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"How poetry can help us say the unsayable"

Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen's editorial featured in The Seattle Times.

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"Museum Presents Stories of Fruit Conversation May 14"

Ellensburg's The Daily Record on Speakers Bureau presenter Julia Harrison's talk, "Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington Fruit."

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"Gonzaga Poet, Professor Tod Marshall to Receive Humanities Washington Award"

Gonzaga University News reports on Tod Marshall receiving the 2015 Humanities Washington award.

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"Humanities Washington honors poet Marshall"

The Spokesman-Review's interview with Spokane poet Tod Marshall.

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"Poet Laureate speaks at Library"

The Wahkiakum County Eagle's interview with Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen

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"Etc - Yakima musician to talk 'fandango' at library"

The Union-Bulletin covers Yakima-based musician and writer Yesenia Hunter's presentation on 'fandango.'

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"Program at the Ave celebrates National Poetry Month"

The Auburn Reporter announces Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen's readings program taking place in Auburn, WA.

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"How to protect privacy in the digital age: a constitutional amendment"

An editorial in The Seattle Times by Speakers Bureau presenter Alex Alben.

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"Poetry, glass and art on the horizon this year at Maryhill Museum"

The Daily Sun News announces Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen's poetry workshops.

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"State’s poet laureate coming to Twisp"

Methow Valley News Online announces Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen coming to Twisp for a poetry reading.

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"State poet laureate to visit Gig Harbor Library"

Gateline.com announces Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen's poetry reading.

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"Princess Theatre kicks off ‘Community Conversations’ series April 10"

The Tri-City Herald covers several conversation series collaborating with Humanities Washington.

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"BOOKS: ‘Seeing Comics Through the Lens of History’"

The Bellingham Herald covers Humanities Washington's presentation by T. Andrew Wahl on comic book heroes.

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"Poems Deliver Sunflowers For Fukushima, Foxglove For Oso"

KUOW covers poem readings from former Redmond Poet Laureate Jeannine Hall Gailey and Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen.

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"Race and diversity in sports"

The Spokesman-Review announces a Think & Drink event

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"Washington Poet Laureate Reflects On First Year On Job"

KUOW's interview with Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen

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"The History, And Future, Of 'Je Suis Charlie'"

KUOW on Charlie Hebdo Think & Drink event

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"Award winning poet to speak at Cathlamet Library on Friday"

The Wahkiakum County Eagle announces a poetry reading and discussion by Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen.

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"Washington state's poet laureate gives reading at BIMA"

Bainbridge Island Review invites the public for a poetry reading at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

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"Racism in films"

The Spokesman-Review covers Humanities Washington's Think & Drink event on racism in films.

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"Thinking, Drinking and Agreeing to Disagree"

The Inlander on Spokane's Charlie Hebdo Think & Drink event

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"A Political Cartoonist and an Islam Expert Walk Into a Bar and Talk about Charlie Hebdo" - from The Stranger

The Stranger's Slog covers Humanities Washington's Think & Drink in response to Charlie Hebdo.

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Poet Tod Marshall Featured on KUOW

Washington State Poet Laureate and KUOW host Elizabeth Austen interviewed Tod Marshall, sharing a poem he wrote in honor of Humanities Washington's Bedtime Stories Fundraiser, with listeners.

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Connecting Community Through Art

Yakima Magazine writer Robin Salts Beckett talks with 2015-2016 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau presenter Yesenia Hunter, about how she connects community through art.

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Washington Poet Laureate To Headline Poetry Events in Langley This Week

South Whidbey Record reporter Kate Daniel talks with Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen about the poetry reading and workshop events she will lead in Langley this week.

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How Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen Began Writing Poetry

Lake Chelan Mirror Editor Gary Begin interviewed Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen during a recent appearance in Chelan.

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Illuminating the Darkness

Social worker turned novelist (and 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau presenter) Dorothy Van Soest spoke with contributing writer Joe Martin of Real Change about how she uses fiction to shine a light on the death penalty in America.

