Poet and photographer Margaret B. Ingraham was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and “grew up” exploring the woods behind her childhood home. She is the author of a poetry chapbook Proper Words for Birds (Finishing Line Press), nominated for the 2010 Library of Virginia Award in poetry, This Holy Alphabet (Paraclete Press), lyric poems adapted from her original translation from the Hebrew of Psalm 119, and Exploring this Terrain (Paraclete Press). Ingraham is the recipient of an Academy of American Poetry Award, a Sam Ragan Prize, and numerous residential Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been a guest lecturer on poetry and the psalms at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and the Virginia Theological Seminary, and has twice collaborated with internationally recognized composer Gary Davison, most notably to create “Shadow Tides,” a choral symphony commissioned by Artistic Director Gretchen Kuhrmann for Choralis to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th and performed on that date in 2011 in Washington, DC. Ingraham resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
“My poetry, like my photography, focuses on the image –on seeing what the light of attention can reveal. For me poetry is a vehicle through which to behold what is temporary, to capture what otherwise might be lost. With my words I strive to offer others the opportunity to savor a fleeting moment — to stop and rest and contemplate and marvel with me there.”