Willow Glen Poetry Project co-host, Christine Richardson, introduced October’s featured poet, Kelly Cressio-Moeller, with these words:
In August 2007, a poet took her seat among the small group of chairs in the back corner of Willow Glen Books. She had never before attended a Willow Glen Poetry reading. To assuage her fears she signed up to read first for Open Mic. When the hostess Jean Emerson called Kelly Cressio-Moeller, those of us lucky enough to be in the audience received our first gift of Kelly’s presence, her elegant delivery, and her exceptional poetry. She read a beautiful poem about the artist Ruth Asawa. This well crafted poem, as dozens of other poems, was later published in one of the many fine online journals and printed editions that have accepted her work: Rattle, Poet Lore, Zyzzyva, to name just a few.
Kelly has been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and in one year alone was nominated by three different journals for a Pushcart Prize.
A few months ago she completed her first full length manuscript. It was recently selected as a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Review First Book Award.
All of Kelly’s interests and abilities inform her poetry: from her passion for all kinds of music — she is a drummer — lyric, cadence, and voice, from her knowledge of art history and painting — imagery and allusion, from her endeavors as an artist and photographer — eye for placement and detail, and out of her love for classic fountain pens and ink — simply, words. Tonight Kelly is here to engage us with those words, so carefully chosen, arranged and delivered to us as gifts, as that first gift of her first poem read that August night 8 years ago.
We cannot thank Kelly enough for being such an integral, proficient, contributing member of our Willow Glen Poetry community for all of these years.
It is with deep joy I present this outstanding poet and my friend, Kelly Cressio-Moeller.