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As part of our ongoing poetry reading series, Second Saturday at Tate Street Coffee House, we are proud to host Katherine Soniat and Ralph Earle.
Katherine Soniat has published poems in such journals as the Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Womens Review of Books, and Denver Quarterly. Her book The Swing Girl was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the Poetry Commission of North Carolina (A.O.Young Award). Of her earlier books, A Shared Life earned her The Iowa Prize from the University of Iowa Press and was selected by poet Mary Oliver for a Virginia Prize in Poetry, Alluvial was a finalist for the Library of Virginia Center for the Book Award, and Notes of Departure was selected by Sonia Sanchez for the Camden Poetry Prize of the Walt Whitman Center for the Arts and Humanities. With her recent collection The Goodbye Animals, Katherine Soniat won the 2014 Turtle Island Poetry Award; and her seventh collection of poetry, Bright Stranger, is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Poetry Series in the spring of 2016.
In a recent review of THE GOODBYE ANIMALS, poet Lisa M. Cole observes, “Katherine Soniat’s philosophical collection The Goodbye Animals encompasses a very large world as it tackles humanity’s heaviest questions of birth and death, commemorating life, the world, and all of its creatures. While acknowledging life’s many pitfalls, Soniat still urges us with Theodore Roethke’s lines to “breathe with the birds and let wrath dissipate.’ She reminds us of the interconnectedness of all things, ‘the intimacy of time,’ and ‘our cold lineage, space.’… This is an extremely generous collection includes myth dream that is an invitation to the reader to take part in a world much bigger than ourselves.”
Ralph Earle holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and for twenty-five years has worked as a technical communicator for a large software company, doing everything from editing to managing to designing complex information systems. He has taught poetry at UNC-Chapel Hill and the ArtsCenter of Carrboro, NC, and currently teaches evening poetry classes at Central Carolina Community College. He.was a founding member of the North Carolina Writers Network.
He draws much of his inspiration and imagery from long walks in the woodlands of rural Chatham County, North Carolina, where he makes his home.
His poems have appeared in many publications, including The Sun, Sufi Magazine, Tar River Poetry, Carolina Quarterly, Cairn, Wild Goose Poetry Review, and Redheaded Stepchild, as well as numerous anthologies. In 2015, Ralph won the Sable Books Chapbook Prize for his collection, The Way the Rain Works.
We hope to see you there! — M.