Poet and Playwright Rita Brady Kiefer joins Women Write The Rockies!
Crossing Borders is Rita Brady Kiefer’s first collections of poems to appear since Nesting Doll, a finalist for the 2000 Colorado Book Award. Since then she has also completed “My Name Is Not Eve,” a full-length play that evolved from 28 years of weekly writing sessions with survivors of domestic violence. EVE was eventually performed at the site of the noted Curious Theatre in Denver as a benefit for a local Denver women’s shelter, and at Mesa State University in Grand Junction. Also to her credit are two poetry chapbooks and almost 200 poems published in national and international journals, some translated for print in Argentina and Spain. Several poems have appeared in the anthologies: Face to Face (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Hunger Enough (Pudding House Press), The Crimson Edge (Chicory Blue Press) and Beyond Lament (Northwestern University Press). The Ars Nova Group of Colorado recorded her poem, “Like This” on the CD, Soundscapes. In addition she has received numerous local and national awards and grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, A Puffin Foundation, and the Danforth Foundation. Kiefer is completing a memoir she hopes will be welcomed by the right publisher after needed revisions.
Before retiring from the University of Northern Colorado as Professor Emerita of English and Women Studies, she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by the faculty and Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the students.
Recently she and her husband, Jerry, moved from Evergreen to Lakewood, CO where she is at work on her next writing project.