Robert Sward, our originally-scheduled reader, is unable to join us this time around. Instead, we will be featuring Casey FitzSimons, a fantastic poet and Willow Glen regular.
Casey FitzSimons’ poetry appears in print and online in Fresh Hot Bread, The Prose-Poem Project; flashquake, Leveler, EarthSpeak; The Newport Review, and others. She has been a finalist in the River Styx and Writecorner Press poetry competitions. She has collected her works annually in chapbooks, most recently Altering the Lay of Land (2010) and Forgetting My Errand (2009).
Casey is an Army brat, having lived in Brazil and Germany, and derives some content inspiration from moving seventeen times by the age of seventeen. She has taught high school and college math, practiced law, and done significant pro bono work in fair housing. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San Jose State University and taught art in San Francisco for many years, publishing her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, with Prentice Hall, and reviewing many exhibitions for Artweek. She is a frequent reader at San Francisco Bay Area venues. About being a poet, Casey says, “My father was a Milton scholar, so what chance did I have?”
She lives in Redwood City near her daughter, son-in-law, and three granddaughters. When not writing poetry, Casey tutors children and adults in reading and mathematics in Redwood City and Half Moon Bay, and plays fingerpicking blues guitar.
Open mic to follow.
If you wish to be included in this Willow Glen Poetry Project, please bring a hardcopy of your poem to the event, and also email it to us (see the Submissions page). Of course, it’s perfectly okay if you just want to read without submitting.
The reading will take place
Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Willow Glen Branch Library
1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, 95125
See the Events page for a map.