Rose State College creative writing professor Theresa “Trixie” Walther will be the featured reader at the April 10 Second Sunday Poetry Reading at The Depot, 200 S. Jones. The free event begins at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments are served.
Walther's poetic voice is rooted in her home town of Kilbride, Newfoundland, her deep Irish heritage, and her travels abroad. As a young girl she was inspired by a fourth-grade English teacher to write her first short story and was “hooked” on words and images from that point on.
She has poems published in the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine literary journal Blood and Thunder and in the Sugar Mule writing anthology Ain’t Nobody can Sing like Me. Her chap book of selected poetry is entitled Heart’s Content.
Walther, who has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma, has taught full-time at Rose State College since 2004. She also works to coordinate the college’s annual Poetry at Rose event. She is a member of the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, the National Council for Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, and the Oklahoma Association for Developmental Education.
Walther was recently one of five professors to be named a 2015 DaVinci Fellow by the DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma. The award recognizes creativity, broadly defined, among Oklahoma higher education faculty who have made a significant contribution to the profession.
Past Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Book Award winner and long time host of Second Sunday Poetry Carl Sennhenn says, “Walther's poems are powerful, open, and honest and are capable of taking one's breath away at times.”
Second Sunday Poetry Readings are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council. For information about this and other Depot programs, phone 405-307-9320.