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Betsy Holleman Burke

Thursday, December 8, 2022, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
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We are delighted to again welcome Betsy Holleman Burke upon the publication of her third book of poetry, Reclamation. A year ago we enjoyed a Zoom reading of All That Remains and discussion with fellow poet, Judith Bowles. We look forward to sharing her new collection. Betsy will read poems and answer questions about her creative process.

Betsy began studying and writing poetry after the untimely death of her husband, Vernon, and the daily arrival of a hummingbird. She enjoys a thirteen-year association with American University Professor David Keplinger and the Surrey Street Poets. Her chapbook, Searching for Hummingbirds, was published in 2014, shortly before her marriage to an old friend. In 2020, Cherry Grove Press published All That Remains about the destruction of her family home, one hundred years old at its death. She finds it astonishing that she has published three books of poetry in her eighth decade.

The poems in Reclamation go to the heart of pain and loss. Betsy teaches us to process suffering as she looks back and reclaims the love and joy of every relationship. She explores the intersection between creativity and spirituality in her capacity as a floral designer at Washington National Cathedral. A student of synchronicity, she will share this magic she first encountered with the hummingbird.

Betsy’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She graduated from National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, and Hollins University in Virginia. She is a floral designer at the Washington National Cathedral and Hillwood Museum. Her website is