June 6, 2018: WA 129 authors
Joining us in June:
Tod Marshall (Spokane) tentative
Joanna Thomas ( Ellensburg)
Penny Johnson (Ellensburg)
Ed Stover (Yakima)
Lynne Ellis (Seattle)
Mary Eliza Crane (Duvall)
Other featured poets to be announced.
Selected from thousands of submissions by Washington poets, WA129 boasts the overwhelming talent of its artists. Honoring Washington’s 129 years, this work features 129 notable authors, some published for the first time in this collection, currently living in Washington. Every author has a tie to Washington, whether born and raised in the state or those who have come to find a home here.
Each poem beautifully describes a deep felt connection to Washington through poems of cherished hometowns, Washington’s wonderous landscapes, racial divisions and cultures, experiences only found in this great state, and a variety of other topics. This is an expansive and memorable collection of voices.
Notable authors include Elizabeth Austen (Washington Poet Laureate 2014-2016), Sherman Alexie, Linda Bierds, Kathleen Flenniken (Washington Poet Laureate 2012-2014), Tess Gallagher, Samuel Green (Inaugural Washington Poet Laureate), Christopher Howell, Richard Kenney, Heather McHugh, Laura Read, Tom Robbins, Katrina Roberts, Derek Sheffield, Martha Silano, Nance Van Winckel, Katharine Whitcomb, and Maya Jewell Zeller.
The independent and poet-owned BookTree is the vendor for WA129 this evening.
Emcee: Mary Crane
((no meeting in July))
August 1, 2018: T. Clear
A founder of Floating Bridge Press, T. Clear’s poetry has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, most recently in Terrain.org, Scoundrel Time, UCity Review, Raven Chronicles, The Rise Up Review, and 56 Days of August/Poetry Postcards. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Award and Independent Best American Poetry Award. She is a lifelong resident of Seattle, and has the good fortune to spend her days inventing new color combinations to paint on sandblasted glass, allowing her to make her living as an artist.
September 5, 2018:
October 3, 2018: Emily Dietrich
Emily Dietrich writes novels and poetry. Searching for her own voice and encouraging others to find their own motivates her. Expressing and sharing emotion, hope, and comfort guide her content. Recent works are Holding True (Booktrope, 2013) The Angled Road, 2015, The Case of the Missing Mask and other Stories, (Puzzazz, 2012). Works in progress are: The Book of Forty, a novel; The Conjurer’s Almanaq, a puzzle book; and, constantly, poems. She has lived in Redmond for nineteen years.
November 7, 2018: Jared Leising
Jared Leising grew up in the Midwest, and is the author of a chapbook--
The Widows and Orphans of Winesburg, Ohio. Before moving to Seattle, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. In 2000, Jared began teaching English at Cascadia College, and continues to do so. This past year he’s also been teaching a creative writing class for women at the King County Jail.
December 5, 2018: Griffith H. Williams
Griffith H. Williams says: "Chapbooks and broadsides are the heart of my work. I learned to operate an antique printing press from my parents. It seemed natural, early on, to start printing my own poems with hand-carved linoleum block illustrations. The goal has been a chapbook a year, whenever possible. As of 2017, my current mark is twenty-three books over twenty-five years. Most often, my poems arise from formal verse structure and traditional bardic techniques. Topics celebrate history, nature, Wales, water, boats, children’s verse and more."
January 2, 2019: TBA
Watch this space!
February 6, 2019: Sibyl James
Sibyl James is the author of twelve 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), The Grand Piano Range (Black Heron Press) and, most recently, Hard Goods & Hot Platters (Last Word 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.