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KATE LIGHT is a librettist, lyricist and poet in New York City. She is also a professional violinist and a member of the orchestra of the New York City Opera.

Kate’s works include the libretto of The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, an opera adapted from an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (composer: Paul Salerni); Once Upon the Wind, a one-act opera based upon the Russian folktale “The Soldier Who Captured Death” (composer: Theo Popov);Metamorphoses, a musical-in-progress based on Ovid’s life and work (composer, Masatora Goya); the texts of Oceanophony and Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniuses, for narratorand musicians; and four volumes of poetry, Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniuses, Gravity’s Dream (Donald Justice Award), Open Slowly, and The Laws of Falling Bodies (Nicholas Roerich Prize, Story Line Press). Her lyrics for the song “Here Beside Me” are heard in Disney’s Mulan II. Read more…

Public Radio interview, with photos and more!

Scores available at Theodore Presser Company:
The Life and Love of Joe Coogan
. One-act comic opera. Music by Paul Salerni.
Gravity’s Dream, for SATB a cappella chorus. Music by Steven Stucky.

For a perusal score or libretto for Once Upon the Wind, contact kate@katelight.com or theo@theopopov.com

Hear American Lyric Theater’s complete studio recording here.


The Laws of Falling Bodies


Winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize
“If you have been wondering what happened to enchantment in contemporary poetry, open up Kate Light’s magical debut collection…These diaphanous poems seem more conjured than written!”
Molly PeacockThe sonnets are charming, captivating and a delight…They work like spells, and demand to be read again.
Liberal Arts Magazine, Penn State University

Gravity’s Dream: New Poems and Sonnets

Winner of the Donald Justice Award

“Kate Light has been one of my favorite poets for years and years now. To my eye and ear, she operates as a full master, able to somehow communicate in three lines a depth of heartache and clarity that it might take a novelist three-hundred pages to convey. Her work gives me shivers.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“…To read her work is often to feel a pleasure of one’s own experience–of love, confusion, discovery–named.”
Crab Orchard Review


Open Slowly

“…Light’s poems all have solid beating hearts…her voice is quite unlike anyone else’s.”
Dark Horse (UK)“Light is back with another collection…with the same wondrous features of her first book.”
Harvard Review“It’s hard to think of a poet so aptly named as Kate Light, except, of course, for Wordsworth.
The step of her poems is light, and plenty of that luminous stuff is shed here.”
Billy Collins

poems & essays


“One Day at the Opera”
A tribute to the New York City Opera—gone but remembered!

“The Part of Myself That”

“For the Simpler Things”

“More Quiet Than This”

Essay in Rochester Review, February 2007
A Violinist and Poet Gets Her Arts on the Same Page

From Gravity’s Dream, West Chester University Press, 2006

“You Must Accept”

“I Cart a Memory Too Fine”
“The Idea is the Fleeting Ghostly Fish”
“Seeing You Begin to Consider Loving”
“The Self-Taught Man”

“Riddle”, including audio recording


“You Must Accept”

From Open Slowly, Zoo Press, 2003

“I Never Want To Go When It’s Time”

“We Are”
“I Conclude a Sonnet Never Changed”
“Maybe Hidden”
“If He Sees Her”

From The Writers Almanac (Hear Garrison Keillor read)

“There Comes The Strangest Moment”
“Unknown Neighbor”
“You Must Accept”

From The Laws of Falling Bodies, Story Line Press, 1997

“Reading Someone Else’s Love Poems”
“After the Season”
“San Francisco”

“After the Season”
“And Then There is That Incredible Moment”
“Care/Care II”
“Reading Someone Else’s Love Poems”
“Six Urban Love Songs”

“After the Season”
“San Francisco”
“Greg’s Legs”

From Six Urban Love Songs

“Can One Think”
“San Francisco”
“Portrait of David As/Not As A Refrigerator Magnet: Universal”


‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Opera Public Radio interview

Garrison Keillor reads “You Must Accept” from Gravity’s Dream

Garrison Keillor reads “Unknown Neighbor” from Open Slowly
(Read or hear Garrison Keillor read)

Garrison Keillor reads “There Comes the Strangest Moment” from Open Slowly
(Read or hear Garrison Keillor read)

Hear Kate speaking about Einstein’s Mozart with interviewer Charley Samson on Colorado Public Radio,
including a reading of “Traveling in Coach,”
a poem about Mozart’s childhood (January 2006).

Hear an excerpt from “Here Beside Me” from Mulan II (Disney DVD/CD, 2005).

“Packing”, “Zeug-o-Matic“, “Riddle”

Library of Congress Audio Books (4-track)
[811] RC 5336, 1 cassette
Read by Kate Light

Library of Congress Audio Books (4-track)
Szymborska, Wislawa: POEMS NEW AND COLLECTED, 1957-1997
[891] RC 5275, 2 cassettes Read by Kate Light
One hundred poems by the Nobel Prize-winning poet, 1998.