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Woodbury Library To Host Local Greek Mythology Poet

On January 29th, the Woodbury Library will host an Author Talk and Poetry Reading with storyteller Susan A. Katz of Washington, Connecticut, on her recently-released book, “The Limits of Light”. The event will be held at 2:00 PM at the Woodbury Library located at 269 Main Street South in Woodbury. Admission is free. Face masks and preregistration are requested.

Published on August 31, 2021, by Austin Macauley Publishers, “The Limits of Light” features a collection of narrative poems that explores the tales of Greek Mythology and their contemporary messages.  “The gods, ostensibly divine beings were much like us. We can see parallels between the triumphs and disasters of the ancient Greek gods, and modern civilization. It is almost as if these ancient stories foretold the future,” comments Katz.

From Apollo, who was thwarted in love, to Scylla who betrays her father for lust, to Icarus who strives to fly to the sun, only to fall to his death… the tales of the gods unfold in Katz’s compelling and dramatic narrative poetry.

A nationally and internationally published poet, Katz’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, and literary magazines. With the publication of “The Limits of Light”, she will have published four books of poetry and co-authored two textbooks with a music specialist, Judith A. Thomas, espousing the need to incorporate the arts into schools’ curriculum.

For more than 30 years, Katz worked for The New York State Poets in Public Service, and then, with music/movement specialist, Judith A. Thomas, and conducted student/teacher poetry workshops in the United States and Canada. Her work has been cited as: “…precise imagery, directness, and honesty…outspokenly erotic and sensual, evoking a powerful sense of physical passion and deeply felt experiences.” – Robert Wilson, Poetry Editor, Negative Capability. 

Katz has been actively writing and publishing poetry for more than 50 years. She finds inspiration for her poems in the intricacies, and intimacies, of life and family, the hazards of living, and the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Her poems reveal her intense passion for the living quality of language. Katz believes that “Poetry is the need to write beyond the limits of choice; the freedom to see beyond the limits of light.”

Titles of poems in “The Limits of Light” include “The Rape of Persephone” (Persephone & Hades); Of Beauty Born (Medusa); To Phaeton (Phaeton & Apollo); By What Name Love (Minos, King of Crete, made war upon Megara; Nisus was the King of Megara and Scylla was his daughter); What Matters (Narcissus & Echo); Hazard of the Heart (Zeus); and The Gift (In the End)

Copies of “The Limits of Light” will be available for purchase at the January 29th event. The book is also available here; Amazon: here; Barnes & Noble: here; The Book Depository: here; and in select bookstores. Susan A. Katz’s works can be found on her website here.                                                                                 

Masks will be required for the January 29th event, and seating will be limited due to social distance requirements. To preregister for the event, please call the Woodbury Library at 203-263-3502, or visit www.woodburylibraryct.org. For information on Susan A. Katz, click here

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