For the West Coast debut of her memoir Poetry’s Possible Worlds, Lesley Wheeler leads a reading and discussion about what reading and writing poetry can do for individuals and communities. According to cognitive scientists, the experience of “literary transportation”—getting lost in a book—can change a person, starting with small physical alterations in heartrate and respiration, but sometimes extending to transforming attitudes. The artistic experience of “flow” has parallel effects; a regular practice of expressive writing can calm and sometimes even heal. Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest along with Jeannine Hall Gailey, Mita Mahato, Martha Silano, and Lesley Wheeler will share their own poems and poems by others, reflecting on how reading and writing help them cope with challenges including health crisis, environmental emergency, and personal and historical trauma.
Rena Priest is the current Washington State Poet Laureate. A member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, she is the author of Patriarchy Blues, which was honored with the 2018 American Book Award, and the recent Sublime Subliminal.
The Poet Laureate program 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.
- July 20, 2022
1634 11th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 United States
- Hugo House