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Madwomen Reading Series: The Third Annual Dorothy Holley Memorial Readings, featuring poet Deborah Slicer
Carlow University  
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
Carlow University 
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Madwomen Reading Series presents
The Third Annual Dorothy Louise Holley Memorial Reading Events
Featuring Deborah Slicer

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Writers on Writing: A discussion and reading with Deborah Slicer
Aquinas Hall, Room 106, Carlow University
3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Books available after the lecture.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A poetry reading by Deborah Slicer
The Kresge Center, Carlow University Commons
Reading at 7:30 p.m. (book table at 7 p.m.)
Reception and book signing following the reading.

Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking.

Dorothy Holley’s creative energy and strong faith manifested itself in her love for gardening, storytelling, and writing about those things which profoundly touched her life. Dorothy’s daughter, Beth Piraino, established this endowment in memory of her beloved mother, recognizing the importance of the Madwomen in the Attic program in Dorothy’s life. As a Madwoman in the Attic, Dorothy found fellow writers and kindred spirits who shared their work and growth as published writers. While in her 80’s, Dorothy published four volumes of poetry: A Whole Quart Jar, The Garden Journals, Late Day Thoughts, and Dream Quartet.

Deborah Slicer won the Autumn House Poetry Prize for The White Calf Kicks in 2003. She has since published in a variety of magazines, including Orion; in anthologies, including Garrison Keillor's Good Poems, American Places; and has been featured on Keillor's The Writer's Almanac on four occasions. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia and a PhD in philosophy from UVa. She's currently a professor in the philosophy department at the University of Montana, where she directs their MA program in environmental philosophy.

Dorothy Holley’s poetry honors familial love, the fertile land of her childhood, and the dream of a 'peaceable kingdom.' These are poems of understated courage, quiet perseverance and redemptive vision—in the face of terrible storms and loss. Perhaps most affecting is the poet’s open-hearted joy at 'the feel of the earth in planting cut potatoes, the taste of ripe raspberries.' – Joan E. Bauer

There’s a wild, unpredictable exuberance in these wonderful poems, one formed of equal parts grief and joy. Slicer says of a giant Percheron stallion: 'He’s made from endurance/like a hummingbird.' You can’t argue with an intelligence that alert — you can only startle and bow, grateful that imagination and language still serve, still proclaim the sacramental anguish of this world. –Gregory Orr

For more information, please contact Sarah Williams-Devereux at or Jan Beatty at

This reading is supported in part by The Dorothy Louise Holley Endowment and sponsored by Carlow University’s English Department, Creative Writing Program, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
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