This event celebrates the new WA129 Anthology curated by the Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. Join us for short, rapid-fire readings by sixteen terrific local poets: Anastacia-Renee, Elizabeth Austen, Linda Bierds, Bill Carty, Kevin Craft, Lynne Ellis, Angel Gardner, Priscilla Long, Claudia Castro Luna, Beth Myhr, Arlene Naganawa, Shankar Narayan, Sierra Nelson, Susan Rich, Heidi Seaborn, and Martha Silano!
As Washington State’s poet laureate for 2014-16, Elizabeth Austen taught workshops in each of Washington’s 39 counties, in venues including state parks, correctional facilities, universities and rural libraries. Her poems have been published nationally in journals and anthologies, and heard on Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac. She’s the author of two chapbooks and a full-length collection of poems, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and is now in its fourth printing. She’s been the on-air poetry correspondent for NPR-affiliate KUOW since 2000, and earned an MFA in Poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles in 2001.
Originally from coastal Maine, Bill Carty lives in Seattle, WA. He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, the Richard Hugo House, the Sorting Room, and Jack Straw. He is the author of Huge Cloudy (forthcoming from Octopus Books) and the chapbook Refugium (Alice Blue Books). His poems have recently appeared (or will soon) in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, Willow Springs, Conduit, Poetry Northwest, Pleiades, the Volta, Oversound, Pinwheel, Sixth Finch, and other journals. He is an editor at Poetry Northwest.
‘s books include Vagrants & Accidentals
(University of Washington Press 2017), Solar Prominence
(Cloudbank Books, 2005), and five volumes of the anthology Mare Nostrum,
an annual collection of Italian translation and Mediterranean-inspired writing (Writ in Water Press, 2004 – 2009). His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in such places as Poetry, AGNI, Verse, Ninth Letter, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review,
and West Branch
. He lives in Seattle, where he directs both the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College and the University of Washington’s Summer Creative Writing in Rome Program. He is the former editor-in-chief of Poetry Northwest
is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, fiction, and history. Her work appears widely and her five books are: Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
(University of Georgia Press), Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and Other Creators
(Coffeetown Press), and Crossing Over: Poems
(University of New Mexico Press). Her how-to-write guide is The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life
. She is also author of Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry
. Her awards include a National Magazine Award. Her science column, Science Frictions, ran for 92 weeks in The American Scholar
. She earned an MFA from the University of Washington and serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of www.historylink.org
, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. She grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Claudia Castro Luna
served as Seattle’s first Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of This City
, Floating Bridge Press. Claudia is a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She now lives in English and Spanish and writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.
is a poet, editor and publisher. She holds a BA from the Evergreen State College and an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. She is a Milotte Foundation scholar. Her poems has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2010 Myhr co-founded Calypso Editions, a virtual, cooperative press. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review
, Poetry International
, elephant journal
, and other
‘s most recent chapbook is The Ark and the Bear (
Floating Bridge Press). Other chapbooks include The Scarecrow Bride
(Red Bird Chapbooks) and Private Graveyard
(Gribble Press). Her poems have appeared on Poetry on Buses as well as in various literary magazines.
explores identity, power, and race in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. A Pushcart Prize nominee, a 2016 Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of the 2017 Iowa Sweet Corn Prize in Poetry, Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney. His work appears in Jaggery
, Crab Creek Review
, Raven Chronicles
, The Litfuse Anthology
, WA 129
(an anthology of poems from Washington poets), and elsewhere. Shankar is also a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.
Sierra Nelson is a Seattle-based poet and text-based performance and installation artist. Her books include lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press) made with visual artist Loren Erdrich and forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry NW Editions). Her poems have appeared inside Seattle Metro buses and at the Seattle Aquarium, with Nordic runes on lava stones in Iceland (SIM Gallery), in sound boxes on Denny Avenue (All Rise Project), and in journals and anthologies including Alive at the Center, Pink Thunder, Crazyhorse, Tin House, Pleiades, andPoetry Northwest. She is co-founder of performance art groups the Vis-à-Vis Society and The Typing Explosion, and she teaches a variety of places including at the Hugo House and through the WITS program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com
is the author of four collections of poetry including Cloud Pharmacy
, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, Cures Include Travel
, and The Cartographer’s Tongue,
winner of the PEN Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award (White Pine Press). She is co-editor of the anthology: The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Crossing Boarders
(Poetry Foundation) and a recipient of fellowships and awards from Artists Trust, 4Culture, Fulbright Foundation, and The Times Literary Supplement of London.
Rich’s poems have appeared in all 50 States and one district including: TheAntioch Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Poetry Ireland, Southern Review, World Literature Today
She lives and writes in West Seattle.
started writing poetry in 2016. Since then her work has appeared in over 30 journals including Nimrod International Journal (
2017 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry semi-finalist), Timberline, Gravel, West Trade Review, American Journal of Poetry
, in five anthologies, as the political pamphlet Body Politic
(Mount Analogue Press), on a Seattle bus, and in her forthcoming chapbook Finding My Way Home
(Finishing Line Press).
She is on the editorial staff of The Adroit Journal
and lives in Seattle. www.heidiseabornpoet.com
’s books include The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception
, winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and Reckless Lovely
(Saturnalia Books 2014), She also co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice
. Martha edits the Seattle-based literary journal, Crab Creek Review
, and teaches at Bellevue College.