Poet Malena Mörling Visits Catlin

We’ll be welcoming poet Malena Mörling to Catlin Gabel next week for a poetry reading and discussion of her work.  While she is here, she’ll be visiting with some of our students to talk with them about the writing process.

Mörling teaches at the University of North Carolina’s Wilmington campus, and is a published poet.  Read or listen to some of her poetry featured over the years on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, hosted by Garrison Keillor.

We have her books, Astoria and Ocean Avenue, in the library.


Astoria Ocean Ave

(photo credits:  Goodreads.com)

Poet Samiya Bashir Visits on Friday


Reed College Professor and poet Samiya Bashir will visit Catlin on Friday.  If you would like a taste of her poetry, come to the front window just inside the library, and take a moment to read several of her short poems. You’ll have a much better sense of her work before she visits!

Below is  a video from Bashir’s blog, which is a multimedia presentation of “Dowsing Crow”.

For more of her work, please visit her blog.  See you on Friday at the assembly!


Take Me With You: Books for Winter Break


With less than two weeks to go before the big vacation, it’s time to gather up some good reading to enjoy during those gaps between visiting relatives, sleeping in, and, for the lucky ones among you, lazing about in warm sunshine.

All Things Tolkien:  Have you encountered the fictional world created by 20th century author JRR Tolkien?  This Oxford professor and language creator built enormously rich worlds peopled with orcs, wizards, hobbits, elves, and humans.  The Tolkien Society provides a biography if you’d like to learn more.

In a few weeks, the new film version of the Hobbit will be released.  Why not read some of the books before the movie comes out, and become a knowledgeable critic?

What’s new on the bookshelf? Click the titles below for reviews from GoodReads!

If you like an old, snarky classic, David Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice will make you laugh.

Come by soon, as we close for Winter Break on Friday, Dec. 14th at 4pm.  Have a restful break!


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