May 14-26: Baskas Gets ‘Unusual’ in the Puget Sound, Plenty of Poetry and More

Speakers Bureau’s Harriet Baskas brings her roadside attraction talk to three towns during a week rich with free public programs from Humanities Washington, our partners and friends.

This Week & Next highlights upcoming events and news from Humanities Washington, our many community partners and like-minded organizations around the state. Look for the latest edition every Monday morning.

THIS WEEK (MAY 14-19, 2012)

Spark Pick

Speaker Bureau’s Harriet Baskas is all over the Puget Sound this week, bringing What Is That?: Unusual and Offbeat People, Places, Things, and Events in Washington State to ANACORTES Wednesday (May 16) [details], FRIDAY HARBOR Thursday (May 17) [details] and REDMOND Saturday (May 19) [details]. The award-winning author and radio producer’s talk explores roadside attractions and other cultural icons, revealing some of the hidden history of Washington.

Spark magazine recently conducted a 5 Questions interview with Baskas.

Also From Humanities Washington

For a more visual look at all our upcoming events, make sure to check out our regularly updated calendar at

Speakers Bureau:

• Anu Taranath, Global Literature: How Learning About “Over There” Helps Us Understand “Over Here,” in LACEY today (May 14) [details].

• Lynne Iglitzin, Trailblazing Photojournalist: Margaret Bourke-White, in BAINBRIDGE ISLAND Friday (May 18) [details].

• Mary Michaelson, Finding Aunt Phoebe: My Search for the True Life of Phoebe Goodell Judson, in LYNDEN Saturday (May 19) [details].

Washington State Poet Laureate: Kathleen Flenniken, reading in LONGVIEW today (May 14) [details].

From Our Partners,
With Support From Humanities Washington

Judith Roche

Judith Roche

Mid-Columbia Literary Festival: Judith Roche, The Poetics of Place — Expressing Your Sense of Place through Poetry workshop, in PASCO Thursday (May 17) [details]. (Check out Spark magazine’s 5 Questionsinterview with Roche.)

Museum of History & Industry: History Café, featuring “History Is _____” films, in SEATTLE Thursday (May 17) [details].

Seattle Arts & Lecture’s Poetry Series: Poets Matthew and Michael Dickman in SEATTLE Tuesday (May 15) [details].

Skagit River Poetry Festival: A Celtic Night [details] and Poet’s Table Dinner [details], both Thursday (May 17), and an eventing with Carolyn Forché, Tony Hoagland, Patrick Lane and The Fugitives Friday (May 18) [details], all in LA CONNER.

Other items of interest

Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities at the University of Washington: Diana Taylor, Taking to the Streets: Arts and Activism in the America, in SEATTLE Tuesday (May 15) [details].

University of Washington Bothell: Master of Arts in Cultural Studies Graduate Research Conference in BOTHELL Friday (May 18) [details].

NEXT WEEK (MAY 20-26, 2012)

From Humanities Washington

Speakers Bureau:

• Rebecca Hom, Climbing Gold Mountain, Fum Sahn: Chinese Pioneers in the Western Frontier, in NINE MILE FALLS (May 22) [details], COLVILLE (May 23) [details], KETTLE FALLS (May 23) [details] and NORTHPORT (May 24) [details].

• Bruce and Susan Matley, Harnessing the Stories and Songs of Cowboys and Cowgirls, in Newport (May 24) [details].

From Our Partners,
With Support From Humanities Washington

Mid-Columbia Literary Festival: Memoirist Augusten Burroughs in PASCO (May 23) [details].

Which events are you looking forward to? Let us know!

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