Robert Lashley (June 7, 2017)
A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in such journals as Feminete, Seattle Review Of Books, NAILED, Drunk In a Midnight Choir, and The Cascadia Review. His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and Lyric poetry. His full-length book: The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, will be out in March 2017.
Chi Chi Stewart, Elizabeth Carroll Hayden, and Laura Lee Bennett (May 3, 2017)
"I Am Not Cursed"—Persephone Retold
We took the Greek myth of Persephone's abduction. We each took on the persona of one of the three main characters—Demeter, Persephone, and Hades. Not only did we experience the myth in a new way, but we also had our characters and poems interact with each other. So the work is a kind of hybrid. We performed it onstage locally to do some final tuneups to the play of the language as well as the story arc, which changed itself a bit. The work turned out to be about a dysfunctional family that finds a way to get along.
At the age of 10, Chi Chi Stewart hid out in an abandoned chicken house on a near-by farm in South Jersey where she grew up, and wrote stories. She later earned a nursing degree and worked for 14 years in different health care settings both here and abroad. She was an at-home mom starting with the birth of her third child. The third was quickly followed by a fourth. 19 years later, while the nest was emptying out, she spent two bold years at Gage Academy in Seattle learning landscape painting and continued to write. Her poems have been published locally, and people seem to like her art well enough to buy it from time to time. Currently she works as a community instructor training people to be home health care aides. She believes that knowledge can lead to compassion and dearly hopes that no act of creativity is ever wasted.
After nearly entering the Underworld while canoeing around Deadman’s Island near La Connor, Elizabeth Carroll Hayden decided writing was safer. Teacher by day, poet by night, she is currently working on her MFA at the University of British Columbia. She is a past board member of Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP). She has two poems published in the RASP Anthology Here, There, Everywhere, and for the Redmond Poet Laureate Project for Redmond Centennial Poetry Anthology 10x10, she wrote ekphrastic poems in response to ten historical photos. She loved channeling Hades from the Underground, although she isn’t interested in meeting him anytime too soon. When she isn’t working on her young adult novel in verse, This Red Earth, she can be found Foxtrotting so far, a safer pastime than canoeing.
Over her 15th summer, Laura Lee Bennett took her first ride on a Harley with a lifeguard named Daryl. Persephone, the eternal punk daughter, became her alter ego. She now channels Persephone on a daily basis. Laura Lee received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon. In Seattle, she discovered Red Sky Poetry Theatre, and was embraced by that community. She is a past president of Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP), and actively supports the written and spoken arts in her community. Recently, she was invited to participate in Ekphrastic Assimilations, an interactive project through VALA Eastside, Pacific Lutheran University, and ryan james fine art, designed to bring together visual artists and poets from China and the United States. Laura Lee has a chapbook forthcoming from nine muses books, a short story called Snake Medicine.
Jenessa Hope, Ginna Luck, and Kara Simon (April 5, 2017)
Jenessa Hope makes mosaic and erasure poems exploring midlife evolution and other things. Her little sister once said they were like tiny, perfect snowflakes. Jenessa is also a magical dress up wizard and loves doing erasure poetry fortunes at the Punk Rock Flea Market.
Ginna Luck's work can be read in Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Radar Poetry, Gone Lawn, decomP, Bodega and more. She is nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has a MFA from Goddard College.
Kara Simon earned a PhD in psychology, studying topics like teams and personality. She is the President of the Redmond Association of Spokenword and runs a critique group at the Redmond Library. When not writing, she enjoys collecting hobbies, such as knitting, acting, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. Her work has appeared in Sonic Boom Journal, Snakeskin, and Poplorish. Check out her blog at https://ksimonwriterblog.wordpress.com/.
Joannie Stangeland (March 1, 2017)
Joannie Stangeland is the author of In Both Hands and Into the Rumored Spring from Ravenna Press, and the chapbooks A Piece of Work, Weathered Steps, and A Steady Longing for Flight, which won the Floating Bridge Press chapbook award. Her poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, The Southern Review, and other journals. Joannie has been a Jack Straw writer, and she is currently enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program.
Michael Schein (Jan. 4, 2017)
MICHAEL SCHEIN is an author, attorney, historian, lively speaker, and former professor of American Legal History. Find out more at www.michaelschein.com.
Sibyl James (Dec. 7, 2016)
Sibyl James is the author of eleven books--poetry, fiction and travel memoirs--including In China with Harpo and Karl (Calyx Books), The Adventures of Stout Mama (Papier-Mache Press), China Beats (Egress Studio Press), and, most recently, The Grand Piano Range (Black Heron Press). She has taught at colleges in the U.S., China, Mexico, and--as Fulbright professor--Tunisia and Cote d'Ivoire. Her writing has received awards from Artist Trust and the Seattle, King County and Washington State arts commissions.
Emcee: Michael Schein
Tod Marshall (November 2, 2016)
Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices (2005). These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection of poetry, The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. His most recent collection, Bugle, was published by Canarium in 2014 and was the 2015 winner of the Washington State Book Award. In 2015, he was awarded the Humanities Washington Award for creativity and service. He lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches creative writing and literature at Gonzaga University where he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities. From 2016-18, he will serve as Washington's Poet Laureate.
Sponsored by Arts WA and Humanities Washington, the poet laureate builds awareness and appreciation of poetry throughout the state.
