Event Archive

Here’s where I’ve been. See the Events page for the list of where I’ll be soon. Use the Contact page to talk with me about visiting your community.

2014

Feb. 5: Reading at Arts and Heritage caucus meeting and luncheon

Feb. 5: Reading for Washington State Legislature

Feb. 6: Reading Lucille Clifton’s work as part of Uplifted: Iconic Black Voices at Seattle Art Museum (in collaboration with Central District Forum)

Feb. 10: Reading at Yakima Valley Museum

Feb. 11: Classroom visits at Yakima Valley Community College

Feb 16: “Passing the Laurel” with Outgoing Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken at Open Books in Seattle.

Feb. 27: Reading with Domingo MartinezAlliance of Artist Communities at the Alibi Room in Seattle, 7p. Free. 

March 5: How to Open Your Own Door:  A Conversation with Kate LeboHedreen Gallery, Seattle University, 5p. Free.

March 12: Reading with Karen Bonaudi at Parkplace Bookstore, Kirkland, 7p. Free.

April 5: Reflective writing/poetry workshop with volunteers for Advocates for Immigrants in Detention, Tacoma. 1 to 3p.

April 10: Highline Community College. Reading at 11am in the Mount Constance Room, followed by a writing workshop with students.

April 12: Hedgebrook’s Spring salon at Seattle Art Museum. Miro: the Experience of Seeing. (My workshop is sold out, but there are still a few places in Elizabeth Heffron’s playwriting workshop.) Registration information.

April 13: Performance workshop for Jack Straw Writers. Noon to 3p.

April 17 and 21: Readings and classroom visits at Skagit Valley College, Whidbey Island

April 17: Reading at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner. 7p. Poets Samar Abulhassen, Jane Alynn, Michael Daley, Georgia Johnson and student poets John and Ellie Harrison and Tess Bruland will also read. Wine and appetizers. Donations at the door.

April 18 and 22: Readings classroom visits at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon.

April 19: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 2p. Free. Calling all ages of writers, readers and poetry lovers! Join us as we celebrate National Poetry Month.  We’ll celebrate local poets and poets of all ages at an open mic.  Bring a poem in your pocket, open a book to read your favorite verse, or recite a poem you know by heart. Reception to follow.

April 21: Poetry Night at the Bellingham Library, 8p. Free.

April 28: Reading with Holly Hughes at the Sylvan Way branch of the Bremerton Library, 7p. Free.

April 29: Skyline at First Hill, Seattle, Reading. 7:30p. Free.

April 30: Poetry reading with patients, WITS teachers Ann Teplick and Sierra Nelson and National Student Poet Nathan Cummings at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Noon.

May 2: Orcas Island Library. Reading with Shannon Borg. 7p. Free.

May 3: San Juan Island Library. Reading. 7p. Free.

May 14: Seattle City Council Meeting: reading a poem from Kim-An Lieberman’s IN ORBIT.  2p. Free and open to the public.

May 15 to 18: Skagit River Poetry Festival.

May 28: Friends of the Langley Library. Reading at Langley Methodist Church, 7p. Free.

June 6: Volunteer Celebration at Seattle Public Library Central branch. 6:30p.

June 7 and 8: Demystifying the Line Break: two-day class at Richard Hugo House.

June 10: Book club visit, Edmonds.

June 12: Vashon Bookshop. Reading with student poets Kolibri Enson-Overstreet, Kai Godesy and Malio Nelson. 7:30p. Free.

June 16 and 17: Antioch University-Los Angeles. Reading and performance seminar.

June 26: University House Wallingford. Reading and conversation. 7:30pm. Free.

July 2: Workshop at King County Jail.

July 10: Summit at First Hill, Seattle, Reading. 7:30p. Free.

July 11: Barnes & Noble, West Seattle. Reading with novelist Harold Taw. 5p. Free.

July 19: Poets in the Park, Anderson Park, Redmond. 11am to 5pm. Free. I’m reading at 12:30 p.m.

July 20: Hike and Write with the Poet Laureate. Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island. 1p. Free, but Discover Pass required for your vehicle.

