The Coffee with the Poet Series continues on Thursday, September 20th at 10:30 a.m. and will feature the work of Katherine Soniat as she presents her new collection, A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge. This collection marks her sixth book of poetry. Originally from New Orleans, Soniat has taught at the University of New Orleans, Hollins University, and for twenty years was on the faculty at Virginia Tech. The sense of place is central to her work and she travels widely to immerse herself in various cultures so that they become transformative filters for more personal contexts. Crete, the Andes, the Bavarian Alps, and the Grand Canyon are a few of these regions she has included in her writing. Expanding the focus of poetry in such a way allows threads of art, myth, history, geography, and geology to inform her collections, shaping sequences of poems that resonate across a broad but personal spectrum. She now lives on a in Asheville, North Carolina, and teaches in the Great Smokies Writers' Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The Coffee with the Poet series is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and meets every third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.