Former Westmont resident to lead online poetry workshop

  • Tom Catalano

    Tom Catalano

Updated 1/7/2022 10:02 PM

Author/poet Tom Catalano will be conducting a livestream workshop, "Poetry: How and Why," as part of the monthly meeting of the Inkwell writer's group.

The online meeting with Catalano as guest speaker will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, via Zoom. Anyone interested in writing and learning more about how to become a poet are encouraged to attend this no-cost presentation.


The former Westmont resident is the author of eight books of poetry, two books of short stories, and a book of witty quotes. He has written more than 2,000 poems and sold more than 7,000 copies of his books. During the workshop, Catalano will read humorous and touching selections from his poetry books and discuss his inspiration and motivation. The author will dispel the popular misconception that poetry is long, sad, or hard to understand. He will also explain why writing poetry is important and how to get started.

Catalano's rhyming poems take a lighthearted look at everyday events adults can relate to such as being in an elevator with someone wearing too much cologne, the trauma of having work dreams, vacations gone wrong, holiday celebrations, and the challenges of being a writer. His sentimental poems are heartwarming reflections of people, places, and events. His poems have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country and in Canada.

Catalano has read his work at more than two hundred bookstores, libraries, and community events throughout the country. He is currently a resident of Crossville, Tenn. More information about Tom Catalano or his books can be found on his website:

The Inkwell is a group dedicated to educating and supporting novice and accomplished writers and is open to writers of all levels and genres. During the monthly meetings, the creativity, craft, and business of writing will be emphasized. The group is supported by Pennwriters, Inc., a nonprofit multigenre writing organization established in 1988 as a networking tool for published and aspiring writers.

The Inkwell meetings are open to all writers, from beginner to published. If you plan to attend the online February event, or for more information about Pennwriters and The Inkwell, contact Jennifer D. Diamond, Area 4 Representative, at, or

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