Through Poetry Paths, Julia Spicher Kasdorf conducted two poetry workshops last Friday for 16 residents and staff members at Water Street Mission on South Prince Street. She also gave a reading from her recent work later that evening at the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, with dinner catered by Upohar, a new local business serving international food prepared by resettled refugees.
Julia Spicher Kasdorf has published two collections of poetry with the University of Pittsburgh Press, and a third, Poetry in America, is forthcoming in 2012. Â Of the other collections, Eveâ€™s Striptease was named one of Library Journal’s Top 20 Best Poetry Books of 1998, and Sleeping Preacher won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes Collegeâ€™s Association Award for New Writing. Â Her poems have been awarded a 2009 NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Â She also published a collection of essays, The Body and the Book: Â Writing from a Mennonite Life, winner of the 2002 Book of the Year Award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and a biography, Fixing Tradition: Â Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American. Â She has worked on new editions of Yoderâ€™s 1940 local color classic Rosanna of the Amish and Fred Lewis Patteeâ€™s The House of the Black Ring. Â With Michael Tyrell she co-edited the anthology, Broken Land: Â Poems of Brooklyn. Â An associate professor of English and womenâ€™s studies at the Pennsylvania State University, she teaches in the MFA program in creative writing.