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Poetry on the road: Day 11, Wenatchee Valley College and Chelan Library

You know how you're never supposed to deface library books? Well, that's still true, but the lovely folks at the Lake Chelan library gave  Stehekin poet David Kurth and I these  very cool art books made by a local artist named

You know how you’re never supposed to deface library books? Well, that’s still true, but the lovely folks at the Lake Chelan library gave Stehekin poet David Kurth and me these very cool art books made by Chelan artist Mary Sherer. (Side note: I don’t know what’s going on with this picture, but do not be fooled by the bizarrely pumped appearance of my left bicep. I am not lifting while on the road, or, er, while at home. iPhone, what filter is that?)

Wonderful audience at Wenatchee Valley College! Thank you, Derek Sheffield for inviting me.

Wonderful audience at Wenatchee Valley College! Thank you, Derek Sheffield, for inviting me. (And thank you, readers, for your patience with my less-than-expert photographic skills…)


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Poetry on the road: Day 10, Poets’ Round Robin at the Leavenworth Library

 

Thanks to Thomas Davies for this photo from our reading.

At the Leavenworth Library with Cynthia Neely and Derek Sheffiled. Thanks to Thomas Davies for this photo from our reading.

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.

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Poetry on the road, day 8: Poetry for All and Washington Poets in Conversation

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”).

You can hear Christopher Howell reading “Home Is the Sailor,” “Dancers”  and “Report from the Empty Room” on KUOW.

 

Great turnout for the writing workshop at Auntie's! Participants ranged in age from 9 to  late 60's. Oh - and the two youngest writers do a poetry radio show in Spokane.

Great turnout for the writing workshop at Auntie’s! Participants ranged in age from 9 to <I’m guessing here> late 60’s. Oh – and the two youngest writers do a poetry radio show in Spokane. <wow!>

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