Visiting Writers Series Continues Monday, March 11
Posted March 4, 2002
HOLLAND -- Three poets and a musical trio will
participate in the Visiting Writers Series at Hope College
on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The event will feature poets Kathleen McGookey,
Julie Moulds and John Rybicki, and the John Shea Trio. Poet
Franz Wright was originally scheduled to read during the
event, but is unable to participate due to illness.
A 1989 Hope graduate, McGookey recently completed
her PhD and MFA at Western Michigan University. Recipient
of a Pushcart nomination in 1998 and the Western Michigan
All-University Creative Scholar Award, she has had poems
published in dozens of literary journals, including the
"Boston Review" and the "Mid-American Review." She recently
published her first collection of prose poetry, "Whatever
Moulds and Rybicki are wife and husband poets who
have dedicated their lives to bringing the wonders of poetry
to everyone: teaching out of their home, and traveling far
and wide to conduct workshops for juvenile delinquents,
prison inmates, and emotionally and mentally impaired adults
and children. Moulds, a 1985 Hope graduate, has battled
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for more than 11 years and her poems
reflect her courage and indomitable spunk, grit and spirit.
Rybicki's work with school children in Detroit has been
written about in "Time." Poems written by "his kids" after
September 11 have been read all over the world.
Rybicki's collection is "Traveling at High Speeds"
and Moulds's is "The Woman with a Cubed Head," both from New
John Shea, a native of Grand Rapids, has performed
across the Midwest for the past 20 years. This year, apart
from performing monthly at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the
Trio celebrates the release of its first CD, "Works of Art."
Along with the reading, McGookey, Moulds and
Rybicki will participate in a panel discussion about poetry
and writing on Monday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the Maas
Center. The panel discussion is free and open to the
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th
St. in downtown Holland. The Maas Center is located on
Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.