April 5, 2017: Jenessa Hope, Ginna Luck, and Kara Simon
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/.
Emcee: Wren Thompson-Wynn
May 3, 2017: Chi Chi Stewart, Elizabeth Carroll Hayden, and Laura Lee Bennett
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.
Emcee: Pamela Denchfield
June 7, 2017: Robert Lashley
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.