Word Thursdays featuring Judith Kerman and Robert Gwaltney
The Bright Hill Press & Literary Center presents Word Thursdays featuring writers Judith Kerman and Robert Gwaltney.
Judith Kerman is a poet, singer and artist. She has published eleven books or chapbooks of poetry, most recently Definitions (Fomite Press, 2021), three books of translations of Spanish Caribbean women, and two scholarly anthologies. Kerman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Dominican Republic in 2002, translating Dominican women writers and researching Dominican folkways. In addition to learning Dominican papier-maché mask making, she filmed, wrote and edited a 24-minute video, Dominican Carnaval, visible on YouTube. After a career in university teaching and administration, she moved to Woodstock, NY, where she runs Mayapple Press (1978-present). She founded Earth’s Daughters magazine in Buffalo, NY, which has published regularly since 1971.
Raised alongside three feral, younger brothers in the rash-inducing, subtropical climate of Cairo, Georgia, Robert Gwaltney is a lifelong resident of the South – a circumstance that leaves an indelible mark upon his voice as a writer.
A graduate of Florida State University, he presently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his partner. By day, he serves as Vice President of Easter Seals North Georgia, Inc., a non-profit organization that strengthens children and their families during the most critical times in their development. Through his non-profit work, he is a champion for early childhood literacy. In all the hours between, he writes. The Cicada Tree is Gwaltney’s debut novel.