new anthology explores nine aspects of the creative life through the poetry of both internationally known and award-winning California poets.Kathryn says, “We may think the luminous muse belongs exclusively to dancers, writers and musicians. Artists may give more vocal homage to their muse but the muse dances through all lives. Mothers and lovers, cowboys and sailors, gardeners and woodworkers—anyone who has ever had a creative passion—will resonate with these poems about nine aspects of life with a muse. CB Follett, Becky Foust, Bill Keener, Kirsten Neff, Prartho Sereno, and Sara Tolchin will read their poems at the launch. With poems by: Anna Akhmatova Robert Bly Leonard Cohen Billy Collins Emily Dickinson Donald Hall Jane Hirshfield Stanley Kunitz Dorianne Laux Denise Levertov Pablo Neruda Rainer Maria Rilke Rumi Gary Snyder and many others
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Bill Keener, author of Gold Leaf on Granite and Kathryn Ridall, author of The Way of Stones Saturday, August 8, 2009 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Celebrating the new work of two poets … William Keener has been writing and publishing poetry for the past ten years. He is also an environmental lawyer, and the former director of the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands. His first chapbook, titled Three Crows Yelling, was co-authored with Marin County poets Bill Noble and Michael Day in 2000. Tonight we celebrate the launch of his first solo collection of poetry Gold Leaf on Granite, which recently won the annual Anabiosis Press contest. Kathryn Ridall came to poetry after a long career as a psychotherapist and unviversity instructor at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill. Her poetry has been published widely in journals such as Kalliope, The Texas Observer, The Chrisysalis Reader, and Pearl. She is the editor of the forthcoming anthology When The Muse Calls: Poems For The Creative Life. This evening she will read from The Way Of Stones, a chapbook released this summer by Finishing Line Press. She also will be reading new, unpublished work.