Ann Tweedy (October 5, 2016)
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Ann Tweedy’s first full-length book, The Body’s Alphabet, was published by Headmistress Press in August 2016. She also has published two chapbooks: Beleaguered Oases (tcCreativePress 2010) and White Out (Green Fuse Press 2013). Her poetry has appeared in Clackamas Literary Review, Rattle, damselfly press, Lavender Review, literary mama, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, and elsewhere. Ann is currently a student in Hamline University’s Master of Fine Arts Program. Originally from Southeastern Massachusetts, she has lived in many places on the West Coast and in the Midwest and now makes her home in Washington State. In addition to writing poetry and essays, she is also a law professor and a practicing attorney who represents Indian Tribes.
Shane Guthrie (September 7, 2016)
Shane Guthrie currently lives in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley in the town of Duvall, WA. He says: "I’ve been writing poetry since 1993 and don’t seem to be able to stop. As far as accomplishments go, I'm please to have been included in the King County 'poetry on buses' 2015. My other hobbies include hiking, playing board games, gardening, and acrylic painting."
Michael Schmeltzer (Aug. 3, 2016)
Michael Schmeltzer is the author of Elegy/Elk River, winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, and Blood Song, his full-length debut from Two Sylvias Press. He earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His honors include numerous Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominations, the Gulf Stream Award for Poetry, and the Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in various journals such as Black Warrior Review, Rattle, PANK, and Mid-American Review,among others.
Quinton Hallett (July 6, 2016)
Quinton Hallett, east coaster happily transplanted to Noti, has three chapbooks and founded Fern Rock Falls Press in 2004. Recent poems appear in Cirque, Turn, The Knotted Bond, and december. Quinton coordinated a reading series and high school poet visits for the Oregon Poetry Association. Her first full-length collection, Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast, was published by Uttered Chaos.
Jim Bertolino & Anita K. Boyle (June 1, 2016)
James Bertolino taught literature and creative writing for 36 years, and retired following a position as Writer-in-Residence at Oregon’s Willamette University in 2006. His 11th volume of poetry, Every Wound Has A Rhythm, was published by World Enough Writers in 2012, and Ravenous Bliss: New & Selected Love Poems, was published by MoonPath Press in 2014. Five of his books have issued from presses associated with Princeton University, Cornell University, Brown University and Carnegie-Mellon University, and he has received several national awards—including a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship as an undergraduate, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Quarterly Review of Literature Book Awards. He lives on five acres near Bellingham, Washington.
Anita K. Boyle is an artist, poet, and publisher of Washington State poets. Her poems have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Indiana Review, The Raven Chronicles, StringTown, Clover and Cranky, and others. Her books include What the Alder Told Me, published by MoonPath Press in 2011, and The Drenched: A Creation Myth for the Pacific Northwest, Egress Studio Press, 2014, and Bamboo Equals Loon. She enjoys making assemblages, books, and paper as a way to visually “speak" about the landscape and our environment.
Emcee: Michael Schein
Shankar Narayan (May 4, 2016)
Shankar Narayan’s writing explores identity in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and he is a 2016 Kundiman Fellow. Shankar works for social justice and builds community in Seattle, where he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, and where his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.
Eileen McCabe (April 6, 2016)
Eileen McCabe, while a native of the Boston area, lived in Utah for 20 years, and has been in Washington almost 2 years. She is the mother of 2 children with whom she has collaborated on art and poetry projects. After an abbreviated career as a theatrical costume designer, she settled into the 9-5 life as a software engineer to keep body and soul together while writing, collaging and pursuing avant-garde costume projects. While she has written essays for years, she only began writing poetry about 13 years ago.
Eileen has self-published 3 chapbooks. She was published in “Utah Voices," as part of the “Nine Muses” poetry/art project, and the “Poetry on Canvas” poetry/art project. She was a member of the Utah State Poetry Society, and placed in national competitions. Most recently, she took first place in the Iron Pen poetry category at the 2011 Utah Arts Festival. She is a regular at the Everett Poetry Night at Café Zippy.
Jessica Gigot (March 2, 2016)
Jessica Gigot, Ph.D., M.F.A, is a poet, farmer, teacher and musician. Her small farm in Bow, WA –Harmony Fields – grows herbs, lamb and produce. She offers educational and art workshops through her Art in the Barn series, and has an academic background in horticulture and plant pathology. Jessica has lived in the Skagit Valley for over ten years and is deeply connected to the artistic and agricultural communities that coexist in the region. Her first collection of poems, Flood Patterns, was published by Antrim House Books in November 2015 and her writing has been published in the Floating Bridge Press Review and Poetry Northwest.
Brandon Pitts (February 3, 2016)
Seattle area-based Canadian poet Brandon Pitts is the author of the poetry collection, Tender in the Age of Fury (2015 Mosaic Press). Pitts first came onto the Toronto lit scene in 2010 with the short story “The BC Crib,” published in the anthology Canadian Voices Volume II. In 2011, he was inducted into the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an “Emerging Voice” for fiction. He followed this with his novel Puzzle of Murders (2011) and then a poetry collection Pressure to Sing (2012) and the production of three plays. He is now based in Everett, Washington and is a prominent figure in the city’s poetry scene.
Natasha Moni (January 6, 2016)
Natasha Kochicheril Moni, a first-generation American born to native Dutch and Indian parents, grew up in the Witchduck area of Virginia Beach, VA. She has no doubt, given her studies of naturopathic medicine, that she would have been pitched in the Lynnhaven inlet years ago or maybe even now, considering the South.
