GREENSBORO – A poetry reading will kick off the adult summer program series at the Greensboro Free Library on July 12. Poet and Greensboro summer resident Katherine Williams recently retired from a career in art therapy and clinical psychology and published her first book of poems, “Still Life,” last year. She will read her poems from the book at the Greensboro Free Library on Wednesday, July 12 at 5 p.m. Artist Lois Eby contributed the cover art for “Still Life” and will talk about her artwork after the reading.
Williams’ poems explore moments of beauty, tenderness, doubt, and devastation and become a celebration of the human capacity for joy amid life’s complexities. Author Ellen Bass writes, “With rich sensory detail and a keen perception of the natural world, Katherine J. Williams explores absence and presence and affirms that even after great loss, life is ‘Still Life.’ Through the roles of daughter, mother, wife, widow, grandmother, and contemplative, she explores how sorrow ‘ties us to each other, wears our edges smooth, and over and over washes the world, leaving us rinsed and clean’”. This poetry reading is the first of Greensboro Free Library’s summer adult program series, scheduled every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m., from July 12 through August 9, with a final author reading on Thursday, August 10. More information and the summer program calendar can be found at the Library website, greensborofreelibrary.org, or by calling (802) 533-2531 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.