July 27 – Kathryn Kelly and Christine Beck
In the Celtic tradition of storytelling, Kathryn Kelly’s poems shape themselves as narratives reflecting her connection to family and the world around her. Kathryn currently teaches English in Portland, CT, and runs a creative writing program for middle and high school students. She has taught poetry workshops in schools throughout the state, and has been an invited poet to facilitate workshops with the Litchfield Performing Arts’ Project Poetry Live! Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Helix and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). She is a member of The Random Meetinghouse Poets and is on the Board of Directors of the Riverwood Poetry Festival.
Christine Beck‘s award-winning poems have been published in the anthology, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge, and in J Journal, Passager, Connecticut River Review, Long River Run, and Caduceus. She is an attorney and instructor of legal studies at the University of Hartford. Her textbook, Forensic Evidence in Court: A Case Study Approach, was published in 2008 by Carolina Academic Press. She is Secretary for the Connecticut Poetry Society, as well as a past president. She is the Contest Chairperson of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.