Her first full-length poetry collection, The Cardiologist's Daughter, was released by Two Sylvias Press in late 2014. Her writing has appeared in over fifty journals including: Luna Luna, Magma Poetry, [PANK], Rattle, Hobart, Verse, and DIAGRAM.
Debby Bacharach (December 2, 2015)
Debby Bacharach is the author of After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015). Her poems and essays have been published in journals nationally and internationally including The Antigonish Review, Arts & Letters, Calyx, Cimarron Review, New Letters and Poet Lore; been anthologized in A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-Five Years of Women's Poetry; and nominated for a Pushcart prize. She has been the featured reader at poetry readings in Boston, Seattle, South Bend, and Minneapolis. She is currently a poetry reader for The American Journal of Nursing.
Educated at Swarthmore College and the University of Minnesota, Debby lives in Seattle with her family. She is a college writing instructor, editor, and tutor and teaches poetry workshops for children. Find out more about her at DeborahBacharach.com.
November 4, 2015: wren thompson-wynn
wren thompson-wynn is a poet, teacher, and artist who lives in Washington with her poetess-wife, their dog-cat Strega No-no, and four oddly unique fish. She and her wife have five amazing kids. Many of wren's original paintings are in private collections as well as businesses in Texas and have been included in a gallery show in Dallas. Her small-print art chapbook, Chrysalis, combines her poetry with her art. She is currently working on her Master's and first full-length manuscript.
Terry Martin (October 7, 2015)
Terry Martin earned a B.A. from Western Washington University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. An English Professor at Central Washington University, she is the recipient of CWU's Distinguished Professor Teaching Award and the CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year Award. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in hundreds of publications and she has edited books, journals and anthologies. Her first book of poems, Wishboats, won the Judges' Choice Award at Seattle's Bumbershoot Book Fair in 2000; her second book, The Secret Language of Women, was published in 2006. Her new book of poems, The Light You Find, was published by Blue Begonia Press in September, 2014. She lives with her family in Yakima, Washington.
Chris Jarmick (Sept. 2, 2015)
Christopher J. Jarmick is a writer/poet who has curated and hosted regularly scheduled poetry nights, and special events in the Puget Sound area since 2001. His newest collection of poetry Not Aloud is due out by September 2015 from Moon Path Press. His last collection: IGNITION: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares was published in 2010. His frequently updated blog is PoetryIsEverything (google it as one word). His first poem was published when he was 12, he cowrote the novel The Glass Cocoon (2001), wrote the award winning one act play: Clash of Cultures, published articles, poetry and interviews in a variety of print magazines, newspapers and literary journals (including Los Angeles Magazine, Seattle Weekly, Poetry Quarterly, Real Change, Raven Chronicles, Chrysanthemum, Cambridge Book Review, Military Times, South District Journal and many others) and in several anthologies: Poeming Pigeons (2015 - Poetry Box), Many Trails to the Summit (2010 - Rose Alley Press), Jump Start (2009-steel toe books), Between Sleeps (2006 - en theos Press), and others. He has also published numerous articles, book and film reviews, interviews and his online film reviews have more than 3 million views.
Currently his short poem Dear Poem Owner is riding two King County Rapid Ride buses and the bus stop at 3rd and Bell in downtown Seattle features his poem along with a larger-than-life-size picture. After co-writing and working on several screenplays in Los Angeles he worked in several capacities including editor, producer, writer and director at PBS, Paramount and Fox contributing to award winning documentaries and television shows and creating segments for programs like Hard Copy and Entertainment Tonight. Born on the east coast, he moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and in 1994 he re-located to Seattle, co-produced a radio talk show and then became a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley (later Waddell and Reed). He has been married to Teresa since 2010 and their blended families includes 8 children and one grandchild.
Duane Kirby Jensen (August 5, 2015)
Duane Kirby Jensen is a painter and poet from Everett, WA. As a child in Stanwood, WA, he was inspired by watching his grandmother and grandaunt paint scenes of their community. His art has appeared on numerous book, CD, and magazine covers, plus each of his own chapbooks. As a poet, Duane has read throughout the Northwest since 1990 and has been published in over twelve chapbooks and dozens of other publications. The underlying theme of his work evokes those places which linger beneath the surface, underscoring the narrative of being, the fragility of identity, the gravity of emotion, and the ease in which it can be lost. He explores social injustice, documenting the plight of the few. He attempts to give a voice, visually and poetically, to the dead, and the need for accountability. As a counterbalance to what people might term “his dark poems,” Duane also pens poems that are playful and extremely sexy—poems that touch the heart by bringing memories to life. His work often combines a sense of “magical realism” and what he refers to as “emotional realism.” Since September 2013, Duane has hosted Everett Poetry Nite, which meets every Thursday night. Duane received the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Excellence & Contribution to Everett’s Cultural Vitality. See https://www.facebook.com/duanekirbyjensen.
Nancy Pagh (July 1, 2015)
Nancy Pagh has authored two award-winning collections of poetry (No Sweeter Fat and After) and has a book about creative writing (Write Moves) coming from Broadview Press next year. Her poems appear most recently in Pif Magazine, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Canadian Literature, Conversations across Borders, and A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. She took second prize (of 4,484 entries) in the 2014 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest and recently judged the Concrete Wolf chapbook competition. She teaches at Western Washington University in Bellingham. More at nancypagh.com.
