Women's Author Series #2: Kathryn Carole Ellison
Kathryn Carole Ellison: Gifts of Love Poetry
Wednesday, March 23, Noon to 1 PM PST
Author and poet Kathryn Carole Ellison’s fifteen beautiful books of poetry are a result of a lifetime of writing—first as a journalist. Then, because she had some life lessons to share with her children, she chose poetry as a means of communicating.
The books, from CELEBRATIONS, HEARTSTRINGS, INSPIRATIONS, SANCTUARY, GRATITUDE, HORIZONS and more contain poems from a collection written over a span of 45 years. The “Poems of Life and Love” are as fresh and relevant today as they were when she first wrote them.
Ellison began writing poetry for her children in the 1970s when they were reaching the “age of reason,” and she was leaving an abusive marriage, becoming a single parent, and overcoming her own addiction. She wanted to share “life’s lessons” and “words of wisdom” with them. Poetry was her way to communicate with her children to help them make good decisions in life, without a barrage of words and lectures that would fall on deaf ears.
And so, the Advent Poems began. She gave her children one new poem a day during Advent, along with a trinket. In total, Ellison has penned more than 900 inspirational and wisdom-filled poems for living a more joy-filled life and overcoming every-day challenges.
After Ellison’s second husband died of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2008, she decided it was time to share her poetry with the world. In 2014, at the age of 75, she started a business and began the journey into the world of publishing and fulfilling her life’s purpose. Ellison wants to share the message that it’s never too late to pursue one’s dreams. She believes the philosophy that “you can be old at 30, or young at 90”—that it’s all up to us.
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