Turns out Cynthia Neely, Derek Sheffield and I all have numerous birds in our poems. On Day 10 of my road trip, we read together at the Leavenworth Library, alternating poems (this is known as “round robin”) and finding threads of connection. Fun for us, and apparently for our generous and engaged audience, too. Cynthia’s new book is called Flight Path and she also did the beautiful cover art. Derek’s book is Through the Second Skin, and it was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.
Huge thanks to Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane for hosting two events on Day 8 of my poetry road trip: a free writing workshop in the afternoon (“Poetry for All”) and a reading and interview with Christopher Howell (“Washington Poets in Conversation”).
Put on my party dress for Humanities Washington’s fundraiser, Bedtime Stories, at the swanky (and, according to Jamie Ford, haunted) Spokane Club.