David Kresh (1940-2006)

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David Kresh (1940-September 26, 2006) wrote three books of poetry. After graduating from Swarthmore College with an English degree and from Drexel University with a master’s in library and information science, served as Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress for 38 years. He also was the Poet-in-Residence at Capitol Hill Day School, where he led writing workshops for both teachers and students. He also gave poetry readings all around Washington, DC and was interviewed more than once for Grace Cavalieri’s public-radio program “The Poet and the Poem.” His book Turn Off or Use Opener won the Caryle Prize in Poetry in 2005. Kresh was also a member of Beta Phi Mu, a society for library science and information studies. He was greatly inspired by Walt Whitman. Kresh played blues and jazz music on the guitar and mandolin, and his poetry was at times influenced by his love of music. He made good use of repetition in his poetry. His other two books were called Bloody Joy: Love Poems (1981) and Sketches After Pete’s Beer (1987).

Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kresh http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/23/AR2006102301184.html DC Writers' Homes: http://dcwriters.poetrymutual.org/pages/kreshd.html Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/kresh-david/

Written by Monica Root, December 2013.

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