Risa Denenberg (June 3, 2015)
Risa Denenberg lives a quiet life on the Olympic peninsula. She has worked in the cracks of healthcare for four decades in HIV/AIDS care, end-of-life care, and currently, in chronic pain management. She is a volunteer for Compassion and Choices, an advocacy group that assists people who wish to use the Washington State Death with Dignity law. Her poetry often reveals an intimate portrait of aging, suffering and death.
Risa is a moderator at The Gazebo, an online poetry board; reviews poetry for the American Journal of Nursing; and is a co-founder of Headmistress Press, an independent publisher of poetry by lesbians. Risa’s poems have appeared in print and online journals over many years. Recent publications include three chapbooks: what we owe each other & In My Exam Room (The Lives You Touch Publications, 2013 and 2014); and blinded by clouds (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2014); and a full length book, Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press, 2013).
May 6, 2015: Raúl Sánchez
Raúl Sánchez, a Seattle Bio-Tech technician, eschatologist, colletic, prosody enthusiast, hamartiologist, translator, DJ and cook who conducts workshops on The Day of the Dead in Tieton WA. Featured in the program for the 2011 Burning Word Poetry Festival in Leavenworth WA. Board member of the Washington Poets Association, Los Norteños writers group and recently a moderator for the Poets Responding to SB 1070 Facebook page. His work appeared in the second Anthology by The Miracle Theatre Viva la Word!, in several Latino Newspapers, on the Latino Northwest Magazine, Latino Cultural Magazine, on bookmarks by the Seattle Public Library 2007 Poetic Art Project. Also in the 2008 Floating Bridge Review Volume 1. His work has appeared on-line in the Sylvan Echo, Flurry, Gazoobitales, Pirene's Fountain and several times in the La Bloga. His most recent work is the translation of John Burgess' "Graffito" released by Ravenna Press. Also he appears in the Occupy San Francisco Anthology by Jambu Press, in the Anthology Speaking Desde las Heridas (Publisher: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico).
Michael Dylan Welch (April 1, 2015)
Michael Dylan Welch is poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, a longtime officer of the Haiku Society of America, founder and chief bottle washer for National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo.com), director of the annual Seabeck Haiku Getaway for the Haiku Northwest group, and curator for SoulFood Poetry Night, the Redmond Association of Spokenword, and poetry readings for Eastside Writes. He is also a cofounder and director of the Haiku North America conference, cofounder of the American Haiku Archives, and founder of the Tanka Society of America. He has published his poems, essays, and reviews in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including three Norton anthologies, in at least twenty languages, and he has won first prize in or judged dozens of poetry contests. He's a judge for the Writer's Digest Poem-a-Day challenge in April 2015, and recently judged contests for the North Carolina Poetry Society and RaedLeaf Poetry India. A poem translated from Japanese with Emiko Miyashita, from one of their numerous art books published by PIE Books in Tokyo, appeared on the back of 150,000,000 U.S. postage stamps in 2012. Michael's latest book is True Colour, a collection of linked haiku in the rengay form, published in December of 2014. His personal website is www.graceguts.com, devoted mostly to poetry. He's directing the free Poets in the Park festival in Redmond on June 20, 2015, and invites all poets to attend.
Matthew Brouwer (March 4, 2015)
Matthew Brouwer is a performance poet and teaching artist residing in Bellingham, WA. His work bridges the worlds of spoken word and literary poetry to create a style that can be both evocative and subtle, enlivening and profound. He has performed throughout the west and been featured in regional literary, performance, and visual arts showcases such as Cirque,Phrasings, and Strands. Matthew leads workshops and retreats for teens and adults, coordinates the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project, and has facilitated Kintsugi: a writing circle for people suffering chronic medical conditions. He is the author of five poetry chapbooks: Cannonball Island, Men Who Walk with Canes, and The Gospel According to Matthew (Parts I, II & III). Matthew Brouwer's website is matthewbrouwerpoet.com.
Talena Lachelle Queen (February 4, 2015)
The poet, Talena Lachelle Queen, earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. She specializes in poetry that infuses music. She began her creative writing practice at five years old. She majored in Creative Writing at Rosa Parks School of Performing Arts in Paterson, New Jersey and she teaches writing at a variety of elementary schools and for nonprofit organizations.
Kate Brougham (January 7, 2015)
Kate has resided in the Snoqualmie Valley for 43 years, teaching in the local school district for 31 years. Her time in the valley and its schools has given her a lot to contemplate, as well as plenty of poetic material. Sadly, many of Kate's poetry journals were lost over the years. Nonetheless, Kate's writing continued to be profoundly inspired by her work with young children. She wrote poems with her students, enjoying their joy in words. Bringing kids to literature through good books with fantastic art and poetry ignited Kate's own creativity. Now that Kate is retired, she has time for words again. Kate wishes to thank Duvall Poetry for spurring her to write.
Priscilla Long (Dec. 3, 2014)
PRISCILLA LONG is a Seattle-based author and teacher of writing. Her book of poems,Crossing Over, is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press. Her other books are The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life andWhere the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry. Her shorter works include science, poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, and her column, Science Frictions, appeared on the website of The American Scholar for 92 weeks (2011-2013). Her work has appeared in The Tampa Review, The Gettysburg Review, Women's Review of Books, Post Road, Raven Chronicles, Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, Web Conjunctions, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Passages North, Bosque, and elsewhere. Her awards include a National Magazine Award, and she has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw Productions. Her MFA is from the University of Washington. She serves as Founding and Consulting Editor ofwww.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. For more information please visit www.PriscillaLong.com and PriscillaLong.org.
