Join us for a reading featuring poets Laura Read, Maya Zeller, and Elizabeth Austen!
Laura Read‘s chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You won the Floating Bridge Chapbook Award in 2010, and her first full-length collection, Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, was chosen as the winner of the AWP/Donald Hall Prize for Poetry by Dorianne Laux in 2011 and published in 2012 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her second collection, Dresses from the Old Country, will be published by BOA in October of 2018. Her individual poems have received awards from The Florida Review, Dogwood, and Crab Creek Review and have been published in many different journals, including most recently, Radar, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blood Orange Review, andThe New York Times Magazine. She teaches English Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing at Spokane Falls Community College and helps advise SFCC’s creative arts magazine The Wire Harp. She is also the Poetry Editor for Crab Creek Review.
Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy For Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios Books, 2017), the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and the poetry collection Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011). Recipient of a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation as well as a Residency in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Maya teaches for Central Washington University and edits poetry for Scablands Books.
Elizabeth Austen is a former Washington State Poet Laureate. Her collection Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) was a finalist for the 2012 Washington State Book Award in poetry. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet, winner of the Toadlily Press Chapbook Award and part of the quartet “Sightline,” published in 2010. Elizabeth’s poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and online at Verse Daily, the Bellingham Review and DMQ Review. You’ll find Elizabeth’s poems in anthologies including “What to Read in the Rain” and “Poets Against the War” and in literary journals. She’s performed at venues including Poets House in New York City, The Loft in Minneapolis, the Austin ArtSpark Festival, and locally at the Richard Hugo House Literary Series, Bumbershoot, and the Seattle and Skagit River Poetry Festivals. An audio CD, “skin prayers,” featuring 26 original poems recorded with a live audience in the KUOW studios, is available on her website, www.elizabethausten.org.