Sept. 10-22: Poetry Events Abound Throughout the Evergreen State

Plus: Think & Drink conversation in Yakima Sept. 19 looks at forest fires and fire management, and Humanities Washington celebrates its first Speakers Bureau presentation of 2012-14.

This Week & Next highlights upcoming events and news from Humanities Washington, our many community partners and like-minded organizations around the state.

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THIS WEEK (Sept. 10-15, 2012)

Kathleen Flenniken

Kathleen Flenniken


SEATTLE – Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken kicks of two weeks full of poetry with a reading at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library at 11 a.m. Sept. 13 [Details]. This free public library provides access for Washingtonians who cannot read standard printed material.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 12)

BELLINGHAM – Samuel Green, the inaugural Washington State Poet Laureate, reads from his new book. First Up: Barnstorming for Poetry is a reflection on his work and travels as the state’s first official booster of poetry from 2007-09. Proceeds from its sale will provide support for future poet laureate program activities [Details].

NEXT WEEK (Sept. 16-22)

MONDAY (Sept. 17)

SEATTLE – The Seattle Public Library presents the free event An Evening with Junot Díaz, at Town Hall Seattle at 7 p.m. Díaz will read from This Is How You Lose Her, his first book since winning the Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 19)

YAKIMA – Join Humanities Washington for our latest Think & Drink conversation, Fire and Forests: From Smokey Bear to Taylor Bridge, a discussion about forest fires and fire management in Eastern Washington, led by John Marshall and Paul Hessburg [Details].

THURSDAY (Sept. 20)

GIG HARBOR – A reading and conversation with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken [Details].

FRIDAY (Sept. 21)

TIETON – LiTFUSE is an annual weekend-long poets’ workshop held in Tieton (near Yakima), sponsored by Tieton Arts & Humanities. The event is open to poets of all ages and styles. Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken will be one of the 11 accomplished instructors [Details].

Lance Rhoades

Lance Rhoades

SATURDAY (Sept. 22)

MERCER ISLAND – Speakers Bureau’s Lance Rhoades, American Indians in Cinema: Portrayals and Participation, Onscreen and Behind the Scene [Details]. This is the inaugural presentation by our new Speakers Bureau 2012-14 cohort!

TIETON – LiTFUSE continues in Tieton, celebrating poetry throughout the Mighty Tieton grounds [Details].

KIRKLAND – The 2012 Northwest Bookfest brings readers, writers, publishers and authors together through panels, classes and readings held at a two-day festival celebrating the literary arts in the Puget Sound region [Details].

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