Poet and teacher Athena Kildegaard to teach, speak at Luther in January

Poet Athena Kildegaard, who will teach at Luther College in January, wrote a love poem every day for a year. That labor of love resulted in her recent book, "Cloves & Honey." In her first book, "Rare Momentum," the poet composed 62 Fibonaccis, formal poems based on the mathematical sequence of the same name.

Kildegaard, who is a lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Morris, will share her remarkable poems in a reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus. The reading is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Her volume, "Bodies of Light," was a finalist in 2011 for the Minnesota Book Award, and she has received grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also received the 2011 LRAC/McKnight Fellowship.

Kildegaard's poems have appeared in such journals as Cream City Review, Malahat Review, Tar River Poetry, Mid-American Review, Faultline and in several anthologies.

According to Garrison Keillor's "Common Good Books" website, Kildegaard's poems "breathe new perspectives to time-honored themes—the deepening of love within a marriage, wonder at beauty of the natural world—with brevity, tenderness and wit."

In addition to her poetry, Kildegaard also has written scripts and produced television programs on topics as varied as Minnesota state parks and 4H groups.

Born in Wyoming and raised in Minnesota, Kildegaard has also lived and written in a myriad of places, including Sydney, Australia; Chicago; Austin, Texas; New Orleans; Guanajuato, Mexico and Roskilde, Denmark.

Athena Kildegaard