Kathleen Willard

Author of "The Incendiary Season"

Kathleen is an avid member of the Northern Colorado community and poet writer. Her 48 published poems have made her the recipient of three Pushcart Prize nominations and an ACC Writer’s Studio Award. As a vivacious participant in the writing community, she’s attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, the Vermont Studio center and was an Artist-in-Residence for Breckenridge Creative Arts. She’s also been the recipient of a Fullbright-Hays Grant to study in India, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and a Career Development Grant from Colorado Creative Industries. 

Discover Kathleen's Work

Kathleen Willard undertakes the ultimate road trip—a one-month exploration and encounter of the entire subcontinent of India. Willard instantly and utterly fell in love with the people, culture, arts and literature of India and returned home forever changed. Each day, out of sorts, she encountered both the beauty and the poverty, the ecstatic and the solemn and her poems document her transformation and uncertainty. Her journey shadowed by her mother’s terminal illness and her insistence, Willard make this journey despite her decline.

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Praise for Kathleen's Work

Dr. Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Professor at Indiana University

“Anyone who has ever hoped to outrun grief will find themselves in these lush, gorgeous poems. They confront the sterility of modern death with the bright colors, wheeling birds, and jangling silver bracelets of India. Not just a travelogue, but a voyage into loss and redemption.”

“Attunes its lyric eye to the local ecological crises. But rather than lament, these poems seek as Emerson would have it, that genius that repairs the decay of things. Willard’s vision includes love and her song offers it necessary resistance to ruin.”

Dan Beachy-Quick, Award Winning Poet