This reading features tremendous poets Susan Rich, Valerie Wallace, and Lisa Wells.
Susan Rich is the author of five books, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press). She is the winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Times Literary Supplement Award, London. Her poems have been published in all 50 states including in such journals as the Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and Poetry Ireland. Along with Kelli Agodon, she is cofounder of Poets on the Coast, a yearly writing retreat that takes place in La Conner, WA each September.
Valerie Wallace’s debut poetry collection House of McQueen (March 2018) was chosen by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry. In their starred review Publishers Weekly said that Wallace created “…a literary seance…serving as a scholar of and medium for the late iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen….” Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry, as well as many grants to support her work, for which she is extremely grateful.
Lisa Wells is a poet and nonfiction writer from Portland, Oregon. Her debut collection of poetry, THE FIX, was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy for the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harper’s Magazine, Granta, The Believer, N+1, The Iowa Review, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, at The Poetry Foundation and elsewhere, and has been recognized with grants and fellowships from Caldera Arts, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, among others. She lives with the poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson in Seattle where they edit The Volta, and run a small press called Letter Machine Editions.