Join Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest as she builds awareness and appreciation of poetry, including the state’s legacy of poetry, through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations across the state.
Priest, a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, is the author of Patriarchy Blues, which was honored with the 2018 American Book Award, and the recent Sublime Subliminal. She has also received the Allied Arts Foundation 2020 Professional Poets Award, and residency fellowships from Hawthornden Castle, Hedgebrook, and Mineral School. She is a National Geographic Explorer and a 2019 Jack Straw Writer. Priest’s work can be found in Poetry Northwest, Pontoon Poetry, Verse Daily, Poem-a-Day at Poets.org, and elsewhere. She has taught at Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College. Priest holds a BA in English from Western Washington University and an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.
The poet laureate is sponsored by Humanities Washington and The Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA, with the support of Governor Jay Inslee. See the full website of the poet laureate here.
Poet laureate events are produced by the hosting organization.
- November 5, 2021
Registration info to come
- Whatcom Literacy Council