Join us for First Thursday Poetry (if the winter weather permits)
February 6th at 6:00 pm
The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Mi Casa Su Casa Cafe'
Emily Hayes Whittle and Mary Arguelles are featured poets
Sponsored by Berks Bards with support from a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts,
administered locally by the Berks Arts Council. Additional support from Friends of the
Berks County Public Libraries, members and volunteers of Berks Bards, and poets near and far.
Emily Hayes Whittle is
a poet, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She fell in love
with poetry and the natural world as a child, and though the present
state of the world and environment causes her much sorrow, she finds
light for her path through poetry, her family and her Celtic Christian
and Cherokee Indian spiritual inheritance. Emily primarily sees her
poetry as a writer's struggle to find faith and sanity in a world often
veiled in violence and darkness.
Emily was born in Maplewood, Missouri, has worked an an LPN and began
college when her three children were in elementary school. Her husband,
Gary R. Whittle, also a poet, passed away in 2012. Both Emily and Gary
enjoyed and attended Berks Bards. Emily currently lives in Reading,
Emily's poetry has been published in various literary magazines including: Kalliope, American Writing, Passager, Poetic Page, The Awakenings Review, Writers' Ink, and several of her poems have been translated into Japanese and appeared in three bi-lingual editions of The Plaza (Tokyo). She also has had a book, Shadows and Light, published by Foothills Publishing.
Mary Arguelles lives
in West Reading with her husband. They have three children and three
grandchildren. She graduated from Alvernia University, and works as a
pharmacy technician at Healthsouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital. In 2005, she won the Central PA Magazine
Writing Contest with her short story, "Memorial Day" which appeared in
the April 2005 edition of the magazine. Her non-fiction has appeared in Newsweek, New Mother, Baby Talk, and Salt magazines. Her essay entitled, "Mending Petals" is slated to appear in the Spring 2014 edition of the Bellevue Literary Review.
As far as poetry goes, Mary has been reading and writing poetry since the third grade. Her poems have appeared in Writers' Ink. About poetry, Mary loves this quote from Christian Wiman, the editor of Poetry Magazine:
"Let us remember…that in the end we go to poetry for one reason, so
that we might fully inhabit our lives and the world in which we live
them, and that if we more fully inhabit these things, we might be less
apt to destroy both."