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A Celebration of Gwen Head & Dragon Gate Press with Marlene Blessing, Sharon Bryan & Laura Jensen

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event is a celebration of Gwen Head and Dragon Gate Press, featuring readings by Marlene Blessing, Sharon Bryan, and Laura Jensen.


Marlene Blessing served as the senior editor at Dragon Gate Press during the final three years of its active operation in the 1980s. She considers that time the most formative creative period of her 35 years of work in publishing. More than that, Gwen Head was her late husband’s publisher, her benefactress, and a dear friend of
many years. She has published poetry, short stories, and essays, including in an anthology she curated entitled A Road of Her Own: Women’s Journeys in the West. She is also a past board member of Copper Canyon Press. Currently, she is at work on a historical novel set in the Pacific Northwest.


Sharon Bryan’s most recent books are Sharp Stars and Flying Blind. She received two NEA’s for her work, and a Governor’s Award and Artist Trust grant from the State of Washington. She is on the faculty of the Lesley low-residency MFA in Creative Writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Laura Jensen published chapbooks and three full-length books of poems in the 1970s and 1980s:  Bad Boats,  was from Ecco Press in New York City and Memory and Shelter from Dragon Gate in Seattle and Port Townsend. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lila Wallace – Readers’ Digest Fund. Her work appears on-line at her blog, Spice Drawer Mouse and at Salt River Review. Poems and an essay were in Salt River Review’s anthology, In Like Company. Since 2009 she has done some volunteer work at The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience at Pacific Lutheran University. She has degrees from 1972 and 1974 from University of Washington and University of Iowa. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.


February 6
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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