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Yakima Think & Drink guest speakers and educators Maria Cuevas and Dr. Joy Howard outline what is needed to ensure equal access to education by all students.
Bamsmackpow.com reviews Sequential Reaction: A History of the American Comic Book, by 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau Presenter Andrew Wahl.
Jennifer K. Stuller of Humanities Washington's 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau talks with KUOW's Marcie Sillman about Gamergate, and what it reveals about our culture.
The International Examiner covers Humanities Washington's recent Think & Drink event, 'Loud and Proud: Asian Americans and Civil Rights."
Guest Columnist Dr. Daudi Abe writes about the cultural transition and fluidity of hip-hop. Dr. Abe is a Seattle College Professor who was a featured speaker in September 2014 for two Humanities Washington Think & Drink events exploring the topic of race in music.
The Seattle Times provides advance coverage for 2014 Humanities Washington Award recipients, historian Lorraine McConaghy of Seattle and humanities civic leader Liz Burroughs of Spokane.
UW Professors Lance Rhoades and Shawn Wong were highlighted in an article about Humanities Washington's 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau Roster.
Crosscut.com Journalist Valerie Easton talks with Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen about poetry, and her new role.
The Seattle Times profiles Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen.
Think & Drink panelist and Speakers Bureau presenter Claudia Rowe writes about her experience at the Think & Drink "On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education" on the Seattle Times blog. Humanities Washington Photography Intern Felim So's image accompanies the article.
The West Seattle Herald covers the appearances of Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen and author Harold Taw.
The Bellingham Herald previews author Janet Oakley's book, "Timber Rose."
Seattle Magazine profiles new Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen. This also appeared in the print edition.
Seattle Repertory Theater writes about Think & Drink on their blog.
The WA Secretary of State Blogs covers the reading by new Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen.
Crosscut's Florangela Davis interviews Elizabeth Austen.
The News Tribune (Tacoma) on Speakers Bureau's Antonio Davidson-Gomez.
KUOW's Steve Scher interviews Elizabeth Austen on being the new Washington State Poet Laureate
Speakers Bureau's Tom Keogh writes about the many incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for Humanities magazine.
Speakers Bureau's Jeanne Kohl-Welles on KUOW's The Conversation.
KUOW journalist Ross Reynolds interviews Speakers Bureau presenter Eva Abram.
Speakers Bureau's Lorraine McConaghy talks Tukwila's Civil War history.
The Bremerton Patriot reports on Kathleen Flenniken's visit to Fairview Junior High.
Executive Director Julie Ziegler is interviewed in Humanities Magazine.
The Washington Beer Blog opines about Humanities Washington's Think & Drink program.
Humanities Washington, the Smithsonian and Central Washington University team on Journey Stories exhibit in Ellensburg.
The Seattle Times' Mary Ann Gwinn interviews 2012-14 Washington state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken.
Op-Ed by Julie Ziegler and Michael Zimmerman published in the Spokane Journal of Business.
Publishers Weekly talks to bestselling author Jamie Ford about his new novel – and its origins at Humanities Washington’s annual Bedtime Stories event.
Op-Ed by Julie Ziegler, Alex Zimmerman and Michael Zimmerman is published in the Everett Herald.
The Lake Chelan Mirror interviews author Richard Farr about Robert Falcon Scott's historic Antarctic expeditions.
Speakers Bureau's William Woodward is on KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds.
Julie Ziegler and Michael Zimmerman's co-written Op-Ed for the Seattle Times.
The Seattle Times interviews Jamie Ford about his latest, Songs of Willow Frost, and Ford mentions Bedtime Stories.
Cowlitz County commissioner Dennis Weber (R) wrote an op-ed in the Longview Daily News in support of funding for the NEH.
The UW Daily's story on Charles Johnson receiving the Humanities Washington Award.
Appleseed Media posts the audio from the Think & Drink in Yakima on Urban Planning.
Whidbey Life Magazine does a retrospective on Flenniken's visit to Whidbey Island.
Adrian Rogers of The Spokesman-Review interviews Bedtime Stories Spokane author Shann Ray in advance of the event about the story he wrote for the gala.
The Inlander's Luke Baumgarten profiles the five Bedtime Stories Spokane authors Jess Walter, Shann Ray, Nance Van Winckel, Kim Barnes and Jim Lynch.
