Join us for a very special poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month!
Allen Braden received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a 2006 Artist Trust / Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. He is also the winner of the Emerging Writers Prize from Witness magazine and the Grolier Poetry Prize. His first book, Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood, was published in 2009. Braden was poet-in-residence for the Poetry Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He teaches at Tacoma Community College. His latest, Elegy in the Passive Voice, was the winner of the 2011 Midnight Sun Chapbook Contest.
Rebecca Hoogs is the author of the newly-released Self-Storage and a chapbook, Grenade. She won the 2010 Southeast Review poetry contest and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Artist Trust. She is the Director of Education Programs and the curator of the Poetry Series for Seattle Arts & Lectures and is a co-director of the summer Creative Writing in Rome program for the University of Washington.
Arlene Kim grew up on the east coast. Her first collection of poems What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes? was published in 2011 by Milkweed Editions and won the American Book Award. She lives in Seattle where she reads for the poetry journal DMQ Review and writes poems, prose, and bits between.
Marjorie Manwaring lives in Seattle, where she is a freelance editor, co-editor of the online poetry and art journal DMQ Review, and editorial board member for Floating Bridge Press. In January 2013, her first full-length poetry collection, Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape, was released; she is also the author of two chapbooks, What to Make of a Diminished Thing and Magic Word.
Derek Sheffield's first book of poems, Through the Second Skin, was published in 2013. He was awarded North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Prize, the inaugural Sparrow Prize in Poetry, and the Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award. He has received fellowships from Artist Trust, Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Seattle Music & Arts Commission. He grew up in Gig Harbor.