Holly Hughes (Nov. 5, 2014)
HOLLY J. HUGHES is author of Sailing by Ravens (University of Alaska Press, 2014), co-author of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Press, 2012), editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press, and author of the chapbook Boxing the Compass (Floating Bridge Press, 2007).
A graduate of the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program and a recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship, her poems and essays have appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines. In addition to teaching writing at Edmonds Community College for more than 25 years, she has also taught writing workshops at Edmonds Write on the Sound, Fishtrap, the North Cascades Institute, Field’s End, and LitFuse, among others. She has spent over thirty summers working on the water in Alaska in a variety of roles, including commercial fishing for salmon, skippering a 65-foot schooner, and most recently, working as a naturalist on ships.
Donald Kentop (September 3, 2014)
DONALD KENTOP graduated from NYU and Columbia. After retirement, he began writing poetry, completed the Writers Program at The University of Washington, and has appeared at numerous area venues. He was a Jack Straw writer for 2004, and a 2005 Seattle Poet Populist finalist. Don’s far ranging poetry has appeared in Mute Note Earthward, Tattoos On Cedar, 2004 Jack Straw Anthology, Chrysanthemum, and Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Ridge. He has served on the board of the Washington Poets Association, was a Poet Populist finalist in 2005. In 2004, Rose Alley Press published his chapbook, On Paper Wings.
He is currently preparing to publish a documentary in verse about the Triangle Factory fire of 1911.
University of Washington-Bothell MFA Students (August 6, 2014)
UW Bothell MFA students Michael Paschall, Billy Phillips, and Talena Lachelle Queen will lead us on exciting poetic adventures!
MICHAEL PASCHALL studied film as an undergraduate, focused on screenwriting. "I very much believe in the sanctity of poetry, in the spiritual under-current of the human being that gives life and vitality to art; for me writing is an intimate experience--a secret space for me to create--I want to write good, in the same way that I want to live good. I am a waiter, and I write in the mornings. I read a lot of children’s fantasy, magical realism and the like--
BILLY PHILLIPS is an artist and philosopher. He writes poetry, short stories, novellas and plays. He also uses charcoal and ink to do black and white drawings that sometimes feature along with his written work. He has recently received his MFA from UW Bothell, in Creative Writing and Poetics. His works alternate between the priorities of imagination and extreme creativity on the one hand, and ethics and anarcho-syndicalism on the other.
The poet, TALENA LACHELLE QUEEN, earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. She specializes in poetry that infuses music. She began her creative writing practice at five years old. She majored in Creative Writing at Rosa Parks School of Performing Arts in Paterson, New Jersey and she teaches writing at a variety of elementary schools and for nonprofit organizations.
Dennis Caswell (July 2, 2014)
DENNIS CASWELL is the author of the full-length poetry collection Phlogiston, published by Floating Bridge Press in 2012. His work has appeared in Raven Chronicles, Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, and assorted other journals and anthologies. He was awarded a residency in the Jack Straw Writers Program in 2013 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives outside Woodinville and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry.
Whidbey Island MFA Students (June 4, 2014)
Featured poets for June include Whidbey Island MFA students Stephanie Hammer, Marie Hartung, Leonie Mikele, and Samantha Claire Updegrave, with a special encore reading by Carolyne Wright.
Stephanie Barbé Hammer writes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, Pearl, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She is 4-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and her new poetry collection How Formal? is available from Spout Hill Press.
Marie Hartung writes from her living room recliner in the small-ish town of Monroe, WA. She’s almost finished completing a double-concentration in Poetry and Nonfiction in the Whidbey Island Writers’ Workshop MFA program and works as a Realtor. Her poetry and nonfiction work has appeared in Soundings Review, Third Wednesday, Cordite Review, Perceptions Literary Magazine, River Poets Journal, Raven Chronicles and in the anthology The Burden of Light. She was named a 2014 finalist for the Writers at Work Fellowship, 2014 finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose and a recipient of a fellowship scholarship award for the Summer Literary Series in Kenya. Her poem, “Our Parejo,” is the next to be published in the Spring edition of Poetry Quarterly.
Leonie Mikele is an MFA candidate at Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and lives in Seattle. David Wagoner, Carolyne Wright and other NW poets have been great inspirations to her. She's working on a theater piece centered on a New Orleans family in 1830.
Samantha Claire Updegrave is a writer, poet, and urban planner. Her recent work has appeared in Literary Mama, Bacopa Literary Review, the Shambhala Sun blog SunSpaces, and Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog. She is an MFA candidate at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and lives in Seattle, Washington, with her partner and young son.
Carolyne Wright serves on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program. Among other things, she is a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, for which she is co-editing the anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Fall 2014). Her alter-ego Eulene does all the other work.
