Local author publishes new book

By Katherine Edgren

I am happy to announce the publication of my latest collection of poems: “Keeping Out the Noise”, published by Kelsay Books. The cover image was painted by Chelsea
resident and artist, Cathy Muha. I am a resident of Dexter.

The 132-page book costs $23.00 and is available from Serendipity Books in Chelsea, as well as Literati, Booksweet and Nicola’s in Ann Arbor and Blackstone in Ypsilanti. It is also available in Chelsea, Dexter, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
libraries and through Amazon.com and publisher: kelsaybooks.com, and soon through Ingram Publishing.

In this work, I explore the different ways we fight pain and grief, whether it’s evoking change, letting the light in, swearing and repeating, contemplating while waiting, escaping to the woods and the lake, collecting and connecting, lighting memory or clinging.

Short Biography: I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was first published at the age of seventeen under my maiden name: Kathy Kool. While I am now retired, in my professional life I was a member of the Ann Arbor City Council for six years, I raised funds for the ACLU, I was a project manager on research and intervention projects in Detroit on asthma and air quality, and managed a department at University Health Service, U of M. In addition to writing, I enjoy doing biking, gardening, hiking, kayaking, singing and walking my dog, Bella. My husband, John, is a retired professor of economics (EMU). I have two adult children and four grandchildren.

My other book The
Grain under the luster, was published by Finishing Line Press, along with my two chapbooks: Long division and Transportation. My poems have been published in numerous journals including: Coe Review, Moss Piglet, Christian Science Monitor, Third Wednesday, Birmingham Poetry Review, Peninsula Poets, the Decadent Review, Light, Orchards Poetry Journal and Barbaric Yawp. I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan.

Lola R. McClure