Kathryn Hohlwein is a poet, author, teacher, world traveler, and Homerist. Born in the Rocky Mountains, she graduated from the University of Utah in 1951 and received an M.A. from The Bread Loaf School of English of Middlebury College in Vermont 1953. For 37 years, she taught poetry, creative writing, world literature, poetry in translation, and the Homeric imagination at the University of Utah, Ohio State University, and for many years at California State University, Sacramento. Her publications include: Touchstones: Letters Between Two Women 1953 to 1964, The Middle Kingdom, What’s Funny About Forever, and The Little Chapel in Donegal. Upon retiring from teaching, she founded the International Readers of Homer, through which she created multilingual, audience-participation readings of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the International Readers of Homer has delighted audiences in London, New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Montevideo, Alexandria, Tehran, Athens, and the Greek islands of Kos and Chios. She is looking forward to the upcoming reading of The Iliad in San Francisco in May 2023, just a week shy of her 93rd birthday.
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Sharon gives a talk titled “The Meaning of Your Life Will Never Be Convenient.”