Poetry reading hosted by Jessica Treat, with Claudette Webster and Kathline Carr
Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main St, Lee, 5:30 p.m.
This event will feature two emerging Berkshire women poets whose work explores excavations in memory, experience, documentation, myth and history. Claudette Webster will read from a series of poems that explore the intersections of a daughter’s life with that of her mother’s, moving geographically from Jamaica to the US, and taking the measure of the impact of her mother’s death in 2001. Kathline Carr will give a reading of her recent documentary poems, which draw on myth, history, news events, feminist praxis and sociological fractures, creating a hybrid and fragmentary amalgam that blurs the sonic and the visual.
Claudette M. Webster, a writer and educator, is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. She is an active member of the Berkshire community and founding member & past Program Coordinator of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She is a 2013 graduate of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI Program).
Kathline Carr, a writer and visual artist, earned her BFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in visual art and feminist philosophy from Goddard College, and holds an MFA in Visual Art from the Art Institute of Boston. Her writing and art has appeared in Calyx, Earth’s Daughters, Hawaii Review, CT Review and elsewhere; recently she has exhibited in Boston, Toronto, New York City and at artSTRAND Gallery in Provincetown. Carr lives in North Adams, Massachusetts with her husband and sometimes-collaborator, figurative painter Jim Peters.
Jessica Treat is the author of three collections of short fiction: A Robber in the House (Coffee House Pr), Not a Chance (FC2), and Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters, (BOA). Her stories, prose poems, and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Ms., Quarterly West, American Literary Review, and The Americas Review. Treat is Professor of English at Northwestern Connecticut Community College where she coordinates the Mad River Literary Festival.