Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno, Musehouse
founder and director, is an award-winning author and poet
who received the Beatrice Hawley Award for her book of poetry,
Open the Door, published by Alice James Books in
April, 2009 and is the #9 best-seller for contemporary poetry
in 2009. Slamming
Open the Door
is a collection of poems recounting the true story of the
murder of her daughter, Leidy Bonanno, in 2003.
of the poems from Slamming were nominated for a Push Cart
Prize. Kathleen is a contributing editor of The American
Poetry Review, her poetry has been published in Women's
Review of Books, Margie and Anthology:Beloved on the Earth
which includes poems by Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver and Denise
Levertov. Her recent book tour has included universities,
conferences and bookstores throughout the U.S.
was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer in June, 2011,
was interviewed by Terry Gross for NPR's nationally syndicated
Fresh Air, featured in Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac
and is one of 67 recipients of a 2011 Knights Art Foundation
Grant for Musehouse,
a literary arts center in Philadelphia.
poet Sharon Olds calls Slamming
Open the Door
"a gift of power, truth, rage and beauty." David
Kirby in the New York Times Book Review says, "Readers
will have to step outside of a familiar, comforting tradition
of poetic grief while reading this book ... to read this
book is not to behold a completed work but to stand onstage
with a writer who finds herself in the middle of a story
in which she has been reluctantly cast."
has been an active member of the Unitarian Society of Germantown
for more than 25 years, and was recently featured in the
UU World Magazine. In 2007, Kathleen received the Purple
Ribbon Award from the Lutheran Settlement Home for her advocacy
on behalf of domestic violence issues.