Join Tompkins County’s first poet laureate Katharyn Howd Machan for the launch reading of her new collection of poems, A Slow Bottle of Wine, winner of the 2019 Jessie Bryce Niles Competition and published by the Comstock Writers, Inc. Spanning more than 20 years, the collection chronicles her beloved daughter’s life and survival from heroin addiction. After reading a selection of the poems, Katharyn will be available for questions.
Katharyn Howd Machan, author of 39 collections of poetry, has lived in Ithaca, New York, since 1975 and, now as a full professor, has taught Writing at Ithaca College since 1977. After many years of coordinating the Ithaca Community Poets and directing the national Feminist Women’s Writing Workshops, Inc., she was selected to be Tompkins County’s first poet laureate. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks, and she has edited three thematic anthologies, most recently, with Split Oak Press, a tribute collection celebrating the inspiration of Adrienne Rich. With her beloved spouse, fellow poet and colleague Eric Machan Howd, she shares a home with two affectionate cats and celebrates the creative lives of daughter CoraRose and son Benjamin.