September 23, 2022

Poetry reading on Greek mythology and author conference at the Maxx on April 7

On Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the New Milford Library will host renowned poet Susan A. Katz from Washington, Connecticut. Ms. Katz will offer an author talk and poetry reading from her recently released new book, “The Limits of Light”, at Maxx at 94 Railroad Street, New Milford. Admission is free and registration is required.

Published August 2021 by Austin Macauley Publishers, “The Limits of Light” features a collection of narrative poems that explores tales from Greek mythology and their contemporary messages. “The gods, ostensibly divine beings, looked a lot like us. We can see parallels between the triumphs and disasters of ancient Greek gods and modern civilization. It’s almost as if these ancient stories predicted the future,” comments Katz.

From Apollo, who was thwarted in love, to Scylla who betrays his father for lust, to Icarus who strives to fly towards the sun, only to fall to his death… the stories of the gods unfold in poetry Katz’s captivating and dramatic narrative.

A nationally and internationally published poet, Katz’s work has appeared in numerous literary anthologies, journals and magazines. With the publication of “The Limits of Light”, she will have published four books of poetry and co-authored two textbooks with a music specialist, Judith A. Thomas, espousing the need to integrate the arts into school curricula.

For more than 30 years, Katz worked for The New York State Poets in Public Service, then, with music and movement scholar Judith A. Thomas, led student/teacher poetry workshops in the United States and in Canada. His work has been cited as “…accurate imagery, directness and honesty…overtly erotic and sensual, evoking a powerful sense of physical passion and deeply felt experiences.” – Robert Wilson, poetry editor, Negative Capability.

Katz has been actively writing and publishing poetry for over 50 years. She finds inspiration for her poems in the complexities and intimacies of life and family, the vagaries of life, the beauty and wonders of the natural world. His poems reveal his intense passion for the living quality of language. Katz thinks that “poetry is the need to write beyond the limits of choice; the freedom to see beyond the limits of light.

Poem titles in “The Limits of Light” by Susan A. Katz include “The Rape of Persephone” (Persephone & Hades); Of born beauty (Medusa); To Phaeton (Phaeton & Apollo); By what name love (Minos, king of Crete, made war on Megara; Nisus was king of Megara and Scylla was his daughter); What Matters (Narcissus & Echo); Chance of the heart (Zeus); and the gift (at the end)

The cost of “The Limits of Light” poetry collection is $8.95, and his works and poetry can be found on his website. “The Limits of Light” is available on; Amazon:; Barnes & Noble:; Book repository:; and in some bookstores.

Face masks will be required for attendees who are not fully immunized at the April 7 Author and Poetry Reading Conference presented by the New Milford Public Library @ The Maxx. Pre-registration is required by calling 860-355-1191 ext. 203 or emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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