Rosemary Winslow

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Rosemary Winslow lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, John Winslow, a visual artist. She and her husband host the reading series, Sounds on M Street, in the painting studio on M Street, NW. She teaches at The Catholic University of America.

Her poetry has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 32 Poems, Southern Review, Poet Lore, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Locus Point, The Cafe Review, and other journals. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including: Voices from Frost Place Volume II, Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude, Home, and Women Write Resistance. A collection of her poems, Green Bodies, was published in 2007 by The Word Works.

She directed writing programs for nineteen years for the Washington, D.C., area and for Catholic University. She was founding director of The National Capitol Area Writing Project, for which she received nineteen grants. She has been a co-director of the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series since 2008.

Her publications include research articles on the teaching of writing, on business writing, on Walt Whitman’s Egyptian influence and his prosodic influence on the Modernists, on contemporary poets, on poetry writing in a homeless shelter, poetry’s place in writing across the disciplines, and on poetry and trauma. Some of this work appeared under her former name, Rosemary L. Gates.

She has received three Larry Neal Awards for Poetry as well as grants from the D.C. Commission for the Arts and The Vermont Studio Center.

Reviews: from The Word Works: “In this, her first full-length collection, Rosemary Winslow weaves a web of both darkness and light, terror and joy, violence and loss, trauma and redemption, using filaments that are delicate, yet have enormous tensile strength. She writes about growing up in a painfully difficult family, giving us lessons on how to love the unlovable in poem after poem that express "the terrible complexity of love." (Baron Wormser) Lyric and meditative, these poems bear witness to an almost unbearable family history, in a small quiet voice that never preaches, but speaks of love and forgiveness of that which is truly unforgivable.[

Additional reviews and interviews can be found at:

Some publications:

•"FOXES", Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Winter 2004

•"LINDEN"; "GOING HOME"; "WHITE GROUND"; "BACKYARD"; "5 A.M.", Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Winter 2006

•"TO A FISH", The Innisfree Poetry Journal

•"BLOOD/WINE"; "THE DAY"; "MOTHER, THEN & NOW"; "BESLAN, ET ALIA", The Innisfree Poetry Journal

•"Haifa Street, Baghdad"; "Hydrangeas"; "Just In"; "The Visit"; "She Was Embroidered and Spring Kept Knocking", Locus Point, 31 October 2008

Green Bodies. Word Works. 2007. ISBN 978-0-915380-67-1.

Webcast lecture on Whitman’s elegy for Lincoln, Library of Congress:

Some research articles

  • “Egyptian Myth and Whitman’s ‘Lilacs’,”

  • “Poetry’s Place and the Poet’s Particiapation in Fields of Knowledge,”

  • William A. Barbieri, Robert R. Magliola, Rosemary Winslow, ed. (2004). Civil society: who belongs?.
  • Ronald A. Sudol, Alice S. Horning, ed. (1999). "Poetry, Community, and the Vision of Hospitality". The literacy connection. Hampton Press. ISBN 978-1-57273-216-2.
  • “Troping Trauma: Conceiving of Experiences of Speechless Terror,”

  • “T. S. Eliot’s Prosody and the Free Verse Tradition: Restricting Whitman’s ‘Free Growth of Metrical Laws’”, Poetics Today, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Autumn, 1990), pp. 547-578, Duke University, URL:

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