Catherine Woodard of New York, formerly of Kenly, will be reading from her first book of poetry titled “Opening the Mouth of the Dead” on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at Kenly Library.
Woodard is the granddaughter of Dr. B.L. and Betty Woodard of Kenly and her parents were Bob and Helen Woodard.
Woodard grew up in Kenly and graduated from North Johnston High School in 1976.
“Opening the Mouth of the Dead” is a story in poems,” said Woodard. “Much of the story is fiction, but the small-town sense of extended family and community is very real to me and an important source of comfort to the third-grade narrator.”
“I use Spring Hope as the name of the town to evoke “hope” as a verb but all my family and friends know it is a homage to Kenly,” said Woodard.
“The library is fortunate to have Kenly native Catherine Woodard coming to read from her book,” said Kenly librarian Betty Pope. “We are all excited about her visit to our library and look forward to spending an enjoyable afternoon with her.”
The price of the book at the reading at the library is $15.