Katherine V. Stevens, Poet, Photographer, and Novelist
Promoter of People, Poetry, and Prose
Katherine V. Stevens is a poet, photographer, author, and retired high school teacher of English and history. She is also the facilitator of Brush Creek Writers in Hillman, Michigan. She earned a BS in English/History from the University of Dubuque and an MA in English at the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College. Katherine resides in Northern Michigan with her ninety-six-year-young mother, who has permission to shovel snow.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
Dusting By Stars: Poetry is everywhere we look. Poetry is part of our surroundings, part of the very air we breathe, no something made up or forced into being.
Tucks and Me: History is just that, a story-the story of real people who live through real times. Each person's story makes up the sum of the events that we call history.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
I am a retired teacher of American History and English Literature. I have taught writing and since retiring am facilitating a writing group-Brush Creek Writers-in Hillman, Michigan, which sponsors a annual North East Michigan Short Story Student Writing Contest. I have a BS in English and History and a MA in English. My collection of poetry, Dusting by Stars, includes over 10 poems that were previously published. My novel, Tucks and Me, took five years to research and write, and includes "end notes" for teachers and others to use to further develop lessons on individual topics.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
I am a retired High School English/History Teacher who worked with at-risk youth, in an Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Programs. I have published a collection of poetry and a novel of historical fiction. My collection of poetry, Dusting By Stars, ranges from work on the environment, on paintings, on individuals I've met, and on spiritual subjects. My historical novel, Tucks and Me, centers on the relationships of a young Quaker lad and Cripus Attucks from the Stamp Act to the Boston Massacre. Its topics include the treatment of seamen on merchant and British ships, the creatures the seamen see, the friendships they make. On land, the plight of the unemployed, especially during the harbor blockade, and those who try to help them. It explores printing, the governor, Sam Adams, and all the mob violence and freedom seekers.
My presentations are varied based on the desires of the group. As I facilitate Brush Creek Writers in Hillman, I am available to organize poetry workshops for a variety of age levels. Tucks and Me allows the discussion of a variety of topics from the history of the per-revolutionaary period, to how a community can band together in times of need, to the issue of Native Americans and their treatment by those who landed on their shores, religious prejudice, the plight of the worker and more. There is so much more to history than our textbooks have room for. I would love to share the "people's" side.
Less than 5 appearances
Willing to travel
Character Education, Community Issues — African-American
Community Issues — Native-American