This reading is curated by Risa Denenberg and features MoonPath Press poets Ronda Piszk Broatch, Glenna Cook, Lorraine Ferra, Carol Levin, Alice Derry, Raul Sanchez, Rena Priest, Connie K Walle, and Chris Jarmick.
Poet and photographer, Ronda Piszk Broatch is the author of Lake of Fallen Constellations, (MoonPath Press, 2015), Shedding Our Skins, and Some Other Eden, (2005). Seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Ronda is the recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Grant, a May Swenson Poetry Award finalist, and former editor of Crab Creek Review. Her journal publications include Atlanta Review, Prairie Schooner, Fourteen Hills, Mid-American Review, and Sycamore Review.
Lorraine Ferra was a nun for seven years, majoring in theology and education and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. After leaving the convent, she pursued seminars in modern and contemporary poetry and creative writing under the directorship of Robert Mezey at the University of Utah. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, and some are collected in two chapbooks. Her creative writing book, A Crow Doesn’t Need A Shadow: A Guide To Writing Poetry From Nature (Peregrine Smith Books, 1994) has been endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of English. This year she became a MoonPath poet with the publication of Between Darkness & Trust. Ferra is a recipient of a Utah Arts Council Award in Poetry and a Westigan Poetry Award selected by John Haines. She has worked extensively as a poet-in-education with various state arts programs across the country and, since 2002, through the Skagit River Poetry Foundation in La Conner, WA. Lorraine and her spouse, Deborah Trent, have lived in Port Townsend for twenty-three years.
Risa Denenberg enjoys a quiet life on the Olympic peninsula where she works as a nurse practitioner. She reviews poetry for the American Journal of Nursing; is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press, publisher of LBT poetry; and volunteers with End of Life Washington. She has published three chapbooks and three full length collections of poetry, most recently “Whirlwind @ Lesbos” (Headmistress Press, 2016) and “slight faith” (MoonPath Press, 2018).
Alice Derry’s fifth volume of poetry, Hunger, appeared from MoonPath Press in 2018. Red Hen published Tremolo in 2012. In manuscript, Tremolo won a GAP grant from Washington’s Artist Trust. Strangers to their Courage (LSU, 2001) was a finalist for the Washington Book Award. Raymond Carver chose Derry’s first manuscript, Stages of Twilight, for the King County Arts Award. Derry has also published three chapbooks, including translations from Rainer Rilke. With Tess Gallagher and others, Derry organized the 2013 Raymond Carver 75th Birthday Celebration and gave the keynote address. In April, 2017, Derry was Peninsula College’s 17th Writer in Residence. Derry lives and works on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. website: www.alicederry.com
Carol Levin’s most recent collection is, “An Undercurrent of Jitters” (MoonPath Press.) She’s published two full volumes of poetry “Confident Music Would Fly Us to Paradise” (MoonPath Press, 2014) and “Stunned By the Velocity” (Pecan Grove Press, 2012) also chapbooks, “Red Rooms and Others,” (Pecan Grove Press 2009) and“Sea Lions Sing Scat,” (Finishing Line Press 2007). As a founding member and Literary Manager of the former, Art Theatre of Puget Sound, she, along with two Russians, translated Chekhov’s four major plays. Carol’s an Editorial Assistant at Crab Creek Review and teaches Alexander Technique in Seattle. www.the-breathing-lab.com
Rena Priest is a writer and performer. Her debut book, Patriarchy Blues, was released on MoonPath Press in 2017. She has recently been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School, and a writer in residence on Governor’s Island in New York City. Her new chapbook, Sublime Subliminal, is slated for publication on Floating Bridge Press in the Fall of 2018. She is a Lummi tribal member, and holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
Connie K Walle is a life-long Pacific Northwest resident of Tacoma, Washington, and is President and Founder of Puget Sound Poetry Connection where she hosts the Distinguished Writer Series now in its 27th year.
Raúl Sanchez is a translator currently working on the Spanish version of his inaugural collection “All Our Brown-Skinned Angels” nominated for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He translated the continuation of John Burgess’ “Punk Poems” included in the 2011 edition of “Graffito” by Ravenna Press. A 2014 Jack Straw Writers Alumni, as well as one of the mentors and judges for the 2014 Poetry on Buses Project. He participated in the TEDx Salon event in Yakima WA, October 24th 2014. He teaches annual Day of the Dead workshops in Seattle and Yakima. Currently a Poetry Mentor for the PONGO Teen Writing Project in the Juvenile Detention Center and a member of Seattle Arts and Lectures WITS, Writers in the schools program.
Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle Area writer and a former Los Angeles TV producer who has curated and hosted monthly poetry readings and special events since 2001. In November of 2016, he became the owner of BookTree, Kirkland, Washington’s only new and gently-used independent bookstore http://www.booktreekirkland.