Join us for readings by Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda!
Tess Gallagher’s 12th volume of poetry, Is, Is Not, will be published by Graywolf Press in America in 2019. Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, is her presently most complete volume of poetry. She is included in World Poetry Anthology edited by Neil Astley and published by Bloodaxe Press. Other poetry includes Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, and Amplitude. Gallagher’s The Man from Kenvara: Selected Stories was published fall 2009. In 2008 Blackstaff Press in Belfast published Barnacle Soup—Stories from the West of Ireland, a collaboration with the Sligo storyteller Josie Gray. She companioned the production of the film BIRDMAN, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, which uses a story and a poem of her late husband, Raymond Carver. A dual language edition of her poems has just been published in Romania. She will speak and read her poems in San Sebastian at the end of April. Many of her new poems are set near Lough Arrow in the West of Ireland where she has gone for the past 40 years. She also lives and writes in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.
Lawrence Matsuda was born in the Minidoka, Idaho Concentration Camp during World War II. He and his family were among the approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese held without due process for approximately three years or more. Matsuda has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Washington. In July of 2010, his book of poetry entitled, A Cold Wind from Idaho was published by Black Lawrence Press in New York. In 2014, Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner was released. It is collaboration between Matsuda and artist Roger Shimomura who contributed 17 original sketches. In 2015, Matsuda collaborated with artist, Matt Sasaki, and produced two graphic novels: An American Hero-Shiro Kashino and Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers funded by the National Park Service and available through the Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation or the Wing Luke Museum. The Shiro Kashino video won a 2016 regional Emmy. In 2016, he and Tess Gallagher collaborated on Boogie Woogie CrissCross, a book of poetry developed from e-mails they exchanged over a period of three years where she was in Ireland and he was in Seattle. It was published by MadHat Press. In 2017, chapter two of his graphic novel, An American Hero: Frank Nishimura, was nominated for two Regional Emmys and won one for best editing.