Bees, evidence of possible alternate universes, the soon-to-be extinct northern white rhino, the fate of the planet and the complexities of love and desire occupy Kathleen Willard’s mind and have all found their way into her poetry. Kathleen Willard’s Cirque & Sky won the Middle Creek Publishing Fledge Chapbook Award. It pairs pastorals about Colorado with anti-pastorals dealing with fracking, Superfund sites, pine bark beetle infestation and other environmental concerns. She received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to travel and study in India which served as inspiration for the poems for her second chapbook, This Incendiary Season to be published by Middle Creek Publishing in the Spring 2020. As a community organizer for poetry events in Northern Colorado, she hosted Writing Parties at the Museum of Art Fort Collins, a poetry writing installation called the Poetry Café at the Loveland Museum, and a poetry/origami writing booth at the Loveland Corn Roast. She has curated community readings at the Wolverine Farm Letterpress, Bas Bleu Theatre, Art Lab and Music District. She attended the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference twice, the Disquiet International Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal and had artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center twice and the Breckenridge Creative Arts Tin Shop Artist-in-Residence. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to study the New England Renaissance and travel to New England. She received her MA in Literature from Middlebury’s Breadloaf School of English and her MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University
Join us after the performance of Constellations on Friday, February 28 to hear Kathleen's poetry!
By Nick Payne
Directed by Natalie Scarlett
Playing February 28 – March 21, 2020
“Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible – and so emotionally devastating?” –The New York Times
A physicist and a beekeeper meet at a party. They hit it off and go for a drink. Or perhaps they don’t. Perhaps she is engaged to someone else, perhaps he is. Maybe she breaks his heart, maybe he breaks hers. Even in quantum parallel universes, in which every possibility exists, love stings like a bee. Time, it turns out, is a more effective breaker of hearts than human beings. Written in the stars, Constellations is an immersive multi-media banquet presented in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater in collaboration with the Museum of Discovery.
Playing at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery – 408 Mason Court