A vigil in Sag Harbour on Tuesday May 18 for Children killed in Gaza by Israeli forces.
Kathy was nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize!
The Pushcart Prize recognizes and celebrates literary work from small presses and independent publishers.
Kathy’s poem, “What could the title possibly be” is featured in Border Lines: Poems of Migration (ed. Mihaela Moscaliuc and Michael Waters), published by Penguin Random House, and launched in September 2020.
In this remarkable collection—the first of its kind—poets from around the world give eloquent voice to the trials, hopes, rewards, and losses of the experience of migration.
The first Philosenes Vigil took place on the evening of Friday February 14, 2020, in Sag Harbor. This gathering came out of a desire to resist the dehumanization and disconnection of our time and to show up for community, social justice, and liberation. We lit candles and walked in silence together through town.
You can read the interview with Kimberly Quinn Johnson, Ella Engel-Snow, and Kathy Engel on The East Hampton Star.
Kathy reading at the Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein atrium for the New York celebration of the anthology What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump, published by Northwestern University Press. Poet George Wallace described the evening as, “A landmark night for the dissident poetic voice in America, in one of the shrines to the world’s performing arts… Our chance to step out of the trenches and show proof-positive what this generation of committed poets can do to speak truth to power on any stage.”
Kathy co-led the public conversation at the beginning of the festival with Alexis De Veaux and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, and read her poem To Kneel in the closing flash reading.
On Saturday, June 15, 2019, Melissa Tuckey, Rev. Kimberly Johnson, Ella Engel-Snow, Denise Silva-Dennis, Jonathan Snow and Kathy Engel came together at Marders Garden Center in Bridgehampton for a reading from the Ghost Fishing poetry anthology.
For the website accompanying the project and exhibition at NYU Kimmel Galleries, click here.
March 2019 saw the release of Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History, edited by Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscano and Kalia Brooks Nelson. The book includes a piece by Kathy called “Migrations”.
The Art and Public Policy Website comments: “The essays in this book chart how women’s profound and turbulent experiences of migration have been articulated in writing, photography, art and film. As a whole, the volume gives an impression of a wide range of migratory events from women’s perspectives, covering the Caribbean Diaspora, refugees and the contributors, which include academics and artists, offer both personal and critical points of view on the artistic and historical repositories of these experiences. Selfies, motherhood, slavery through the various lenses of politics and war, love and family, violence and Hollywood all feature in this substantial treasure-trove of women’s joy and suffering, disaster and delight, place, memory and identity.”
You can read and download the book for free here, but please consider purchasing a high-quality ebook or printed editions to support the not-for-profit initiative.
Kathy is honored to be featured as a “Bad Ass Woman” in the March/April 2019 Issue of CommPassions’ Newsletter, together with Sanyu Bhojwani, A’Lelia Bundles, Ruth Carter, Vanessa Daniel and Rosemari Mealy. The newsletter’s editor Gwen McKinney writes: “Women’s work is collaborative and reaches beyond sectors, communities and borders. The impact is immediate and enduring, saluting the ancestors and those yet unborn.” Click here to read the full piece.