By Mandy Webster

Tonight I had the chance to attend a poetry reading featuring Meg Kearney at Mount Mary College. Kearney spoke a bit about her writing process and gave some background information on a few of her poems, but for the most part, the reading consisted of approximately 45 minutes of listening to her read her beautiful work.

Mount Mary’s Helfaer Hall was nowhere near as full as this award winning poet’s reading deserved. Her rich voice rang through the freshly painted hall, punctuated by the occasional low, muttered “Wow” from somewhere in my section of the audience.

Kearney read a selection of her own work, including poems with titles like “Creed” and “Ticket,” both of which may be read on her website. She also read from The Secret of Me (pictured at right,) a novel in verse which tells the story of an adopted teenager who struggles to understand where she fits in her family and her world.

Meg Kearney is Founding Director of the Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her first collection of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, was published by BOA Editions Ltd. in 2001. Kearney’s latest poetry collection, Home by Now, debuted on the Poetry Foundation’s contemporary best-seller list in November 2009.

Amanda L. Webster