Please join us for the release of beloved Seattle poet Crysta Casey’s long-anticipated third collection, Rules for Walking Out (Cave Moon Press 2017), the last manuscript Crysta completed and approved before her death at the Seattle VA in the spring of 2008. Guest readers include Phoebe Bosche, Kathleen Flenniken, Carol Guess, and Corrina Wycoff.
Crysta Casey (1952-2008) was born in Pasadena, California. In 1978, she enlisted in the all-new voluntary military, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as a journalist, then as a self-declared “Resident Poet” until her honorable discharge under medical conditions in 1980. Her first collection of poetry, Heart Clinic, was published in 1993 (Bellowing Ark Press). In 2004 she received a Hugo House Award from Richard Hugo House, and, in 2006, she was a finalist for Seattle Poet Populist. In 2010, Floating Bridge Press brought out a chapbook of her work, Green Cammie. Of Rules for Walking Out, Kathleen Flenniken says, “Any reader will recognize these reports from Marine Boot Camp, Camp Pendleton, the Psych Ward and the streets as authentic and heroically humane. I can attest that they are also unforgettable.”