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Fire Stories Woven Together in "BURN" at The Merc

The Methow Valley News previews “BURN: Stories of the Fire,” a play about the Carlton Complex fires of 2014.

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Editorial: All Children Deserve Equal Access to Education

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.

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A History of the American Comic Book

Bamsmackpow.com reviews Sequential Reaction: A History of the American Comic Book, by 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau Presenter Andrew Wahl.

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GeekGirlCon Co-Founder J.K. Stuller Demystifies Gamergate

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.

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Asian American & Civil Rights in Washington State

The International Examiner covers Humanities Washington's recent Think & Drink event, 'Loud and Proud: Asian Americans and Civil Rights."

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Macklemore, Iggy Azalea and the Emergence of White Hip-Hop

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.

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2014 Humanities Washington Award Recipients Announced

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.

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Talking with Shawn Wong and Lance Rhoades

UW Professors Lance Rhoades and Shawn Wong were highlighted in an article about Humanities Washington's 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau Roster.

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The Poetry on the Washington's Poet Laureate's Shelf

Crosscut.com Journalist Valerie Easton talks with Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen about poetry, and her new role.

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New State Poet Laureate Encourages Adults to Explore Poetry

The Seattle Times profiles Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen.

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Exploring the Racial Divide in Education

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.

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Elizabeth Austen and Harold Taw Present in West Seattle

The West Seattle Herald covers the appearances of Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen and author Harold Taw.

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"Timber Rose" and the Life of an Outdoorswoman

The Bellingham Herald previews author Janet Oakley's book, "Timber Rose."

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Meet Washington's New Poet Laureate: Elizabeth Austen

Seattle Magazine profiles new Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen. This also appeared in the print edition.

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Think & Drink: A Look at Racial Segregation and Apartheid

Seattle Repertory Theater writes about Think & Drink on their blog.

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Secretary of State, Senate, Welcome New Poet Laureate

The WA Secretary of State Blogs covers the reading by new Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen.

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Meet Elizabeth Austen, Washington's new poet laureate

Crosscut's Florangela Davis interviews Elizabeth Austen.

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How Popular Songs Connect to Culture

The News Tribune (Tacoma) on Speakers Bureau's Antonio Davidson-Gomez.

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Elizabeth Austen Named 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

KUOW's Steve Scher interviews Elizabeth Austen on being the new Washington State Poet Laureate

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Long Live Sherlock Holmes

Speakers Bureau's Tom Keogh writes about the many incarnations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for Humanities magazine.

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An Update on Washington's Goal to End Human Trafficking

Speakers Bureau's Jeanne Kohl-Welles on KUOW's The Conversation.

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A History of Slavery in the Washington Territory

KUOW journalist Ross Reynolds interviews Speakers Bureau presenter Eva Abram.

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Tukwila's pioneers fought in Civil War | Tukwila's Story

Speakers Bureau's Lorraine McConaghy talks Tukwila's Civil War history.

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Washington Poet Laureate visits Fairview

The Bremerton Patriot reports on Kathleen Flenniken's visit to Fairview Junior High.

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Julie Ziegler: How the Humanities Engage

Executive Director Julie Ziegler is interviewed in Humanities Magazine.

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Think & Drink: How Local Pubs and Conversation Build Community

The Washington Beer Blog opines about Humanities Washington's Think & Drink program.

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In Their Shoes: CWU Exhibit Tells Locals' Stories Through Footwear

Humanities Washington, the Smithsonian and Central Washington University team on Journey Stories exhibit in Ellensburg.

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From Hanford Engineer, To Poet

The Seattle Times' Mary Ann Gwinn interviews 2012-14 Washington state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken.

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Humanities important to economy

Op-Ed by Julie Ziegler and Michael Zimmerman published in the Spokane Journal of Business.

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BEA 2013: Jamie Ford: Depression-Era Novel

Publishers Weekly talks to bestselling author Jamie Ford about his new novel – and its origins at Humanities Washington’s annual Bedtime Stories event.

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Teaching the humanities bolsters ingenuity

Op-Ed by Julie Ziegler, Alex Zimmerman and Michael Zimmerman is published in the Everett Herald.

