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|Kathryn Hohlwein was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah, majoring in English and French, and received her M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, of Middlebury College, Vermont. After a year on scholarships to France, where she studied Philosophy at Rennes, Bretagne and Spanish at the University of Santander in Spain, she moved to Lebanon, where she taught Literature at the Beirut College for Women.
Kathryn has taught for 35 years at the English Departments of the following Colleges and Universities: Beirut College for Women; Drake University, Des Moines; Mount Mary College; University of Wisconsin; Ohio State University; American River Community College, Sacramento, and California State University, Sacramento. Classes taught: Contemporary Poetry, Contemporary Poetry in Translation, Creative writing, Writing Creative Non-Fiction, Modernism, The Art Spirit, and 30 years of The Homeric Imagination, a graduate seminar. During her teaching career she has been awarded twice the Award for Meritorious Teaching and the “Woman of the Year Award,” Y.W.C.A. Her publications include many poems, book reviews, critical essays and lyrical essays in various journals. The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library of American Women at Harvard has requested her papers and letters for its permanent archive.
Since retirement Kathryn founded and is the president of The Readers of Homer, a non-profit, tax exempt organization that produces night long audience participation readings of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, in the US and around the world. These readings have been presented over the years in many locales and institutions, including the Gibson Retreat in Sacramento, CA, the Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts in New York, The Dahesh Museum of Art in New York, the cove of Cybelle in Chios, Greece, and the Library of Alexandria in Egypt.
Upcoming scheduled engagements include: Daskalopetra in Chios performance for the Third Annual Homeric Festival of Omeroupolis; a return to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina for a performance of the Odyssey; the Adelaides Festival, Sydney, Australia; University of Dallas, Texas; the Getty Villa, Malibu, California; University of Georgia at Augusta, Georgia; a three day Homeric celebration in Montivideo, Uruguay; the Iliad in San Francisco with an emphasis on readings by Veterans of American Wars; University of Oslo, Norway; Simon Frazer University, Vancouver, British Columbia; Michigan University at Ann Arbor.
Sponsors include: the Consulate General of Greece in New York; the S. Niarchos Foundation, Monte Carlo; the A. S. Onassis Foundation, Athens; the Chian Federation of Northern California and Canada; the A. M. Osorio Family Trust, Venezuela; the Municipality of Omeroupolis, Greece; t he American Center Alexandria, of the State Department, USA, Egypt; the California Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and many individual patrons.