Chestertown, MD, August 16, 2005 — Washington College's Sophie Kerr Committee presents Meredith Davies Hadaway reading from her new collection, Fishing Secrets of the Dead, Wednesday, September 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.
Hadaway, who serves as the College's Vice President of College Relations and Chief Marketing Officer, started this series of poems in September 2000 as a thesis requirement while earning her MFA in Poetry at Vermont College, after the death of her husband. Inspired by the Chester River that flows beside her home, Hadaway's collection of verse—a finalist in the Word Press First Book competition—explores the natural landscape of the Eastern Shore and its connection to the complexities of love and loss. Hailed by critics for their poignancy, Hadaway's poems have appeared, or will appear, in Absinthe Literary Review, Ellipsis, Isotope, Lilliput Review, MARGIE, Currents, Delmarva Quarterly and Milestone.
The reading is sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, which works to carry on the legacy of the late Sophie Kerr, a writer from Denton, Md., whose generosity has done so much to enrich Washington College's literary culture. When she died in 1965, Kerr left the bulk of her estate to the College, specifying that one half of the income from her bequest be awarded every year to the senior showing the most "ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor" and the other half be used to bring visiting writers to campus, to fund scholarships, and to help defray the costs of student publications.