This reading features Ravenna Press authors John Burgess, Kayt Hoch, Joannie Stangeland, Thomas Walton, and Deborah Woodard.
John Burgess grew up in upstate New York, worked on a survey crew in Montana, taught English in Japan and since 1985 has lived in Seattle, where he works for an insurance company. He’s been a featured poet at bookstores, art galleries and coffee shops throughout the Northwest. Ravenna Press publishes his poetry: Punk Poems (2005), A History of Guns in the Family (2008), Graffito (2011), “by Land…” (2015) a riff on the journals of Lewis & Clark, and 1977 (2018). His past glories include: 2006 Jack Straw writer; co-founder of the original Burning Word Festival; the 2008 Words’ Worth curator for the Seattle City Council; and past Board president of Richard Hugo House. He’s an instigator with the Band of Poets.
Kayt Hoch penciled her first poems at age 9 and has worked as a nurse’s aide, French-fry “monitor,” database programmer, biochemist, and project manager among other things on her way back to creating and experimenting with poems full time. Kayt has been a student of poetry at Hugo House in Seattle since 2002 and her poems and photos have been published in a variety of journals, mags, and anthologies including Raven Chronicles, Tin Fish, and Pontoon. Kayt lives in Seattle, Washington and Brass Rail Friday is her first book.
Joannie Stangeland is the author of The Scene You See, In Both Hands, and Into the Rumored Spring, all from Ravenna Press, and three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, The Southern Review, and other journals. Joannie is in the MFA program at Rainier Writing Workshop.
Thomas Walton is the author (with Elizabeth Cooperman) of The Last Mosaic (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2018). His anti-lyric-essay lyric essay on Gertrude Stein – The World Is All That Does Befall Us – will be out next year from Ravenna Press. His work has appeared in journals such as Rivet, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Willow Springs, Gravel, The Chaos Journal, Crab Creek Review, ZYZZYVA, and others. Thomas is founding editor of PageBoy Magazine and works at a cobblestone factory in Kent.
Deborah Woodard lives in Seattle. She holds an MFA from the University of California at Irvine and a PhD from the University of Washington. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Plato’s Bad Horse (Bear Star Press, 2006) and Borrowed Tales (Stockport Flats, 2012), and three chapbooks, including Hunter Mnemonics (hemel press, 2008), illustrated by artist Heide Hinrichs. Her collection of playlets, No Finis: Triangle Testimonies, 1911, with illustrations by John Burgess, is forthcoming from Ravenna Press. She has translated the poetry of Amelia Rosselli in The Dragonfly: A Selection of Poems: 1953–1981 (Chelsea Editions, 2009) with Giuseppe Leporace and Hospital Series (New Directions, 2015) with Roberta Antognini and Giuseppe Leporace. She teaches hybrid literature and creative writing classes at Hugo House.