Aug. 7 to 9: Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Whidbey Island. Classes and commencement address.

Aug. 10: Hike and Write with the Poet Laureate. Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island. 1p. Free, but Discover Pass required. Meet at the Pass Lake parking lot.

Aug. 14: Book club visit, Bellevue.

Sept. 12: Bedtime Stories, Seattle.

Sept. 13: Writing workshop: “Call and Response: Poems from Poems” at the Centralia College Writers Conference

Sept. 13: Reading with Terry Martin at the Toledo Library

Sept. 17 and 18:  Visiting writer at Heritage University

Sept. 18: Washington Poets in Conversation: Reading and Interview with Dan Peters at Heritage University

Sept. 19:  Classroom visits at Granger Middle School

Sept. 25: Puyallup Rotary Club. Meets at The Ram on South Hill. 12:30p.

Sept. 25: Moses Lake Museum and Art Center. Reading with Spokane Poet Laureate Thom Caraway. 7p. Free.

Oct. 8: Reading with Dianne Aprile for Beacon Bards in Seattle, 7p. Free. Includes an open mic – bring your poems to share.

Oct. 12 and 13: Writing workshops in Newport, Pend Oreille county. (Free, but fully enrolled already.)

Oct. 13: Reading with Tod Marshall at CREATE, Newport. 7p. Free.

Oct. 14: Classroom visits in Odessa schools.

Oct. 14: Reading with Daniel Butterworth at the Odessa Public Library. 7p. Free.

Oct. 15:  Classroom visits and reading at Community Colleges of Spokane – Colville (Rendevous Theatre)

Oct. 16:  Classroom visits at Lind-Ritzville High School

Oct. 17: Bedtime Stories, Spokane Club, Spokane. With Jamie Ford, Tod Marshall and Sharma Shields.

Oct. 18: Poetry for All: Writing workshop at Auntie’s Books, Spokane. 1 to 3p. Free.

Oct. 18: Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane. Reading with Christopher Howell, 7p. Free.

Oct. 20: Leavenworth Public Library with Derek Sheffield and Cynthia Neely. 6:30p. Free.

Oct. 21: Visiting writer at Wenatchee Valley College.

Oct. 21: Reading at Chelan Public Library. 7p. Free.

Oct. 22: Reading at Waterville Public Library. 10a. Free.

Oct. 22: Wenatchee Public Library with Derek Sheffield. 7p. Free.

Oct. 23: LitCrawl, Seattle. Reading from Floating Bridge Review No. 7: Help Wanted – The Poetry of Work. With Tara Hardy, Anis Gisele and Martha Kreiner. 6p at Sole Repair.

Nov. 4: Sammamish Youth Writing Club. Workshop with Kathleen Flenniken, Washington State Poet Laureate 2012-2014. 7p. Free.

Nov. 7: Shoalwater Bay Tribal Community Library, Tokeland. Reading at 4:30pm. Free.

Nov. 8: Westport Timberland Library. Writing workshop, 1p to 3p. Free.

Nov. 10Merrill Gardens at the University. Reading. 6p.  Free.

Nov. 12: Everett Women’s Book Club.

Nov. 15:  Writing workshop: “Revision: The Poet’s Toolbox,” 1 to 4p. Roslyn Library.  Free, but registration is required in advance.

Nov. 15: Reading at the Roslyn Cafe for Oyez Roslyn! 8p.

Nov. 16: Reading at the Carpenter House Museum in Cle Elum. 4p.

Nov. 19: Reading at The Creekside, Woodinville. 7p. Includes an open mic.

Nov. 22:  Writing workshop: “What Else Is Also True?” 1 to 3p. Fairhaven Library, Bellingham.

Nov. 29: Indies First! I’ll be making recommendations for your holiday poetry-gift-giving at Open Books from 3 to 6p. Ed Skoog, Don Mee Choi and Maged Zaher will also be volunteer poet/booksellers earlier in the day.

Dec. 5:  “The Story of Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change” at Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum. 6:30p.

