Kate Gallagher

category: Literary,

Contact & Info

  • kmgedits@msn.com

Artist Statement

Kate Gallagher is the author of numerous publications including work done in The Westchester Review and The Sun.  She has also contributed works of poetry in One Word/Many Voices: a Bilingual Poetry Anthology and Let the Poets Speak for 2000, 2001, 2006 (3-time finalist in the Greenburgh Poetry Contest).

Educational Background

Advanced Poetry workshop with B. K. Fischer, The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 2009-11.  The Brenda Connor-Bey “Learning to See” Legacy Workshop Series, 2008-11.  Advanced Poetry workshop with Eamon Grennan, a master class at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 2008.  The International Women’s Guild Writers’ Conference, Skidmore College, 2005-10.  Poetry workshop with Suzanne Cleary, The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 2005-07.  WriteMind, a workshop for teachers teaching writing with David Surface, 2008.  Workshops with The National Association for Poetry Therapy, 2009.  Advanced Poetry workshops at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, 1998-2002.  Graduate coursework in Education, Pace University, Briarcliff, NY, 2000.  Graduate Poetry workshop with Poet Laureate Jorie Graham, University of Iowa, 1998.  Graduate Poetry workshop with Marvin Bell, Long Island University, 1996.  B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, Pomona College, 1984.

Teaching Artist Experience

Exploring how we "find" our stories, poems or ideas, Gallagher often uses sensory stimuli as triggers, emphasizing that it is sensory details that make our writing come alive.  She has used the following exercise with 3rd-5th graders, teenagers and adults and it is always fun and enlightening.  She brings in small bottles of various scents: mouthwash, cinnamon, coffee, perfume, etc.  Passing these around the table, students write down anything that comes to mind, without trying to identify the scent.  Choosing one that is particularly vivid, they write a memory piece using sense imagery and detail.  The smell of baby powder became a poem about a baby brother's arrival, pickle relish became a piece about a backyard barbecue, and lilac was about an Aunt Louise from Arkansas.  We made a collection out of these pieces, noticing that the same smell might trigger completely different memories for different people.  A lesson in individuality!