A list of prominent works that could only have emerged from our state’s history, culture, and spirit.
Tod Marshall does not lead a life of poetic contemplation—he races across the state in a blur of readings and workshops. For the end of National Poetry Month, here’s a sample of what he’s learned.
The poet and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist on reading “The Brothers Karamozov” in one night, her love of “Middlemarch,” and how she can’t seem to return a library book.
Yes, words can provide comfort, says the Washington State Poet Laureate. But immense power lies in how they point us to uncertainty—“a space within us being made ready for the stars.”
If the Washington State Poet Laureate is ever banished to a desert island, you’ll find him re-enacting Whitman poems in the surf.
The new Washington State Poet Laureate on why poetry matters, the insidiousness of the “Hidden Deep Meaning,” and why Spokane is a writers’ town.
“Sometimes, we can pick our routes / We can choose to say connect and mean closer together.”
The series, scheduled for fall 2016, will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning and -nominated poets together for live conversations.
The Washington State Book Award winner is the first Eastern Washington resident to hold the position.
After leading poetry workshops for inmates at two maximum security prisons, Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen briefly reflects.