Dec. 6: Reading with Susan Rich at Griffin Bay Bookstore on San Juan Island. 7p.

January 2015

Jan. 8: Reading for the Rotary Club of Northeast Seattle at the Elliott Bay Brewery in Lake City. 1p.

Jan. 9: Reading at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, followed by an interview with Val Easton. 7:30p. Tickets $15.

Jan. 10:  Writing workshop at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 10:30a to 12:30p. Tickets $30.  SOLD OUT.

Jan. 16:  Classroom visits: Mount Vernon High School and Little Mountain Elementary

Jan. 16: Generative writing workshop, Mount Vernon Library. 4:30 to 6p.

Poetry for All Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a free, hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants.

Jan. 21: Generative writing workshop, Northwest Indian College – Nisqually campus (Walker building). 1to 3p.

Jan. 21: Reading with Duane Niatum at the Nisqually Tribal Library, Olympia. 5:30p.

Jan. 28: Generative writing workshop, Port Angeles Library. 3:30 to 5p. (THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL)

Jan. 28: Reading with Native poets of Poetic Blood Quantum, Alice Derry and Kate Reavy at Elwha Klallam Heritage Center. 7p. Poetic Blood Quantum readers include: John Pritchard III, Cindy Claplanhoo, Brenda Francis Thomas, Chris Thomas, Juanita McCarty and Brendan McCarty.

Jan. 29: “Washington Poets in Conversation,” a reading and interview with Alice Derry for the Foothills Writers Series at Peninsula College. 12:30p.

Jan. 30: Reading at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 7p.

February

Feb. 6 to 8: Women’s Retreat, Holden Village. Registration information online.

Feb. 19: Reading for Phi Beta Kappa, Seattle. Feb. 21: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Dupont Library, 9:30 to 11a.

Poetry for All Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a free, hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants.

Feb. 23:  “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Poulsbo Library, 2:30 to 4:30p. Call the library at 360-779-2915 to register.

Feb. 23: Reading with Michelle Peñaloza at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 7p.

Feb. 27: Classroom visit, Wahkiakum High School.

Feb. 27: Reading at Cathlamet Public Library, 2p.

Feb. 27 and 28:Bundle Up and Write,” retreat at the Tokeland Hotel. 7p. $10.

March

March 2: Reading with Rick Barot at the Federal Way Library, 7p.
March 4: Reading at Arts & Heritage Day, Olympia. Noon.
March 4: Poetry Northwest reading at Phinney Books, 7:30p. With Suzanne Bottelli, Jessica Gigot, Laura Shoemaker and Kary Wayson.
March 7: Adjudicating the Poetry Out Loud finals, Tacoma.
March 11: Reading at St. Joseph’s Residence, Seattle. 6:30p.
March 13: Classroom visits: Van Asselt Elementary School, Seattle.
March 14: Reading with Diane Raptosh, Idaho Writer-in-Residence, at Elliott Bay Books. 7p.
March 16: Classroom visit: Fred Hutch School, Seattle.
March 18: WordsWest Reading Series at C&P Coffee, West Seattle. Reading with Michelle Peñaloza. Theme: Saint and Sinner: Pleasures of the Poet.
March 19: Book group visit in Seattle.
March 21: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Olympia Poetry Network, Olympia Center, 2:30 to 4:30p.
March 21: Reading with Tim Kelly, Orca Books, Olympia, 7p.
March 23: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Burlington Public Library, 3 to 5p.

Poetry for All Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a free, hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants.

March 27: Classroom visits, Maplewood Elementary, Edmonds.

April

April 2: Reading, Gig Harbor Poetry Series, Gig Harbor Library. 7p.
April 7: Reading with Megan Snyder-Camp at the Everett Public Library. 6:30p.
April 9: Reading, Rainier Club, Seattle. 11:30am.
April 14: Reading, Manson Public Library, 3p.
April 14: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Entiat Public Library, 6p.

Poetry for All Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a free, hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants.

