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A Raucous Note

City Arts Online article about Tod Marshall

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"'Bug Chef' offers up unique tastes for adventurous eaters"

The News Tribune article about Speaker David George Gordon's event.

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"The New Washington State Poet Laureate is Funny at Interviews"

The Stranger article about Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall.

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"Washington's Poet Laureate"

Inlander article on Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall.

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"Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen Says Goodbye to the Job"

KUOW article on Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen.

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A Poetry Reading, With The Washington State Poet, At Fremont Library

A Fremocentrist article on Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen's reading.

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"Why we must keep talking about race, policing"

Seattle Times article on "Race and Policing" Think & Drink event.

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"State poet laureate to visit area"

Union Bulletin article on Elizabeth Austen's Speaker's Bureau event.

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"Professor Bartlett gives 555th lecture in Moses Lake"

Columbia Basin Herald article on Robert Bartlett's Speaker's Bureau event.

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"‘Frankenstein’ comes to the Gig Harbor library with Humanities Washington lecturer"

The News Tribune article on Lance Rhoades' Speaker's Bureau event.

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"Washington music legends subject of museum lecture"

Columbia Basin Herald article on Amanda Wilde's Speaker's Bureau event.

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"Dinner and a book for Grantham families"

KXLY article on Prime Time Family Reading Program.

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"Sharing WWII history: First all-black paratrooper unit got Northwest start"

Redmond Reporter article on Robert Bartlett's Speaker's Bureau event.

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"Race and justice forum strikes a chord locally"

Yakima Herald article on “Race, Justice & Democracy” panel.

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"Yakima joins much-needed discussion of race, justice"

Yakima Herald article on Race & Justice panel.

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"Race and justice town hall Thursday in Yakima"

Yakima Herald article on Race & Justice panel.

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"‘Black paratroopers’ topic of First Friday Lecture"

PT Leader article on Robert L. Bartlett's Speaker's Bureau.

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" The Chat with comic-book guru and Everett CC professor T. Andrew Wahl"

Herald Net article on T. Andrew Wahl's Speaker's Bureau event.

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"Social Media: The True Threat to Digital Privacy"

GovTech article on Alex Alben's Speaker's Bureau event.

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"Cartoonist Priggee engages EWU students"

Eastern 24/7 on Milt Priggee's Speakers Bureau presentation

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"A Philosopher And An Atmospheric Scientist Walk Into A Bar"

KUOW on Humanities Washington's Think & Drink event on geoengineering and climate change.

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"Walk It Out: Hiking and Writing 
with Washington’s 
Poet Laureate"

Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen's interview with City Arts.

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"Jennifer Stuller; Feminism at Her Finest"

The Clipper on geek feminist Jennifer Stuller.

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"Delve into gaming culture issues, lessons at Langley Library"

South Whidbey Record on Humanities Washington event "Using Their Powers for Good: Geektivists, Geek Grrls, and Gaymers"

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"UW professor explores how different religions treat human beings"

Herald Net on Humanities Washington event "Religion vs. Human Rights: Allies or Enemies?"

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"Thursday museum talk is 'Ripe for the Telling'"

The Columbian on Humanities Washington event "Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington's Fruit."

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"Tasty evening, writing on race and Wayne 'The Train' in Spokane tonight"

Inlander on Humanities Washington's Think & Drink event "Writing in the Margins: Race in Literature"

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"Washington State Joins National Effort to Enhance the Liberal Arts"

The Huffington Post on Washington State joining the Association of American Colleges and University's (AAC&U) signature program for liberal education.

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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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