Idaho’s Writer-in-Residence, Diane Raptosh: Elliott Bay Books, March 14

Poet Diane Raptosh: “everyone I’ll have to live without / I must help to find a place within”


I’m delighted to welcome Diane Raptosh, a poet who is currently serving as Idaho’s Writer-in-Residence, to Seattle. We’ll be reading together at Elliott Bay Books on Sat., March 14 at 7p.  To whet your appetite, here’s an untitled poem from her most recent collection, American Amnesiac:

The self is a thousand localities

like a small nation—assembly required: borders and roads,


armies, farms, small and large pieces of parchment. I stand by

all the territories I have ever been, even as I can’t


remember them. I am a locum—ear to the emperor penguin, a banner ad

blinking to the hoi polloi. Since I’ve become John Doe, I swear


I can feel most objects with sixty digits

instead of five. This makes me think


of Lisette. Makes me miss her left collar bone. Her hips’ wingtips.

A train moans from a far hummock.


Which reminds me that everyone I’ll have to live without

I must help to find a place within. Which is an act


of granite will. A strain. A ditty.

An exercise in utmost beautility.


from American Amnesiac, by Diane Raptosh

                             (Etruscan Press, 2013)


Watch Diane’s TEDxBoise talk: Poetry, Democracy and the Hope of Sounds.

Late February/early March readings and workshops

Here are a few of the places you’ll find me in the next few weeks. Please feel free to share this information with friends in the area who might be interested in joining me for a reading or workshop. See my whole schedule.

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: Reading at Cathlamet Public Library, 2p

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

March 2: Reading with Rick Barot at the Federal Way Library, 7p.

March 4: Poetry Northwest reading at Phinney Books, 7:30p. With Suzanne Bottelli, Jessica Gigot, Laura Shoemaker and Kary Wayson.

March 14: Reading with Diane Raptosh, Idaho Writer-in-Residence, at Elliott Bay Books. 7p.