The Newport Public Library is hosting a reading by poet Lisa C. Taylor on Wednesday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. Taylor’s fourth poetry collection, Necessary Silence, was published in early 2013. Its poems explore the range of human vulnerability from strangers meeting in a grocery line, “forgetting how invisible we all are for most of our lives” to a Virgin Mary sighting. In this image rich collection, tones of despair and celebration comingle, “a parade of contrast” showing the resilience of the human spirit.
Taylor also has two published chapbooks Talking to Trees and Insufficient Thanks and a full-length collaborative collection of poetry with Irish poet and writer, Geraldine Mills, The Other Side of Longing. The Other Side of Longing was chosen for the Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Honor at University of Connecticut and both Taylor and her co-writer Mills were Lecturers of Irish Literature in 2011.
She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and teaches part-time at Eastern Connecticut State University. Her honors include two AAUP Faculty Development Awards, a Pushcart nomination and several book finalist designations.
Taylor’s work has been widely published in many national and international journals and magazines such as Crannóg, The Birmingham Poetry Review, The Worcester Review, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Pacific Review, Midwest Review and Connecticut River Review. She has also had poetry featured in two national anthologies, Written with a Spoon: A Poet’s Cookbook and XY Files: Poems on the Male Experience.
Taylor has been a guest on radio and television shows in Connecticut, Connemara and Galway, Ireland. She has received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and will be in residence at Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland in 2013. For more information about the program, go to the library’s website at www.newportlibrary.org.