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and WordTemple on KRCB 91.1FM Santa Rosa, California



Katherine Hastings


Katherine Hastings, a poet and resident of Santa Rosa, grew up in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco.  Founder of the popular WordTemple Poetry Workshops, Hastings believed that Santa Rosa would support a long-term poetry series if she could bring well-established poets into the area. She began planning for  the WordTemple Poetry Series at the end of 2005 and opened the series to a standing-room only crowd in February 2006 with poets Jane Hirshfield and David St. John.

Hastings hosts a radio program, also called WordTemple, on Santa Rosa's NPR affiliate, KRCB 91.1 FM. WordTemple airs on the third Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. To listen on-line go to http://www.krcb.org; to listen via iTunes go to Radio/Public/KRCB; for Comcast Cable in Sonoma County, tune in to channel 961.

Hastings gives readings frequently in the San Francisco Bay Area and has had poems published in numerous journals and anthologies including The Comstock Review, Parthenon West Review, CALYX, Rattle, and others. She also has several chapbooks; her first nationally published chapbook, Updraft, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2010.   Her collection Fog & Light will be published by Ahadada Press later this year. Hastings earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College and serves as a contributing editor for Hunger Mountain – A Journal of Arts and Letters.   For a schedule of her readings, contact her at khastings@wordtemple.com

Following are some of the things people are saying about Hastings' poetry:

"Katherine Hastings is one of the most impressive poets writing in America today. Her poetry astonishes by the metaphysical clarity of the images from daily life and the intellectual power of her wit. Her affection for the living and her compassion for the dead vividly depict the world as it is while allowing her to project the freedom of transforming love. The language shimmers; the endings shine..." F. D. Reeve, Author of The Toy Soldier and Other Poems and The Blue Cat Walks the Earth

"For Katherine Hastings, 'the mirror is a lake of longing.' Her poems are told us by a 'woman with a moon in her chest'; their suprising images embrace close observation, deeply dramatized love and losses, and have the power of crossing boundaries of spirit to reveal truths otherwise unseen." Danild Hoffman, U.S. Poet Laureate 1973 - 1974.

"The poetry of Katherine Hastings is a rare combination of deep insight and keen attention to ordinary life. She probes with an exquistely attuned ear to bring us the music of being alive - a true voyager in the marvelous." Neeli Cherkovski, author of From the Canyon Outward; Leaning Against Time, and others.


"...Katherine Hastings' work is, quite simply better - and more deeply original - than just about anything i have seen. Her list of influences is formidable and includes poets as different as Federico Garcia Lorca and May Swenson, but she has emerged from any apprenticeship into a language that sparkles with mystery, sweetness, and song. One of her deepest themes in the transformation of the self; her various personae inhabit contingent but utterly separate worlds. In these delicate, intelligent poems, longing and an immense sense of compassion are at the live heart of everything." - Jack Foley, radio host and author of The Dancer & the Dance - A Book of Distinctions, Poetry in the 21st Century (Red Hen Press 2009)


"Lovely. It's your veiled history." - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the Mind


To order Updraft, go to www.finishinglinepress.com or contact me directly.