Skip to main content

Annn Kaiser, Fischer Poetry Prize Finalist 2020

Ann Kaiser, slated as featured reader at March’s Bardic Trails Zoom poetry webinar Tuesday the Second at 7 p.m., is a translator as well as a poet. She works with Catalan, Georgian, French and Spanish.

Register on-line at the Wilkinson Public Library to get URL & password. Go to

“Kaiser was a finalist in our 2020 Fischer contest,” noted Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Talking Gourds co-director. “Her poem “Shape Shift” was honored by Judge Claire Blotter of California.”

Kaiser is the Pushcart Prize nominated author of <glint> and co-winner of the inaugural Milk and Cake Book Prize. Her poem, “Shape Shift,” was long-listed for the 2020 Fish Publishing Poetry Prize. Her poem, “The Hunt,” is included in Sonora Review’s issue on gender-based violence. Poems and photos can also be found in Harbor Review, Lavender Review, NewSquare and The Rumpus.

Anne curated and participated in events for the Sant Jordi 2020 Festival where she did a video of her poem “Horse Behavior” which is translated into several languages.

She has also read as an invited poet in, and curated for, the COMPASS concert series.

Following the featured reader, there will be a short Question and Answer session with co-hosts, Art Goodtimes and Trommer. Then, we’re going to try a new system. Instead of continuing to do a Gourd Circle in the same Zoom platform, we’re going to end the Bardic Trails Zoom webinar. That should occur around 7:30 p.m.

At 7:45 we’re going to start a new Zoom meeting for the Talking Gourds Poetry Club, for Club members and their invitees only. It won’t be open to the public. People interested in participating in that private session can join the Poetry Club at the Talking Gourds website. We also ask them to send an email to Goodtimes or Galaxy Dancer notifying us of their having paid their Club membership fees, and they will be given the Zoom info for the private meeting.

A one-time membership donation of $25 (or more) gets one on our mailing list permanently and makes one current for the calendar year in which the donation was made. Each calendar year after that, to keep current, there’s a $10 renewal fee – payable by check or online with plastic.

For those who like writing prompts, Marsha West suggests for March “Sea Change.“

Club members in good standing receive a monthly pdf copy of the handsome broadsides for each featured reader that Daiva Chesonis creates. Those pdfs can be printed for free at the Wilkinson. Chesonis will also have copies available for purchase at her Between the Covers Bookstore.

Our future Bardic Trails dates are April 6 with V. Penelope Pelizzon of Connecticut, May 4 with Julie Bloemeke of Georgia, June 1 with Melissa Studdard of Texas, July 6 with Partridge Boswell of Vermont, Aug. 3 with Jane Lunin Perel of Rhode Island, Sept. 7 with Anna Scotti of California, Oct. 5 with Renee Podunovich of Cortez (CO), Nov. 2 with Debbi Brody of New Mexico, and Dec. 7 with Al Zolynas of California.

All Bardic Trails first Tuesday Zoom webinars begin at 7 p.m., MST.

Leave a Reply