Gwendolyn Soper is
1 part poet
1 part commentary writer
1 part soprano
(formerly with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra Chorus,
Utah Chamber Artists,
and opera role: Queen of the Night)
1 part mother & grandmother
1 part-ner in marriage
1 part beekeeper in rural Utah.
Too many parts?
Gwendolyn was born and raised Mormon in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of an artist mother and an orthopedic surgeon father, who “took himself off”—as her uncle would say of her father’s suicide—when Gwendolyn was six years old. She would retreat to the gully behind their home to explore the mill creek and rest against scrub oak to ponder—something she would continue during another difficult period when an unhappy step-father joined their family for many years. Her poetic interior landscape began to take shape in those woods.
She is founder and administrator of an underground poetry society for fans of the poet, Billy Collins, with many hundreds of members from around the globe.
Gwendolyn Soper’s poetry has been published in The Ekphrastic Review, Exponent II Magazine, Poetry & Covid, and Stuck Up (a collaborative effort by Nuart Aberdeen, Scotland to create the world’s longest paste-up wall of poetry and art. A poster of her poem, “Cast Iron,” is on that wall).