April 15: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Republic Library, 6p.
April 16: Reading, Twisp Library, 7p.
April 18: Jack Straw Writers Program performance workshop
April 18: Reading with music by John Burgess, Mountlake Terrace Library, 2p.
April 20: Invocation, Washington State Legislature. 10am
April 23: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, at Maryhill Museum of Art, 2 to 4p.
April 23:  “Poetry Aloud” workshop at the Goldendale Library, 7 to 9p.

Poetry Aloud. Every poem has two lives: its life on the page, and its life aloud. In this workshop with Washington State poet laureate Elizabeth Austen, we’ll learn and practice the art and pleasure of bringing poetry to life in the air. Participants can bring one or two short poems (either their own or a favorite poem by another writer), and do not need to have any previous experience with poetry. Minimum 5 participants; maximum 20.

April 24:  Vancouver Community Library, 6p.
April 25: Cascade Park Community Library, 2p.
April 27: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop at Lower Columbia College, Longview. 3:30p.
April 27: Reading at Longview Public Library with Joseph Green, 7p.
April 28: Classroom visits, Mark Morris High School, Longview.
April 28: Open Books 20th Anniversary Celebration, at the Good Shepherd Center, Seattle. 7p.
April 30: Celebration of National Poetry Month, Seattle Children’s Hospital, noon.
April 30: Reading with newly appointed Auburn Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel and former Auburn PL Dick BruggerAuburn Avenue Theatre, 7p.

May

May 5: Student-only workshop at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia. Bldg. 22. 1:30 to 3p.

May 5: “Campus-Community Read” at South Puget Sound Community College, Bldg. 21, room 130. 6 to 7:30p.

May 11: Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind reading at Hugo House, 7p. Also featuring Daemond Arrindell, Jonathan Evison and Jennifer Longo.

May 21: Reading with Tim Seibles at Cascadia College. 1:30 to 2:30pm, Bldg/room CC1-202.

May 22: “Poetry and Guided Journaling as a Therapeutic Intervention for Pediatric Cancer Patients, Their Caregivers and Staff Members” presentation for the National Association of Oncology Social Workers. With Julie Arguez, LICSW and Karen Gordon, LICSW. Westin Hotel, Seattle.

May 30: Hike & Write with the Poet Laureate. Meet at the Rattlesnake Lake parking lot (exit 32 from I-90) and look for the “Hike & Write with the Poet Laureate” sign. No pre-registration needed. Offered in partnership with the Black Dog Arts Coalition.

May 30: Reading at The Black Dog Arts Cafe, Snoqualmie. 7p.

June

June 12: Classroom visits, Chief Leschi School, Puyallup.

June 14: Naturalization Ceremony, Seattle.

July

July 13: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop at Alderbrook Resort and Spa (Union, Wa). Presented by the Shelton Timberland Library. Registration required (includes a fee).

July 18: Hike & Write with the Poet Laureate: Olympic National Park.

Offered in partnership with the Port Angeles Library and Olympic National Park. We’ll take a short, meditative hike on the Smokey Bottom (formerly West Lake Mills) Trail and do a brief, guided writing session in response to the hike. Since the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam in 2014, Lake Mills no longer exists, but the trail now provides great opportunities to view the old lake bed and see the Elwha River restoration effort firsthand. No previous experience with hiking or writing is needed, but participants must be at least 18 years old. Space is limited, so registration required.

 August

Aug. 13: The “Tall Women” series from Blue Begonia Press. Group reading at Hugo House, Seattle. 7p. Readers include Elissa BallJoan FisetKathryn HuntTerry Martin and Nancy Takacs.

Aug. 29: “Climbing the Mountain” with Elizabeth Austen and Charlotte Austin, 7:30p.

Washington poet laureate Elizabeth Austen draws creative inspiration from time spent on trails and has led several “poetry hikes” as part of her two-year role supported by The Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington. Seattle prose writer and adventurer Charlotte Austin treks with International Mountain Guides when she’s not writing essays or journalism about the outdoors. Both authors will read from their work and hold a conversation about how the outdoors informs their — and others’  — creativity. This reading is free (donations are welcome). If you wish, bring a potluck dessert to share. Mineral School, 114 Mineral Rd. South, Mineral WA 98355. http://www.mineral-school.org

September

Sept. 10: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Vancouver Community Library, 2 to 4p.