Jennifer Bullis (May 7, 2014)
JENNIFER BULLIS grew up in Reno, Nevada, earned a Ph.D. in English at University of California-Davis, and taught at Whatcom Community College for fourteen years. Her poems appear in Iron Horse Literary Review, Natural Bridge, Conversations Across Borders, Cascadia Review, The Comstock Review, Clover: A Literary Rag, and Floating Bridge Review/Pontoon. Her first collection of poems, Impossible Lessons, was published by MoonPath Press in 2013. These poems engage “leaf and stem and longing,” explore “seasons of loss,” and trace the “long kindnesses” of family. Her next collection, a manuscript of persona poems with the working title Amanda Bubble and the Wild-Caught Gods, is currently in search of a publisher. She continues to live in Bellingham with her husband, son, and horse. She blogs about poetry, mythology, and hiking at www.jenniferbullis.com.
Alice Derry (April 2, 2014)
Tremolo is Alice Derry’s fourth full collection of poetry. It was released by Red Hen Press on September 1, 2012. Tess Gallagher writes of the book: “Tremolo is a tour de force of vibratory power that marks Alice Derry as having come into her own as one of our very best poets.” As manuscript, Tremolo was awarded a Washington State GAP grant from Artist Trust in 2011.
Strangers to Their Courage (Louisiana State University Press, 2001), was a finalist for the 2002 Washington Book Award. Li-Young Lee writes of Strangers: “This book . . . asks us to surrender our simplistic ideas about race and prejudice, memory and forgetfulness, and begin to uncover a new paradigm for ‘human.’”Stages of Twilight (Breitenbush, 1986), won the King County Publication Award, chosen by Raymond Carver. Clearwater appeared from Blue Begonia Press in 1997. Derry has three chapbooks: Getting Used to the Body(Sagittarius Press, 1989), Not As You Once Imagined (Trask House, 1993), and translations from the German poet Rainer Rilke (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2002).
Derry’s M.F.A. is from Goddard College (now Warren Wilson). After twenty-nine years teaching English and German at Peninsula College in Port Angeles on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, she retired in June, 2009. She was a major force in conceiving and directing the college’s Foothills Writers’ Series from 1980 to 2009. With Tess Gallagher and others, Derry organized the 75th Raymond Carver Birthday Celebration and delivered the keynote address. Derry was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Washington and Montana.
More at www.alicederry.com.
Su Smallen (March 5, 2014)
Su Smallen is the author of three collections of poetry: Buddha, Proof,a Minnesota Book Award Finalist,Weight of Light, nominated for the Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, and Wild Hush. Su’s honors include receiving the Jane Kenyon Prize and serving as Poet in Residence for the Science Museum of Minnesota’s St. Croix Watershed Research Station. She was a founding member of the Laurel Poetry Collective, publishing books and broadsides for ten years. Formerly a professional choreographer and dancer, Su and her poetry were featured in the documentary dance film Klatch.Currently, she is an editor at the University of Minnesota Law School Institute on Crime and Public Policy and director of the writing center at St. Olaf College. www.susmallen.com.
Carolyne Wright (February 5, 2014)
CAROLYNE WRIGHT has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning Point, 2011), featuring the postmodern alter-ego, Eulene. Previous books include A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2006), nominated for the LA Times Book Awards and winner of the IPPY Bronze Award; and Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Carnegie Mellon U Press/EWU Books, 2nd ed. 2005), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award.A poem of hers appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Wright is a Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes; and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, for which she is co-editing an anthology of poems on women and work, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (forthcoming 2014).
In 2005 Carolyne returned to her native Seattle, where she is on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts' Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program. She received a 4Culture Art Projects award for 2013, for a sequence of poems, "Mother-of-Pearl Women," which will form part of her volume in progress of new and selected poems, This Dream the World. This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.
RASP Anthology Poets (Jan. 8, 2014)
RASP is the Redmond Association of Spokenword, which published an anthology in August 2013. The anthology, titled Here, There, and Everywhere, collects 120 poems by 70 poets who have participated in RASP's monthly reading series as featured or open-mic readers. Editor Michael Dylan Welch has been curator for RASP readings since 2008. For more information about the anthology, see http://raspread.com/poetryanthology.html.
Kathleen Flenniken (December 4, 2013)
KATHLEEN FLENNIKEN is the Washington State Poet Laureate. Her books are Plume, a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site and a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Famous, named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Kathleen’s other awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust. She teaches writing through arts agencies like Writers in the Schools and Jack Straw, and publishes Washington State Poets as an editor at Floating Bridge Press and through her Poet Laureate blog, The Far Field. Kathleen is working to bring poetry and poets to all 39 counties before her two-year appointment ends in February 2014. Kathleen's website is www.kathleenflenniken.com.
Marci Ameluxen (November 6, 2013)
MARCI AMELUXEN was born, raised and still lives in Washington State and for most of her life has lived on islands. When not taming her garden or writing poetry she works as a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and currently lives on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound with her husband and two children. Ameluxen is the author of “Lean House”, a chapbook published in 2013 by MoonPath Press of Kingston, Washington. Her poems have appeared in The Crab Creek Review, Rose Red Review, The Comstock Review, Waccamaw, The Madison Review, The Compass Rose, The Dirty Napkin, and Hospital Drive, among others. “What informs my poetry is simplicity and intensity of experience, emotion, detail and a stark, clean line. I like to see white space on the page,” says Ameluxen. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science which convinced her never to run for elected office.
