July 7, 2021: Katherine Grace Bond
Katherine Grace Bond wants to heal the rifts in our culture and in ourselves. She writes on writing, race, family, and relationships on Medium, and is at work on a YA fantasy involving time-travel, mental illness, and Manet. Her books include The Summer of No Regrets, about finding the meaning of life and death when the boy next door may be a movie star in hiding, and The Legend of the Valentine a children’s book about the civil rights movement, illustrated by the awesome Don Tate. Her poetry collections include Considering Flight, about the uneasy dance between parent and child on the razor’s edge of mental illness. Her work appears Peculiar Pilgrims: Stories from the Left Hand of God (Hourglass Books), Here, There, and Everywhere (Redmond Association of Spokenword), the Chrysanthemum 20-Year Anthology, and numerous journals. In 2017 and 2019, she traveled to France to attend a residency at Camac Centre d’Art, and to see if she could chase down Manet. When she emerges from her writing cave, later this year, she’ll get back to Labyrinth, her intensive academy for writers. In the meantime, feel free to join her for Write-Ins on Thursday afternoons. www.katherinegracebond.com (Oh! And when she’s not writing, she plays fiddle in an Irish band called The Scuppermonkeys.)
Emcee: Mary Crane
August 4, 2021: Ginna Luck
Ginna Luck's work can be read in Radar Poetry, Gone Lawn, decomP, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Bodega, Rust + Moth, Leveler Poetry, Up The Staircase Quarterly and others. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Ginna received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Her first full-length collection was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020: Everything Has Been Asking for Mercy. She currently lives, writes and teaches in the Seattle area.
September 1, 2021: Lyn Coffin
Lyn Coffin (b. 1943) is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, playwright, translator. Her novel, The Aftermath, was published by Adelaide Books in 2020. Her translations of the poems of Razhden Gvetadze (assisted by Z. Zurabashvili and N. Darbaiseli) will be published in 2021. More than 30 of her books have been published by Doubleday, Ithaca House, Abattoir Editions and others. Her poems have won many awards and been published in more than a hundred literary reviews and magazines. Her plays have also won awards and been performed in Singapore, Detroit, Boston, Off Off Broadway, Ann Arbor and Seattle. She was a recipient of a Michigan Council for the Arts grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities Award. She is looking for a publisher for her autobiographical novella, Tinder.
October 6, 2021: Joanna Thomas
JOANNA THOMAS is both poet and visual artist, residing in the small university town of Ellensburg, Washington. Her poems have appeared in the journals Found Poetry Review, petrichor, OTOLITHS, and Picture Sentence, as well as several anthologies, including WA129: Poets of Washington, selected by Tod Marshall; and her erasures, collages, and one-of-a-kind artist books have been exhibited in galleries across the nation. Her chapbooks include rabbit: an erasure poem (Dogtown Press 2018) and blue•bird (bloo-bird) (forthcoming, Milk & Cake Press 2021). She likes to read first drafts to the dog, and when he says no, no, no, you gotta sigh like a goose, honk like a duck, quack like a bunny, she revises. Find her at joannathomas.xyz and milkandcakepress.com.
November 3, 2021: Nan Robkin
Nan Robkin, who uses A.L.H. Robkin for her poetry nom, has led a long and varied life. As a Navy Junior, she travelled all over the U.S., and got as far west as Guam and China. She got to Europe, too, as a 38th birthday gift from her mother. Educated by degrees, she has been a stage lighting designer, a university instructor, a computer sales person, and a retail clerk in a rubber stamp store among other adventures. Since retiring, Nan has taught mixed media art at ArtWorks in Edmonds.
Nan began writing poetry late in life, at the age of 14. She has been published in a few literary journals which have since vanished, and recently has printed and bound her own chapbooks. Her topics range from the autobiographical to her sideways take on Greek myths, with a few verses about politics thrown in. She has read for Duvall Poetry several times in the last few years, and is delighted to be asked to present in November.
Emcee: Jeremy Robkin
December 1, 2021: Deborah Bacharach
Deborah Bacharach is the author of Shake & Tremor (Grayson Books, 2021) and After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015). Her poems have been published in journals such as Poetry Ireland Review, Sweet, The Carolina Quarterly, and The Southampton Review. She is an editor, teacher and tutor in Seattle. Find out more about her at DeborahBacharach.com.