Thursday, September 20, 2007

Member News

Marie Kane, AOY secretary, has a poetry reading as the Bucks County 2006 Poet Laureate at Newtown Library at 8:00 this Friday, September 21. Newtown Library
114 Centre Avenue, Newtown, PA. For information, please call 215-968-7659

Marie has another reading at the Buckingham Peace Fair on Saturday, September 29 at 12:30 at the Meeting House. A link to the site is

Marie ends her reign as Poet Laureate this fall. She has enjoyed reading and sharing her work with others across the county this past year.

A brief bio is below for those of you who do not know Marie.

Marie is a lifelong writer. She recently retired from 28 years of teaching at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown. She received her undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University and earned a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Creative Writing from Arcadia University in 1995. Other studies included a summer graduate writing program at the University of New Hampshire in 1997 and annual Poetry Master Classes at Bucks County Community College with Dr. Christopher Bursk. She was a runner up for Bucks County Poet Laureate in 1997, and is the 2006 Bucks County Poet Laureate.

She has received a recognition award for her poetry from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and an award for her teaching of young writers from The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She has been a featured reader at the New Jersey State Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, and at various colleges, universities, and bookstores. Her work has been published in various magazines and journals. She is a member of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers. She is the Chair of the annual James A. Michener Art Museum Poetry contest for writers in the Central Bucks School District, and even though she is retired, plans to continue her love of teaching writing to young people through a Poetry Club at CB West.

At present, she is working on a Chapbook of poetry entitled, Everything Must Count for Something.

Hope to see you there.