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From The Antarctic to Entiat: Emperors of the Ice

The Lake Chelan Mirror interviews author Richard Farr about Robert Falcon Scott's historic Antarctic expeditions.

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What Baseball Tells Us about American Culture

Speakers Bureau's William Woodward is on KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds.

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Guest: How the humanities support economy

Julie Ziegler and Michael Zimmerman's co-written Op-Ed for the Seattle Times.

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Jamie Ford writes about ‘a different world’ — 1920s-’30s Seattle

The Seattle Times interviews Jamie Ford about his latest, Songs of Willow Frost, and Ford mentions Bedtime Stories.

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Guest Column: Preserve funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Cowlitz County commissioner Dennis Weber (R) wrote an op-ed in the Longview Daily News in support of funding for the NEH.

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Charles Johnson Receives 2013 Humanities Washington Award

The UW Daily's story on Charles Johnson receiving the Humanities Washington Award.

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Yakima Think and Drink [Urban Planning]

Appleseed Media posts the audio from the Think & Drink in Yakima on Urban Planning.

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SPOTLIGHT: An update on Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken’s visit to Whidbey Island

Whidbey Life Magazine does a retrospective on Flenniken's visit to Whidbey Island.

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The Power Of Forgiveness

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.

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Streams of Consciousness

The Inlander's Luke Baumgarten profiles the five Bedtime Stories Spokane authors Jess Walter, Shann Ray, Nance Van Winckel, Kim Barnes and Jim Lynch.

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Washington's Poet Laureate Reflects On Growing Up Near Hanford In New Book

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.

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The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism And What It Means For You

Claudia Rowe is interviewed on KUOW's The Conversation about the changing state of journalism.

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Author Jennifer Stuller On Superwomen In Modern Mythology

Jennifer K. Stuller is interviewed on KUOW's The Conversation about female superheroes in pop culture.

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Yakima Valley Wineries Are Increasingly Partnering with Cultural Organizations

Humanities Washington's Think & Drink program in Yakima is profiled as the Yakima Valley Herald explores new programming in wineries.

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Julia Harrison Sees The World Through Her Sweet Tooth

KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds interviews Julia Harrison about her Speakers Bureau presentation on the anthropology of sweets.

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Humanities Washington on the Importance of Civility

Humanities Washington addresses the importance of civility in an editorial placement with The Olympian.

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Alex Alben On How Digital Technology Rewrote Our Future

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.

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Kathleen Flenniken Exercises Her Poetic License

A profile of Kathleen Flenniken in Seattle Magazine by Dana Standish.

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Rhymes With Everett Finds the Words That Speak to Us

Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken reads at Rhymes With Everett: The Favorite Poem Project

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Panel at Renton Library "Crosses the GR8 Divide"

I went to a fascinating panel discussion last night at Renton Library sponsored by Humanities Washington, the Boeing Co., and KCLS.

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Kathleen Flenniken Named Washington State Poet Laureate

The Tri-City Herald covers the appointment of Kathleen Flenniken as the 2012-14 Washington State Poet Laureate.

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Hank Cramer Wins 2011 Humanities Washington Award

Karen West posts a nice feature story at Methow Grist about this year's Humanities Washington Award winner, folksinger and storyteller Hank Cramer.

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EWU Libraries Receives NEH Grant

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.

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Humanities Washington Trustee David Freece on Unity in the Wake of Tragedy

I agree wholeheartedly with President Obama's Jan. 12 speech in Tucson, and his call for unity in wake of the Arizona tragedy.

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Comics and the Classical Tradition

NEH's Humanities magazine article on the grant-funded "Comics at the Crossroads: The Art of the Graphic Novel"

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Stories That May Keep You Up Past Your Bedtime

Bedtime stories took on a whole new slant when Humanities Washington got involved back in 1999.

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Bedtime Stories Host Nancy Pearl Named Librarian of the Year

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.

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Day in the Life of Bedtime Stories Author Charles Johnson

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.

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