Kathy featured as one among six “Bad Ass Women” in CommPassions Newsletter

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.

Lima Student Wins 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Finals with Kathy’s Poem “Now I Pray”

Anna Kahle, a junior at Lima Central Catholic High School, was named the 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud (POL) state champion March 8 at Ohio’s 14th annual POL state finals competition on March 8. Anne Kahle’s winning performance consisted of a recitation of three poems: “Enough” by Suzanne Buffam, “Early Affection” by George Moses Horton and “Now I Pray” by Kathy Engel.

Amanda Etchison writes on the Arts Ohio Blog: “Of the three poems she selected, Kahle said she favors Engel’s “Now I Pray,” which she recited in the second round of competition. The poem depicts the narrator’s encounter with a homeless man and a boy searching for a church that might offer them a meal.

‘It is so powerful and so moving …. I think everyone has felt a time when they’ve wanted to help someone but they can’t, or they look back on a time when they could’ve helped someone but they didn’t,” Kahle said. “I think it’s very relatable and poignant.’

Anne Kahle will be traveling to Washington, D.C., from April 29 to May 1 to represent Ohio at the Poetry National Finals. We wish her the very best of luck!

Read more on Hometown Stations and on the Arts Ohio Blog.

(c) Terry Gilliam

The Plant of Dreaming: Poetry Reading with Elisa Biagini

On International Women’s Day, Kathy hosted Elisa Biagini, Italian poet and educator, at NYU Tisch for a reading from her work – including her recent book The Plant of Dreaming –, followed by a presentation of her public poetry installations and other community projects. Elisa was introduced by Alicia Ostriker, 11th New York State Poet.

See below for some impressions of the event.

For more details on her work, visit Elisa’s website here.

“To Kneel” Now Featured on the Blue Mountain Center’s Online Journal

Leah Natasha Thomas’ video based on a choral reading of Kathy Engel’s poem “To Kneel” against the backdrop of dramatic footage is currently live on The Root TV.  The poem is read by Danny Glover, Anna Deavere Smith, Walter Mosley and other artists.

Read more here

Thanks to Blue Mountain Journal for its steadfast building, sustenance, and embrace!

“The Pulse of Black History”

From Gwen McKinney’s newsletter on Black History month:

“Let’s view February merely as a marker, not a restraint. We should claim the moments whenever it is appropriate to exhume, remember and embrace. The obscure. The cherished. The harsh. The curated truths. They etch the Black experience. They are milestones in the storytelling of humanity, capturing what is constant and changing.”

Read in full here…