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Alumna Kileen Gilroy to Present Poetry Reading

Written by Akaya McElveen

Kileen Gilroy.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's English Department will present a poetry reading by alumna Kileen Gilroy on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Webb 110.

Gilroy received her B.A. in Secondary Education /English as well as a minor concentration in Writing, with Magna Cum Laude honors. During her time spent at Eastern, she was the chief editor of the University's literary journal, "Eastern Exposure," as well as the vice president of the English Club.

Gilroy is an emerging poet and aspiring artist who has been writing poetry for the past 13 years. Her work primarily concerns the journey of the self and the many relationships individuals must endure to obtain some sense of discovery, purpose and realization.

She presented her poetry at the University's Research Conference and Exhibition for three consecutive years (2008-10) and was the recipient of the University's Contributions to Cultural Life on Campus Award in 2009. Gilroy also participated in the 11th Annual Writer's Conference and Workshop at the University of Rhode Island in June 2012 with Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, and has read at several venues in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York City. She currently teaches English at Lincoln High School, is applying for graduate school, and is writing a full poetry manuscript.

Gilroy's literary and online publications include The North Central Review, The New Plains Review, Inner Art Journal, Imitation Fruit, Silkworm: 4, Eastern Exposure (editions 1, 2, & 3), Nefarious Ballerina, The World Voice Project: Inspiring a Conscious Signature, The Kaleidoscope Project, Maintenant 6: A Contemporary Dada Art & Literary Journal and Poetry & Art Exhibition Book. She was the featured poet for Caught in the Net in June 2011 and her poetry was also incorporated in the local film project, Villanelle (fall 2012).

Her mixed media work has also been exhibited in several Gallery X shows in New Bedford, MA,  including "Public Hanging," "I am Curious Red," "From Olympus to Alderaan," and "Low Brow." Other art exhibits include "Duality" with Keith Ranaldi at Java Madness (June 2012); "Places of the Small Point" commissioned for Bonnet Beach Club restaurant (June 2012); "Memphest: In Memory of Matt Sands" donation piece to raise scholarship funds; and The Wickford Art Association "Poetry and Art" exhibit with Kerstin Zettmar.


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