As an avid reader and dedicated writer, Kate loves words in all their incarnations but especially when they are arranged into poems, novels, essays, lyrics, proverbs, jokes, and folk tales. Besides songs, Kate writes poems and essays, and most recently, she has been working on a novel. For more information about poetry readings, new publications, and other literary news, check out the News page.
Kate’s reflections on music – making it, listening to it, recording it – can be found in her blog, The Green Wave.
Some of Kate’s published poems are available on-line:
A New Book Available Here: Brigit's Woven World! $10* * * * *
The Harp-Boat, a chapbook of poems inspired by Kate’s father, a Maine lobsterman, and winner of the 2007 Kulupi Press “Sense of Place” Chapbook Contest is available for purchase from PayPal.
When Arthur instructed me to get a quote for the back cover from a well-known local poet, my first thought was Kate Barnes, my favorite living poet and a Maine Poet Laureate Emerita. She supplied a quote that I could read everyday of my life and still feel its thrill! Here's a bit of it:
“This lively, intelligent poetry is also attractively musical. It is a feast of pleasure and meaning for any reader.”
~ Kate Barnes
A few weeks ago "The Harp-Boat" arrived and I felt the amazement of a dream come true. There was the picture of my father (on the back cover, next to my own), there were Kate Barnes' beautiful words, there was the dedication to my father and my big brother, Dan. And in all of that is the sense of coming full circle, the immense privilege of celebrating my father's life, the world of Saco and Camp Ellis, ME, and my own inheritance: the sea.
Irish Song Material
Here is a link to some of Kate's Irish singing class material: Singing in Irish Materials