Colleen Redman writes and provides photography for The Floyd Press newspaper. Her poetry has been published nationally, regionally, and online and has most recently in appeared in Artemis Journal and Floyd County Moonshine. She is the author of The Jim and Dan Stories, a memoir about her brothers’ deaths that was required reading for a grief and loss class at Radford University. Her photography, poetry and writing are regularly featured on her blog, Loose Leaf Notes, where her bio reads:
From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia I write to synthesize what I’m learning at the time, whether it be poetry, a political commentary, or a letter to my mother in Hull, Massachusetts, where I’m originally from. Whenever I don’t know exactly what it is I’m doing and it borders on wasting my time, I call it research. ‘Dear Abby, How can I get rid of freckles?’ was my first published piece at the age of 11.
Colleen will be reading poems from her chapbook Packing a Suitcase for the Afterlife, published by Finishing Line Press. The 34 poem collection is a distillation of her life and tracks the inner and outer journeys of childhood, aging, care giving and life’s inevitable losses. The poems probe the questions, ‘How much does the essence of one’s psyche weigh? Is the soul the one carry-on that we can actually take with us? In the end, what do we value and what will we leave behind?