I was born and raised in Philadelphia. Pa. I went to Abp. Ryan H.S. for girls. I attended Bucks County Community College, then transferred to Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where I graduated in 1975 with a degree in Psychology. Later on I went to Univ. of South Fla. on a scholarship, where I studied for a Masters Degree in Counseling.
I have spent over 30 years counseling in many different venues, mostly with women on the fringe of society. I have worked at the Balto. Cty. Womens Detention Ctr.,where I ran the correctional drug program for female inmates. I next supervised the Harford County, Md., Intensive Outpt. Drug Program. Before working in the Women's prisons in Baltimore, I counseled the drug addicted, homeless population in Baltimore. I was appointed to the Harford County, Md. Advisory Board for Mental Health and Addictions, by the County Executive. I currently work on a part time basis for a Women's Domestic Violence Shelter in Delaware.
Much of the fodder for my poetry comes from these life experiences and are geared toward tragic societal issues, with an attempt to keep an overall hopeful attitude in this broken world.
I have always enjoyed writing about my life experiences and the people I have met along the journey, which at times have been raw and emotional.
Through my poetry, I have tried to share some of those experiences with you, my readers. I hope you enjoy my work and in some small way can feel my heart coming through it....
Where to find Kathleen Hoctor-Bieler online
Under an Emotive Sky
A collection of 30 poems gathered from the fabric of a life that has been raw, authentic and memorable, after 60 yrs. of living it.
Topics include 'slice of life' issues, such as love, death, nature, astronomy, victory, defeat and above all hope for a mysteriously, wonderful world...