Kitty Jospé Youth Scholarship Fund
The Kitty Jospé Youth Scholarship Fund was launched in 2020 by members of O Pen and Poetry Oasis, two greater-Rochester groups dedicated to reading and discussing poems and exploring the ways in which they connect us to each other and the larger world. Group members established the fund to pay tribute to the many gifts Kitty Jospé has shared with them and others over the years, and to help extend her service even more widely.
Tax-deductible contributions to the fund will underwrite need-based scholarships for young readers and writers attending Writers & Books’ SummerWrite camps and other literary arts workshops for youth.
About Kitty Jospé
Poet, educator, and community treasure Kitty Jospé’s life and work have been filled with selfless service and a desire to share her passion for the arts with others, especially young people. She is a dedicated advocate for human rights and understanding. Since 2008, she has organized, led and nurtured O Pen and, more recently, Poetry Oasis, where her spirited leadership has helped create a safe, generative space for participants to question and grow together as a lively, curious, considerate community always open to new members and new ideas.
As a teaching artist at Writers and Book, Jospé shares her knowledge and experience with readers and writers of diverse backgrounds, ages, and skill levels. She has been a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery since 1998, where she has given talks linking music, language and the visual arts. In addition to performing poetry, she actively collaborates with other artists, dancers, and musicians. Jospé holds an MA in French Literature and an MFA in creative writing/poetry. Her poems appear in a variety of local and national journals, anthologies, and six collections, including four books published by Michael and Carolyn Czarnecki of FootHills Publishing: Cadences (2009), Golden Smoke (2013), and Twilight Venus (2018) and Sum:1. Images that inspired 27 of the poems in Sum:1
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