NPR's N3 reporter Anna King talks with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken about growing up in Richland and her new book "Plume" on June 20, 2012.
Claudia Rowe is interviewed on KUOW's The Conversation about the changing state of journalism.
Jennifer K. Stuller is interviewed on KUOW's The Conversation about female superheroes in pop culture.
Humanities Washington's Think & Drink program in Yakima is profiled as the Yakima Valley Herald explores new programming in wineries.
KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds interviews Julia Harrison about her Speakers Bureau presentation on the anthropology of sweets.
Humanities Washington addresses the importance of civility in an editorial placement with The Olympian.
KUOW's Ross Reynolds interviews Speakers Bureau presenter Alex Alben on The Conversation about the rise of digital technology and how it creates both connections and alienation.
A profile of Kathleen Flenniken in Seattle Magazine by Dana Standish.
Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken reads at Rhymes With Everett: The Favorite Poem Project
I went to a fascinating panel discussion last night at Renton Library sponsored by Humanities Washington, the Boeing Co., and KCLS.
The Tri-City Herald covers the appointment of Kathleen Flenniken as the 2012-14 Washington State Poet Laureate.
Karen West posts a nice feature story at Methow Grist about this year's Humanities Washington Award winner, folksinger and storyteller Hank Cramer.
Eastern Washington University Libraries is one of six institutions to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to expand access to archival digital collections.
I agree wholeheartedly with President Obama's Jan. 12 speech in Tucson, and his call for unity in wake of the Arizona tragedy.
NEH's Humanities magazine article on the grant-funded "Comics at the Crossroads: The Art of the Graphic Novel"
Bedtime stories took on a whole new slant when Humanities Washington got involved back in 1999.
ONE can hardly imagine even Seattle's Nancy Pearl has a bookcase large enough to display another award, but she was in San Diego Friday to be honored at the midwinter conference of The American Library Association.
My day is the reverse of what a day is for most people. Typically, I'm up working all night until 5 or 6 AM, the same kind of schedule kept by Descartes and Balzac.
Transcript and Audio
In an interview originally published in 2010, 2014 Humanities Washington Award recipient and historian Lorraine McConaghy reflects on the legacy of broadcaster Jean Shepherd.
Lake Chelan Mirror Editor Gary Begin sat down with Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen during her recent stop in Chelan during a 12-city Washington tour. “Tell someone you’re going into the woods alone and they’ll story your head with trailside cougar attacks, cave dwelling misogynists, lightning strikes, forest fires, flash floods, and psychopaths with a sixth sense for a woman alone in a tent.” from “The Girl Who Goes Alone” by Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen. CHELAN - She started writing poetry just after she learned to walk and write. That was it. Walk, write, poetry. She’s been in the arts ever since. At first Elizabeth Austen was a trained classical Shakespearian actress, but at some point in her “early 30’s” she decided to leave the stage and become a poet. Her poetic philosophy is a simple one, “I discover what it is I have to say in the process of writing,” she said during a recent phone interview. “I do not sit down with an agenda.” Austen says when she writes she is “following my pen” and states she is influenced by her acting training when on stage reading her poetry, but is not trying to be dramatic. Like Shakespeare she says that “language is delicious in the mouth” and intrinsically musical. Her most influential poetic inspiration was poet Jack Nyer whom she mentored under while studying for her master’s of fine arts degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Some of her poems are specifically written for performance, such as the above quoted “Girl” and others do best on the printed page. Austen just finished a 12 day road trip which included the Chelan library. She plans on travelling to all 39 counties in the state as part of her two year tenure as poet laureate. Austen plans on visiting Douglas and Okanogan county libraries or community centers sometime next spring or summer. One of the turning points in her poetic career came a few years back when she was commissioned to write a piece for the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, a non-profit community writing center. That’s when she wrote “The Girl Who Goes Alone” and, she says, “the sense of who I am changed with that poem.” That poem is about risk taking and was favorably responded to by “both men and women.” Exactly what Austen wants as part of her mission as poet laureate, to be able to reach adults ... of both sexes. “My aim is to reach adults,” she said. Unlike some of the previous poets for the state that were purposely reaching out for children and youngsters. Austen will spend most of her readings in public libraries, some schools, community centers and tribal centers during her pilgrimage to bring verse to rural, urban and points in between. Austen in the “wilderness” of Washington ... just like the girl who goes alone in her poem.