Welcome to the Sweet Pea Project's Blog, part of the Sweet Pea Project's effort to create a supportive and compassionate community for those of us affected by the death of a child. Here you will find updates on the Sweet Pea Project, as well as anything going on in the world that relates to childloss. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see discussed here, I'd love to hear it. Please make sure you stop by the official website, www.sweetpeaproject.org and feel free to email me for any reason at anytime at Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.
peace, Stephanie Cole (Madeline's Mom)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sweet Pea Project Presents Coffee & Conversation with Catherine Bayly

Sweet Pea Project Presents Coffee & Conversation with Catherine Bayly

Sweet Pea Project invites bereaved parents of our community to join them in the Loft Ballroom at downtown Lancaster's Mulberry Art Studios on Friday, March 8th, 2013 from 6:30pm until 8pm for an evening with poet and professor, Catherine Bayly.   Catherine, a bereaved mother herself, will speak about her experience and her writing.  Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop, or they may choose to simply enjoy coffee and dessert. 

This event is free to all bereaved individuals in our community. As always, donations are greatly appreciated so that we may continue to offer serve our community's grieving families. Seating is limited and registration is required.  Reserve your spot online at www.sweetpeaproject.org/coffee.  Registration will remain open until Feb 15, as long as space is available.  

Catherine Bayly studied English Literature and Creative Writing at University of Maryland, College Park.  She is currently an adjunct professor at that same university.  In addition to teaching English, Catherine is a journal editor and runs occasional bereavement writing workshops at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD.

Catherine began writing poetry in earnest after her daughter's death in 2005.  Since losing Sophie, Catherine has had two healthy daughters and completed graduate school.  Grieving, raising children, and theorizing on literature simultaneously was most fascinating in its blend of the very real and the very abstract. So, although much brilliant, if distant, theorizing is done in academia, Catherine's greatest scholarly interest lies in the intersection of literature and deep feeling--and she refuses to see the two as ever disconnected.

Catherine's work can be found in Exhale magazine, as well as moonlighting on Youtube and The Lifespan of Butterflies.  Her poems are currently under review at The Little Patuxent Review, and she is working on a collection of poems which traces the connected, relentless processes of grief and craft.

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