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“It’s everything you don’t talk about at the dinner table,” says award-winning Bristow author and poet Katherine M. Gotthardt, describing her book. DC Ekphrasticus: crisis of faith. Now available in an extended hardcover version, the book originally published in late 2020 features even more poetry based on Ethan Meurlin’s black and white street photography and delves into aspects of politics, religion and failed relationships. .
Gotthardt says his poems were written in response to Meurlin’s evocative plans for the DC metro area. Telling the imaginary stories behind the photos – an ekphrastic approach that uses art as inspiration for writing – the poems include “Discussion Topic”, which won first place in the free verse category of the 2020 annual competition of the Loudoun County Library Foundation. Photography includes Meurlin’s work regularly featured by Capital Photography Center.
Many poems harness the literary power of personality, Gotthardt says. “That’s how storytelling happens – I put words in the mouths of people who experience the world that Ethan captured. And much of what they have to say echoes the sentiments of the past few years. in response to the presidential election, social unrest, COVID-19, and larger questions for which there are few definitive answers.
Meurlin says, “When you think about it, we are constantly creating stories in our minds, even when information is limited. We study a work of art, or we see a person on the street, and then we develop our own stories about them. Although I have a story in mind that I try to tell through my photos, I also try to leave enough space for the viewer to create their own. I am both moved and amazed by the stories Katherine has created using my photos.
With eight other books to her credit, including a No. 1 Amazon New Release and a Nonfiction Authors Association Silver Award winner, Gotthardt was recognized as the best author of Prince William from Inside Nova in 2019 and 2020, and she won the Outstanding Poetry Project. Prince William County Arts Council Poet Laureate Circle award in 2020. In 2021, Gotthardt was awarded the Seefeldt Regional Award for Artistic Excellence in the Individual Artist category. She was recognized as the winner of the PW Perspective 2021 DMV Best Business Award in the author category. Gotthardt uses proceeds from her book sales to support local non-profit and community-focused initiatives.
The expanded hardcover edition of DC Ekphrasticus: crisis of faith is available through Amazon, other online retailers, and independent Northern Virginia bookstores and galleries. For more information, visit KatherineGotthardt.com.