Paul Nelson (October 1, 2013)
PAUL NELSON is founder of SPLAB in Seattle, a spokenword performance, resource and outreach project and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays, Organic Poetry and a serial poem reenacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger). He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Brenda Hillman, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, George Stanley & many Cascadia poets, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Baltimore, Chicago, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
Janée J. Baugher (September 4, 2013)
JANÉE J. BAUGHER is author of two collections of poetry, The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach, 2013) and Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books, 2010). Her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have been published in Boulevard, Nano Fiction, Verse Daily, and Portland Review, among other places. Baugher’s collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, and choreographers. Over the years she has had roughly a dozen poems adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan), Dance Now! Ensemble (Florida), and elsewhere. As an essayist, Baugher was awarded a 2012 fellowship at the Island Institute of Sitka (Alaska). Baugher’s performance venues include Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival and the Library of Congress. She teaches at University of Phoenix-Western Washington Campus, as well as Centrum Writers’ Conference. Visit: JaneeJBaugher.wordpress.com.
Roy R Seitz (August 7, 2013)
ROY R SEITZ is a poet with no initials behind his name. Catches reads now and then. Has been known to drive the meek insane and the humble to to do whatever the
humble do when driven insane.
Hearing his work is mandatory in his mind.
Christopher J. Jarmick (June 5, 2013)
CHRISTOPHER J. JARMICK'S poems have appeared in Seattle Weekly, Cambridge Book Review, Real Change, Pedestal, South District Journal, WebdelSol and other newspapers, literary journals and magazines. Essays, Reviews and Interviews he’s written have been in Rattle, Rain Taxi, Raven Chronicles, Reader, Brutarian,Los Angeles Times, World of Entertainment, Military Times and elsewhere. His latest collection of poetry is Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares (2010), and the limited edition CD: Radio Mysteries: Aural Anxieties (produced by Kevin Gershan and featuring Los Angeles poet Michael C. Ford;) was released in 2009. He curates and hosts several poetry readings throughout the Northwest including the regularly scheduled monthly reading at Park Place Books in Kirkland, Washington. His blog is called Poetry is Everything (Google it). Chris was born on the East Coast, moved to Los Angeles and for nearly 20 years wrote screenplays and did script doctor work for several films. He also worked on/produced award winning PBS documentaries, segments for programs like Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy and others. He re-located to the Seattle area in 1994, continued writing, and became a financial advisor working at Morgan Stanley, then Waddell and Reed). He has 3 daughters, and five step-children and is married to Teresa. He can be contacted at: email@example.com.
Robert Moss (May 8, 2013)
ROBERT MOSS is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern dreamwork and shamanism. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a best-selling novelist, poet, historian and independent scholar. His nine books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, The Three "Only" Things, The Secret History of Dreaming, Dreamgates, Active Dreaming and Dreaming the Soul Back Home. His collection, Here, Everything Is Dreaming: Poems and Stories, is published by Exclesior/State University of New York Press (April, 2013). His website is www.mossdreams.com.
Peter Ludwin (April 3, 2013)
PETER LUDWIN is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust. He was the Second Prize Winner of the 2007-2008 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards, and a Finalist for the Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award. For the past eleven years he has been a participant in the San Miguel Poetry Week in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he has workshopped under such noted poets as Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland and Robert Wrigley. His work has appeared in many journals, including The Bitter Oleander, The Com-stock Review, Nimrod, North American Review and Prairie Schooner, to name a few. His first full length collection,A Guest in All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker Press. He lives in Kent, Washington, between Seattle and Tacoma.
Jeannine Hall Gailey (March 6, 2013)
JEANNINE HALL GAILEY is the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and the author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011,) an Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist for 2012. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches part-time at the MFA program at National University. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.
Michael Schein (February 6, 2013)
MICHAEL SCHEIN is an author, attorney, historian, lively speaker, and former professor of American Legal History. Find out more at www.michaelschein.com.
Graham Isaac (December 5, 2012)
GRAHAM ISAAC is a writer and performer who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Masters in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Wales Swansea, where he co-founded The Crunch, South Wales' largest recurring spoken word open mic. He now lives in Seattle, where he hosts Works In Progress, Richard Hugo House's monthly open mic for writing of all kinds. His work has appeared in Hoarse, Licton Springs Review and various other places. He is allergic to cats.
Shane Guthrie (November 7, 2012)
SHANE GUTHRIE is one of the original poets of Duvall open mics. He has performed in readings at the old Pumps & Grinds Coffeehouse as part of Katherine Grace Bond’s writing cooperative Inducers of Insanity, the name of which Shane dreamed up. Shane’s work can be funny, ironic or devastating--and you never see it coming. His insights into human nature surprise and enlighten, just when you thought you were simply being entertained. Shane currently lives in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley in the town of Duvall, WA. He's been writing poetry since 1993 and doesn’t seem able to stop. His other hobbies include hiking, playing board games, gardening and acrylic painting.
Ana Kobayashi (October 3, 2012)
ANA KOBAYASHI was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up playing with slugs, hiding in the rhododendrons, and reading vast stacks of science fiction. She studied Zoology, and then Public Health at University of Washington, and works in clinical research at Seattle Children's. Ana has read her work at local events, house parties, and concerts. She lives in Seattle with her husband, and spends time hatching poems, dancing, and making paper artworks as much as she can.
