Worcester County Poetry Association
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Angela Dorenkamp (1929-2013)
was a long-time member of the
Worcester County Poetry Association.
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Ken Happe (1934-2013) gave a Bloomsday-related talk back when WCPA was still located in the PASOW building. He had been invited by Laura Menides; his topic was The Odyssey and the Homeric parallels with Ulysses. The talk was very well attended and well received. The only down side was that our space on Chatham Street tended to be a little swampy at the best of times and on that June evening, it was incredibly hot. It was beyond hot: it was sweltering. Ken heroically stayed the course. He occasionally joined us at Bloomsday sites over the years. It was always a pleasure to have him read (or guide others in reading) the passages in Latin, Italian and other languages. He was a lovely man.
Ken joined WCPA during our 2007 Bloomsday Ramble. Here's Ken at Bancroft Tower and later in the day at Coney Island Hot Dog, reading the Cyclops episode with Phil Nejemy. (A perfect union of location and text.)
1916 - 2012
Gertrude Halstead was a beloved member of the Worcester poetry community. A long-time participant in a writing workshop led by John Hodgen, Gertrude was a regular at several local poetry venues. Many of us first heard Gertrude read at Poetry Oasis, founded by Eve Rifkah and Mike Milligan. In 2003, Gertrude was featured in the literary journal Diner, also founded by Eve Rifkah, and the subject of a 2008 documentary, "memories like burrs". In 2007, Gertrude Halstead was named Worcester's first Poet Laureate. A memorial celebration of her life and work was held at Assumption College 2012, when friends and family gathered to read her poetry and share memories.
Lynda Johnson (1935-2016) was a long-time member of the Worcester County Poetry Association and served as WCPA treasurer for several years in the 1980s. Every performer needs an audience, and for many poets who attend WCPA events, Lynda was there. Members of the WCPA appreciated her superior editing abilities. She will be missed.
During her time in college, Eleanor became a prolific writer of poetry and short stories, a frequent and popular poet at local open mikes and the author of four books of poetry and prose: Ali Anora's Life Through The Window, The Spirit and Wisdom of a Woman, Our Path is Chosen, and Pages from my Life. She interned at Worcester Magazine, served on the board of Worcester County Poetry Association, and Opera Worcester, and illustrated many organizational programs, newsletters and event posters for all the organizations she participated in.