Hartwick to Welcome Poet Kathy Chase

December 3, 2012

On Tuesday, December 4, Hartwick College will welcome poet Kathy Chase for a poetry reading and book signing. The event will be held on the third floor of the Stevens-German Library in Yager Hall on campus at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided as Chase will read from her most recent book of poetry, titled Melodies of Life.

Chase was born and raised in Milford, NY and grew up on a dairy farm as the oldest of seven children. This lifestyle greatly influenced her love for and appreciation of nature and life in general. After graduating from Milford Central School in 1967, Chase went first to SUNY-Cobleskill, graduating in 1969, and then on to SUNY-Oneonta, completing her teaching degree in elementary education.

Chase began her teaching career at Cooperstown Central School in 1971 and retired 34 years later in 2006. She began writing poetry in the late 1990's after several years of teaching writing and poetry to her first and second grade students. Empowering them as writers and giving them voice was a passion of hers. From these teachings, Chase's students inspired her to write her own poetry.

Chase and her husband Calvin Chase '71 currently reside in the Oneonta, NY area.

Copies of Melodies of Life will be available for purchase after the reading, and Chase will be available for a book signing as well.

For additional information, contact Manager of Special Events Rachel Stevenson .

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031