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Poetry Month Celebration

04/16/2016 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Join us for a celebration of National Poetry Month! We'll have a poetry workshop for youth, a conversation with two poets talking about their art, and a poetry reading featuring six poets! All events are free!

1 pm * WordPlay Youth Poetry Workshop with Krista Franklin! Join Chicago poet Krista Franklin in this special workshop for teens and young adults interested in writing poetry. All are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission.

2:30 pm * Poets in Conversation: Kevin Miller, Michael Schmeltzer, and Natasha Moni! Tacoma poet Kevin Miller and Seattle poets Michael Schmeltzer and Natasha Moni talk about their work and writing poetry.

4 pm * Poetry Reading featuring Krista Franklin, Natasha Moni, Kevin Miller, Michael Schmeltzer, Cathy Nguyen, and hosted by Michael Haeflinger!

 

Krista Franklin is a Chicago poet and visual artist who is a recipient of the Propeller Fund and the Albert P. Weisman Award and has held residencies at A Studio in the Woods, Cave Canem, and the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative. Her chapbook Study of Love & Black Body was published in 2012. Franklin’s work has exhibited nationally, and was featured on Fox’s Empire (Season 2). She is the co-curator of the Chicago citywide poetry and art initiative, EKPHEST: A Festival of Art + Word, and 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians, and scholars. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts – Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago.

Kevin Miller worked in the public schools of Washington State for over thirty-six years. Miller taught in public schools in Blaine, Gig Harbor, and Olympia, Washington. In 1990-91 he was a Fulbright Exchange teacher at Grenå Handelsskole, Grenå, Denmark. His latest work is Home & Away: The Old Town Poems.

Michael Schmeltzer is the author of Elegy/ Elk River (2015) winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. He earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. He was born in Yokosuka, Japan and eventually moved to the US. He currently lives in Seattle. His honors include eight Pushcart Prize nominations, the Gulf Stream Award for Poetry, and the Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. He has been a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, the Zone 3 Press First Book Prize, John Ciardi Prize for Poetry from BkMk Press, as well as the OSU Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. He is the President of Operations and Poetry Editor for A River & Sound Review.

Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and a writer. Born in the North to native Dutch and East Indian parents and raised in the South, she finds home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in journals including: DIAGRAM, Verse, Indiana Review, Fourteen Hills, Rattle, and Defenestration. The Cardiologist's Daughter, Natasha's first full-length poetry collection, came out in 2014.

Cathy Nguyen is an artivist who seeks to promote social equity and youth leadership through creative expression and community organization. She is the 2015-17 Tacoma Poet Laureate. A resident of Tacoma since 2010, Nguyen has worked to infuse the arts in a variety of human service and grassroots contexts. In 2012, Nguyen created and coordinated The RIOT, a first-ever teen poetry/hip-hop program at STAR Center. In the years that followed, Nguyen worked to draw on and capture the voices of queer youth and young adults through a variety of arts, violence prevention, and leadership development programming at Oasis Youth Center. Currently, Nguyen integrates creative expression with youth and community development as a teen support group facilitator at BRIDGES, a center for grieving youth and their families, and as an organizer of Tacoma Stands Up, a grassroots initiative calling for an end to police brutality and social injustice through peaceful organization, where she has led Tacoma-wide rallies and arts events focused on community-building and social justice advocacy.

Michael Haeflinger is a Visiting Assistant Professor in English at the University of Puget Sound. He previously taught writing and literature at Drexel University and at Rutgers-Camden, where he received the Chancellor's Award for Faculty Civic Engagement for his work with local teens. He co-founded Louder Than a Bomb-Camden, a teen poetry festival that encourages poetry composition and performance in educational spaces, and is the co-founder of a similar program debuting in Tacoma in Spring 2016. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks: What I’d Hoped To Say Before Falling Out of Love (2010), Love Poem for the Everyday (2011) and The Days Before (2014).

Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and a writer. Born in the North to native Dutch and East Indian parents and raised in the South, she finds home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in journals including: DIAGRAM, Verse, Indiana Review, Fourteen Hills, Rattle, and Defenestration. Her poem, "Cranberry sauce provides an improper dressing for the modern turkey" was just featured on Verse Daily.

The Cardiologist's Daughter, Natasha's first full-length poetry collection, was released by Two Sylvias Press in September 2014. 
- See more at: http://twosylviaspress.com/natasha-moni.html#sthash.TcIhhymb.dpuf
Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and a writer. Born in the North to native Dutch and East Indian parents and raised in the South, she finds home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in journals including: DIAGRAM, Verse, Indiana Review, Fourteen Hills, Rattle, and Defenestration. Her poem, "Cranberry sauce provides an improper dressing for the modern turkey" was just featured on Verse Daily.

The Cardiologist's Daughter, Natasha's first full-length poetry collection, was released by Two Sylvias Press in September 2014. 
- See more at: http://twosylviaspress.com/natasha-moni.html#sthash.TcIhhymb.dpuf
Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and a writer. Born in the North to native Dutch and East Indian parents and raised in the South, she finds home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in journals including: DIAGRAM, Verse, Indiana Review, Fourteen Hills, Rattle, and Defenestration. Her poem, "Cranberry sauce provides an improper dressing for the modern turkey" was just featured on Verse Daily.

The Cardiologist's Daughter, Natasha's first full-length poetry collection, was released by Two Sylvias Press in September 2014. 
- See more at: http://twosylviaspress.com/natasha-moni.html#sthash.TcIhhymb.dpuf
Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and a writer. Born in the North to native Dutch and East Indian parents and raised in the South, she finds home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in journals including: DIAGRAM, Verse, Indiana Review, Fourteen Hills, Rattle, and Defenestration. Her poem, "Cranberry sauce provides an improper dressing for the modern turkey" was just featured on Verse Daily.

The Cardiologist's Daughter, Natasha's first full-length poetry collection, was released by Two Sylvias Press in September 2014. 
- See more at: http://twosylviaspress.com/natasha-moni.html#sthash.TcIhhymb.dpuf
Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and a writer. Born in the North to native Dutch and East Indian parents and raised in the South, she finds home in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in journals including: DIAGRAM, Verse, Indiana Review, Fourteen Hills, Rattle, and Defenestration. Her poem, "Cranberry sauce provides an improper dressing for the modern turkey" was just featured on Verse Daily.

The Cardiologist's Daughter, Natasha's first full-length poetry collection, was released by Two Sylvias Press in September 2014. 
- See more at: http://twosylviaspress.com/natasha-moni.html#sthash.TcIhhymb.dpuf
Event address: 
King's Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402