A Great Day in Olympia

National Poetry Month!  Here’s a sample day:  I began my day at 7 am by giving a keynote address at the Readers Are Leaders benefit breakfast.  This organization is comprised of a wonderful collection of people (teachers, police officers, mayors) from a variety of backgrounds who are all committed to one thing:  helping make sure that children get a chance to have reading (and all of its rewards) as part of their lives.  At 9:15, I went to Olympia High School and hung out with three classes (check out the red wheel barrow!) and then met with the good folks from Arts Wa to have lunch and chat about Polaureate stuff.  At 6:30, I got to hear the energetic and diversely talented open mic crew of The Olympia People’s Open Mic: poets shared raps, well-rehearsed and well-crafted slam pieces, Robert Service poems, and a crazy-good poem about fishing by Patrick Dixon.  I made new friends and realized that those new friends knew some of my old friends.  They Old Growth Poetry Collective (sponsor of the open mic) is having their grand slam soon, and from what I heard, that slam is not be missed!  And last of all:  gotta admit that this isn’t a bad part of the day:  no more miles to go before I sleep.

2 thoughts on “A Great Day in Olympia

  1. Wots Staff

    Reblogged this on WOTS BLOG and commented:
    It’s National Poetry Month! WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall shares the events of his day at the state capital in Olympia…

  2. Hope you can attend the Salmon Feed Poetry Feed 17 Sep in Forks, WA. It is part of the International Coastal CleanUp.

    We offer this even as a thank you to Voluntourist fro around the world who attend the beaches clean ups on the Olympic Peninsula. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

    Poets from around the Northwest are invited to attend.
    Tim Mc Nulty is planning to read this years with others.
    Tod and those he can influence to attend are needed to make this grow to the kind of POETRY EVENT it can become.

    I worked with the Portland Poetry Festival in the 1970/s.
    We grew that to a significant opportunity for Northwest poetry enthusiast to attend, participant and enjoy.

    Please contact me by phone 360 963-2442 to talk about possibilities.
    See coastsavers.org for for updates as the event approaches.
    Roy Morris
    Sekiu, WA

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