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Phone Call in a New Century: Cento for Lynne Barnes by Kathleen McClung

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Kathleen McClung is the author of two poetry collections, Almost the Rowboat (2013) and The Typists Play Monopoly (forthcoming, 2018). Her work appears widely in journals and anthologies including Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Work Space, Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry, and A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens.  Winner of the Rita Dove, Shirley McClure, and Maria W. Faust poetry prizes, she is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee.
Kathleen teaches at Skyline College, The Writing Salon, and privately. She judges formal verse for the Poets & Patrons Chicagoland contest and sonnets for the Soul-Making Keats literary  Since the 2016 election she’s found the cento an especially healing and comforting form: it provides a way to savor and honor the work of fellow poets. Kathleen belongs to several poetry groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Ina Coolbrith Circle, and she directs Women on Writing: WOW Voices Now, an annual celebration of creative people of all ages. Lynne Barnes, author of Falling Into Flowers (2017), is a friend and colleague with deep roots in San Francisco.

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