This free, hands-on poetry workshop is designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Sept. 10: Reading for the Ghost Town Poetry Series, Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar at 1015 Main Street, Vancouver. Includes an open mic. 7p.

Sept. 13: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Methow Valley Arts at the Merc Playhouse. 11a to 1p.

This free, hands-on poetry workshop is designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants. Email  info(at)methowartsalliance.org to register or call 509-997-4004.

Sept. 17: Washington Poets in Conversation: Reading and Q&A with Quenton Baker at the Jefferson County Library, Port Hadlock, 6:30 to 8p.

Sept. 25 – 27: Workshops and reading at LitFuse, Tieton. Registration and schedule.

October

Oct. 8: Reading at the Denny Ashby Library in Pomeroy. 7p.

Oct. 9:  Classroom visits at Pomeroy High School.

Oct. 9: “Poetry for All” Workshop at the Denny Ashby Library in Pomeroy. 1 to 3p.

This free, hands-on poetry workshop is designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants. To register, call 509-843-3710 or stop by the library.

Oct. 10: “Poetry for All” Workshop at the Dayton Memorial Library. 12 to 2p.

This free, hands-on poetry workshop is designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants. To register, call 509-382-4131 or stop by the library.

Oct. 10: Reading at the Asotin County Library in Clarkston, 7p. With Kevin GoodanWilliam Johnson and Misty Rego.

Oct. 12: Classroom visits at Tekoa High School.

Oct. 12: Reading with Kimberly Burwick at the Neill Public Library in Pullman, 6p.

Oct. 13: Classroom visits at Colfax High School.

Oct. 26: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop, Aberdeen Timberland Library, 6 to 7:30p.

Poetry for All Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a free, hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants. Register online.

Oct. 27: Reading at the Stevenson Community Library, 6:30 to 7:30p.

November

Nov. 7: Reading with Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle’s Civic Poet, at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 1p.

Nov. 7: Reading a new poem written for Country Doctor Community Health Clinic: “Come Together” fundraising celebration, 7p.

Nov. 9: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop at the Richland Public Library, 4 to 6p.

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen for a free, hands-on poetry workshop designed to engage participants’ imaginations, life histories and sense of empathy through language. The class includes close reading of a few contemporary poems, then using one as a model for writing our own first draft. No previous writing experience needed, and all are welcome. Maximum 25 participants. Register online.

Nov. 10: Classroom visit, Walla Walla University.

Nov. 10: Reading at Walla Walla University with Dan Lamberton and Linda Andrews, Chan Shun Pavilion Lecture Hall, Room 154. 7p.

Nov. 11: Classroom visits, Walla Walla University.

Nov. 12: Classroom visit, Walla Walla High School.

Nov. 12: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop at Walla Walla Penitentiary, 1 to 3:30p.

Nov. 13: “Poetry for All” generative writing workshop at Coyote Ridge Correctional Center, 1 to 3p.

2016

January

Jan. 9: Celebration of Madeline DeFrees (1919 – 2015) at Elliott Bay Books. 2p.

Many of Madeline’s friends, colleagues and former students will be on hand to tell stories and read her poems, including Anne McDuffie, Candace Black, Rick Simonson, Christopher Howell, Elizabeth Austen, Kathleen Flenniken, Susan Rich, Elizabeth Weber, Gary Thompson, Jennifer Maier and others. There will be time for all those who want to share a memory or read a favorite poem; the event includes a short reception. Please join us if you can, and help spread the word. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.madelinedefrees.com.

Jan. 11: Reading with Von Thompson and Angela Belcaster at Seattle Public Library – Fremont branch. Sponsored by Floating Bridge Press. 6:30p.

Jan. 19: Reading/workshop, Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy, Gig Harbor.

Jan. 25: Classroom visit, O’Dea High School, Seattle.

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