Poet, Scholar, Teacher, Spiritual Guide

Photo of Kathleen Staudt outside in a pink shirt

Trained as an academic, Kathy has read and studied poetry for most of her life, writing and editing two scholarly books and many articles on the work of the British poet and artist David Jones. She began writing poetry herself at midlife and has found that the poetry has become a spiritual practice of holy attention, enabling her to dwell deeply in the richness and challenges of life, loss, relationships and transitions. Her retreat work and teaching focus on connections between poetry, creativity and the spiritual life, while her many years of training and experience in the art of spiritual direction inform her one-on-one work accompanying people on their faith journeys.

Through scripture, prayer and poetry as well as the rich resources of Christian tradition from Ignatian and Benedictine discernment techniques to Quaker clearness practices, Shaping a Faithful Life offers an opportunity to creatively explore life’s big questions. Readers will learn to listen for God’s lead in the choices that they face around relationships, time and money, and the kinds of work that awaken purpose and passion in their daily life, both in the present and for the future.
book cover of Thing Thing Called Poetry edited by Kathleen Staudt

Poem of the Season

Epiphany Light

Our Christmas feast has passed.
Morning light reveals
A house returned to normal
Ornaments and lights,
Cloth of red and green
Now put away until next year
 

January morning light
Glows like the lining of a shell.
The year has turned. The light returns.
Though the trees are bare
And walkways patched with ice,
Spring seems possible.
 

Furniture of ordinary months
Re-ordered, in its place
invites the day’s work now, and I
begin again, settled in quiet joy.
 

from Good Places