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Katherine Hastings

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WordTemple Poetry Series
Local Address:  Sonoma County , Canada
Company Description: "WordTemple is one of the best reading series in the country. It creates a wonderful, invigorating, exhilarating sense of community..."

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  • MFA , Writing
    Vermont College
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Katherine Hastings - Author of "Updraft" (Finishing Line Press, 2010), "Fog and Light" (forthcoming from Ahadada Press, 2010), and "Sidhe" (dPress 2006), Katherine's poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, including The Comstock Review; Rattle; Parthenon West Review; CALYX; Beatitude and others. She is the host of WordTemple on KRCB 91 FM, Santa Rosa's NPR affiliate, and founder/curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sonoma County. Hastings, who grew up in San Francisco, lives in Sonoma County.
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Katherine Hastings Katherine Hastings is the author of a chapbook Fog and Light (Ahadada Reader 3, Ahadada Press 2011) and Updraft (Finishing Line Press 2010). She's the host of WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM and founder of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sonoma County and San Francisco, CA. For more information go to
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Both events will be introduced by Katherine Hastings, host of WordTemple on Santa Rosa's NPR affiliate, KRCB 91.1 FM, and curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series at the Sonoma County Museum.
Katherine Hastings, Cecilia Woloch, Carol Muske-Duke, Nancy Norton - November 13, 2009 WordTemple Poetry Series at the Sonoma County Museum
Katherine Hastings, Cecilia Woloch, Carol Muske-Dukes, Nancy Norton - WordTemple Poetry Series at the Sonoma County Museum on November 13, 2009
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Cloud Fire by Katherine Hastings
ISBN 978-1-881471-11-0 $15.00 106 pages
How refreshing to come across a book like Katherine Hastings' marvelous Cloud Fire, rich and verdant in formal experiment and range. Mixing lyrics, narratives, curses, blessings, spells, and unabashed love poems, the work is hard-won and honest, generous and rigorous. In poem after poem Katherine Hastings casts her ever-vigilant, observing eye, sharp as it is poignant. Her deepest concern seems our perilous locale and planet: "My city whose streams are rock doves and parrots/ whose bright arm is a spring board for love and suicides" and yet "we breathe here better than anywhere, distressed."
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 surprising images embrace close observation, deeply dramatized love and losses, and have the power of crossing boundaries of spirit to reveal truths otherwise unseen.
Katherine Hastings is a poet whose words embody light; she is the ambassador of luminescence to American poetry today. It is no wonder that clouds catch on fire in this magnificent and transformative collection. In poems like "Whittenberg", where an atmosphere of light invades and reshapes, "Pushing off from the Wall", where white cells of water, jewel-lined/undulate amoeba-shapes, and "Twister" clear blue prophecy is proclaimed. In "Bird. Song. Knife. Heart" (No one saw her glide among the lake or river/a radiance wrapped in flame), and "Mother" ("Light transfers from the formless/smatters across the given/world"), and so many others, Hastings truly succeeds in evoking a continent of light on radiant pages ...There is no voice like hers!
Katherine Hastings
Katherine Hastings grew up in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies. Chapbooks published are Fog and Light (Ahadada Reader 3, Ahadada Press 2011); and Updraft (Finishing Line Press, 2010). She is the host of WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM and curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sonoma County, CA.
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Nighthawks by Katherine Hastings
ISBN 978-0-923389-11-6 $15.00 106 pages
If there's such a thing as fierce Buddhism, Katherine Hastings' Nighthawks finds it. Here is nature in minutely observed, embroidered detail, juxtaposed with terse and stark observations keyed from Rexroth's "holiness of the real. Hastings is unafraid: she writes fearlessly of subjects such as the slaughter of children at an elementary school in Connecticut, the death of a young black man in a subway station, and opens a brave and unblinking lens on a lover's cancer.
And these new poems do insist on inhabiting hard realities-a beloved's cancer diagnosis; the public murder of an innocent young man by a police officer-but also, in "Perseid From a Park Bench," two lovers wish on a meteor falling through the night sky, and Hastings reminds us: "We humans do this, place hope on a ball of dust passing through a comet's tail."
Katherine Hastings is the author of CloudFire (Spuyten Duyvil 2012) and several chapbooks. She is the editor of What Redwoods Know - Poems from California State Parks, which was sold as a benefit for the California State Parks Foundation. She is the executive director of the non-profit WordTemple; host of WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM, and curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series and WordTemple Arts & Lectures in Sonoma County, CA. Hastings grew up in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco and received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She lives in Sonoma County, CA. For more information go to and
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