Video: New State Poet Laureate Reads “The Girl Who Goes Alone”

Watch the state’s new poet laureate read “The Girl Who Goes Alone,” a work on venturing out, alone, as a woman.

  • February 12, 2014
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  • By Abby Rhinehart

Humanities Washington is excited to welcome our new Washington State Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Austen! Austen’s poetry trends towards the personal, touching on issues such as courage, relationships and women’s societal roles. One of her works that exemplifies these themes is “The Girl Who Goes Alone,” which Austen read at Town Hall Seattle last year.


What: The Passing of the Laurel: Elizabeth Austen and Kathleen Flenniken
3 p.m. Feb. 16, 2014 
Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N. 45th Street Seattle,98103 [Details]
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Questions? Contact Abby Rhinehart at

As poet laureate, Austen will build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including the state’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in public settings in around the state.

Join Austen and 2012-14 Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken Sunday (Feb. 16) for a reading and passing of the laurel at Open Books in Seattle. [Details]

2 thoughts on “Video: New State Poet Laureate Reads “The Girl Who Goes Alone””

  1. Powerful stuff. The Washington State Poet Laureate program appears to be in good hands.

    Thanks to HumWA for sharing!


  2. Rebecca Hom says:

    Wonderful! Austen speaks what my heart holds. Thank you

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