Poetry Reading and Book Launch with Rosaire Karij

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The library will host local poet, Rosaire Karij, for a reading from her new book, Bone Song. This collection contains poems of jubilation and sorrow, and everything in between -  the experience of finding the unifying threads of existence (from ancient times to the present) that sometimes make the

Rosaire Karij grew up in New York City in a large extended family of Czech and Irish ancestry. She attended nursing school in Syracuse and has lived in Alaska, Montreal, and the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. She was in charge of health care services at Planned Parenthood for 25 years, a position that allowed her to “pray with her feet”, to put into practice deeply held beliefs about social justice, the inherent worth of every individual, and the preciousness of our children.

She began writing poetry seriously in her forties, as part of a midlife journey that continues to this day, and has included exploration of alternative healing practices, African dance, Tai Chi, Buddhism, and archetypal astrology. She lives in Ithaca sheltered by the trees of an adjacent nature trail, enjoying the solitude of retirement interspersed with occasional visits from her two sons, extended family, friends, and her beloved granddaughter.

This event is free and open to the public.