Laura Lee Bennett (September 5, 2012)
LAURA LEE BENNETT received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, with an emphasis on Short Fiction. She is a past president of the board of directors of Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP), in Redmond, Washington. Laura Lee is currently serving a second term as a board member. In addition to writing poems and short stories, Laura Lee has contributed arts reviews to Rewrite, the monthly newsletter for Richard Hugo House, and Artdish Magazine, a Northwest forum on visual art. To support her writing habit, Laura Lee edits software manuals and non-fiction/memoir. She also volunteers for a local shelter, Purrfect Pals (www.purrfectpals.org), and other animal welfare organizations.
Julene Tripp Weaver (August 1, 2012)
JULENE TRIPP WEAVER has a private counseling practice in Seattle. Her book, No Father Can Save Her, was published by Plain View Press. Her chapbook, An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues, is writing from her work through the heart of the AIDS epidemic. Her poems are published in many journals, a few include Qarrtsiluni, Pilgrimage, Outward Link, Blossombones, Drash, Menacing Hedge, Gutter Eloquence, and Future Earth Magazine; most recently is published in the anthology, Wait A Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra. She does wordplay on Twitter @trippweavepoet and has a website: www.julenetrippweaver.com.
Denis Streeter (June 6, 2012)
DENIS STREETER reads frequently in Seattle area venues and words are his playground. He delights in discoveries, the depth of truth and heartache. He has published one collection of poetry and is currently working on a second collection. When not writing poetry, Denis is dancing. He is a member of the Eclectic Cloggers, a traditional Appalachian clog dancing team.
Julia McCotter (May 2, 2012)
JULIA MCCOTTER was born in Beaverton, OR in 1995. She has lived in Seattle for three years and attends Nathan Hale High School and North Seattle Community College. She has been writing for her entire life with increasing enthusiasm and is currently compiling work to create a chapbook.
Quill & Pen Poets Jane Alynn and Lisa Wible (April 4, 2012)
JANE ALYNN is a poet, essayist, and fine art photographer. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has lived many places, including New York City, Okinawa, and San Diego, before returning to her beloved Northwest, making Seattle her home. During the decades she spent as a psychotherapist, she also led “Creative Vision” workshops for photographers in Seattle, in Canada, and in the Southwest. After retiring from her therapy practice, she moved to Anacortes, Washington, and earned an MFA in creative writing from Antioch Los Angeles. These days you can find her happily committed to writing, making photographs, traveling at the tug of wanderlust, and teaching workshops. Alynn is the author of Necessity of Flight (Cherry Grove, 2011) and a chapbook, Threads & Dust (Finishing Line Press, 2005). She has been the recipient of a William Stafford Award from Washington Poets Association (2004), and her poems have appeared in numerous journals, such as Calyx, Floating Bridge Review, The Pacific Review, Quercus Review, Manorborn Snowy Egret, StringTown, and Switched-on Gutenberg, as well as in many anthologies.
LISA WIBLE was born in New Delhi, India and raised in Washington, D.C. Her creative life has revolved around the twin interests of poetry and film. Poetry has been the more private expression; film the more public, with documentary, short film and television work appearing across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Currently, she is directing a short film based on Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem “Populist Manifesto.” Lisa has served as the editor of the Bay Area Poet’s Coalition publication, Poetalk, and has been included as a featured poet in a variety of anthologies and readings around the Pacific Northwest. People who know her work best tend to call it “funny and tragic.” She’s hoping to minimize the tragedy.
Ramsey Jester (March 7, 2012)
RAMSEY JESTER is an aspiring performance poet. He dedicates most of his time to studying the art of being human. When he’s not caught in the beauty of everything he is out trying to make an impact in his community by performing open heart surgery on him-self in front of anybody willing to witness. He is the founder of The Spoken Word Room, a poetry program at his high school (Nathan Hale). The club has played host to over fifty of some of Seattle’s best young artists. Personal accomplishments are made up of over twenty three scheduled performances; these include everything from opening for the mayor at Town Hall meetings to performing at Bumbershoot. He has been lucky enough to share the stage with most of his heroes, Karen Finneyfrock, Tara Hardy, and Buddy Wakefield to name a few. Ramsey was also named the 2011-2012 youth writer-in-residence at the Richard Hugo House. Ramsey has a long way to go but he hopes that this is where he and you meet.
Mark Waterbury (February 1, 2012)
DR. MARK WATERBURY is a materials scientist and engineer with extensive experience at a wide swath of science and technology fields, and at observing the behavior of people in powerful positions. When he is not writing books and developing and reviewing forensic identification technologies, Dr. Waterbury hikes in the Cascade mountains of Washington state, designs vertical gardening systems, invents renewable resources, and tries to prevent the conquest of Earth by extremists of all stripes.
Carolyne Wright and Robert McNamara (January 4, 2012)
CAROLYNE WRIGHT spent four years on Indo-U.S. Subcommission and Fulbright Senior Research fellowships in Kolkata and Dhaka, Bangladesh, collecting and translating the work of Bengali women poets and writers for a major anthology in progress. Wright has published nine award-winning books and chapbooks of her own poetry, and three other volumes of translation from Bengali and Spanish. Since moving back to her native Seattle in mid-2005, she is a member of the faculty for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts / Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program.
ROBERT MCNAMARA is the author of two collections of poetry, The Body and the Day (David Robert Books) and Second Messengers (Wesleyan UP). Originally from New York, and a graduate of Amherst College, Colorado State and the University of Washington, McNamara is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Writing Program at the University of Washington. He was also the founder and editor of L’Epervier Press, which in its 14 years of activity published 45 titles by more than 30 poets.
And many more, to be added soon!