Kathleen Nalley

A Punch of Poetry | Saturday, May 16, 10:40 - 11:30, Carolina Meeting Room B
Genre(s) Poetry

Kathleen Nalley is the author of Nesting Doll (winner of the S.C. Poetry Initiative Prize), and the upcoming American Sycamore (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in various journals, including, most recently, Night Block, The Bitter Southerner, Melancholy Hyperbole, and Night Owl, as well as in the Kakalak 2014 Anthology. She has a BA from the University of South Carolina, an MFA from Converse College, and teaches at Clemson University.

Book Title: American Sycamore

American Sycamore, the latest collection of poems from poet Kathleen Nalley, is a work that rails against and reconciles those forces that seek to destroy the human spirit: layoffs, divorce, pregnancy and childbirth, the grind of the daily routine. And while you can feel a combustible anger bubbling under the surface of her poems, her poetic message is ultimately one of unyielding hope.

Poet Denise Duhamel, author of Blowout, says, “American Sycamore is a book that is both intimate and panoramic. Nalley’s work wrestles with the sacred and the postmodern, the intimacies in domestic routine, and the ‘big’ questions only poems are equipped to answer. Her poetry is a gorgeous testament to life’s beauty, cruelty, and survival.”