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General Information

Name:  Kathleen Welton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Santa Monica, California

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Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in California and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in both English and Italian Literature. Veteran publishing executive with 30 years of experience in the book publishing industry, including positions in strategic planning, editorial, sales, marketing, and e-commerce

Biographical and Professional Information

During her career, she has served Director of Book Publishing for the American Bar Association, Vice President & Publisher for IDG Books, Vice President & Publisher for Dearborn Trade, and Senior Editor for Dow Jones-Irwin.Welton has also edited four books: ''100 Essential Modern Poems by Women'' with Joe Parisi, ''The Little Book of Gratitude Quotes'', ''The Little Journal of Gratitude'' and ''The Little Book of Success Quotes''.

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Titles At Your Library

Poetry For Beginners
ISBN: 1934389463

For Beginners. 2010

Poetry is one of those subjects almost impossible to define as it can be so many things at once. It can be: kids whispering limericks on the playground secret languages used by revolutionaries and spies or the written strength of oppressed people. Poetry is how millions of people across time have used language to try to better understand love, hate, war, religion, oppression, joy, sorrow, sex, and death.

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of writing in the world, yet also constantly evolving. Despite its complexities, poetry is probably the way most people learned how to read. Poetry For Beginners is a fun, lively and accessible guide, and expands one’s understanding and knowledge of poetry through the ages.

From ancient Greece to the present, Poetry For Beginners traces the wonders of the written word and shows how it is relevant in daily life.


  • Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist, ''100 Essential Modern Poems by Women''
  • Award-Winning Finalist in the Self-Help

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