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Poetry Reading in Sleepy Hollow

Slappering Hol Mini Lit Fest

Saturday, February 1, 2020,  7 p.m. SHLF Saturday Presents:

A Celebration of Local Journals | Readings & Conversations with Inkwell, The Westchester Review, and River River

Featuring readings and Q&A with journal editors and contributors: Katherine Flannery Dering, Bridget Potter, Emilya Naymark, Juan Pablo Mobili, Vincent Bell, and Philip Cioffari.

I read poems being published this spring in Inkwell Literary Magazine, the literary journal of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville college.  I  also read new poems I have been working on.


at Manhattanville College

APRIL 11, 2019,  7 PM

Join Manhattanville MFA alumnae Katherine Dering, Terry Dugan and Alex Lindquist at Manhattanville's Barat House. 

Katherine and Terry  will read from their recently published work, and Alex will display and speak about her art. 

All three will also talk about how passion and art intersect. 

Books will be available for sale, and the authors will sign their work.

Recent Appearances

Poets in Conversation at the Norwalk Library

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018, 7 – 8:15 PM:

Katherine Flannery Dering is a poet, novelist and memoirist who holds an MFA from Manhattanville College. In 2014 she published Shot in the Head, a Sister’s Memoir a Brother’s Struggle (Bridgeross). A mixed genre book of poetry, prose, photos and emails, it deals with caring for her schizophrenic brother, and she is an advocate for better care for the mentally ill.  Her poetry chapbook, Aftermath, to be published in 2018, began during a period of introspection following the death of her nephew from a drug overdose. Her poetry and essays have also been featured in numerous small journals, newspapers and anthologies. Ms Dering  lives in Bedford, NY and currently serves on the executive committee of the Katonah Poetry Series. She blogs at www.deringkatherine.wordpress.com.


Inkwell Magazine

Poetry on pages 1 and 2 of Issue 35.

Two poems of mine appearing Inkwell Journal, which can be purchased on line through Itasca books.   The poems are titled "Herons" and "Marcescence."  Coincidentally,  "Marcescence" mentions  the Great Flu of 1918 -- a pandemic we are hearing a lot about lately.  

Having my work accepted by Inkwell is an honor. And I am especially  pleased to be part of this issue  because it includes a special section on "Sanctuary," which I think we all can find interesting. 


Cordella Magazine


Dancing with my Brother

I was pleased and honored that Cordella published my essay about my relationship with my brother Paul. 

Dancing with my Brother

I had three brothers, but I never danced with any of them—except in silly, everyone-jumping-around-sessions of doing the Mouse with Soupy Sales. Not even at a wedding. But that changed a couple of weeks before my youngest brother died...

read more   https://www.cordella.org/issue-ten#/dancing-with-my-brother

Poetry in River River


http://riverriver.org/issues/ten/dering-kittens/.    published in the On-line Journal, RiverRiver.

This poem is an "almost Roundel" as I play with the form a bit.  

     The box is too heavy for me.
    Its damp cardboard struggles
    to hold the five shifting kittens.....