WA129 featured poems

July 18, 2017

Humanities Washington has launched a feature series, posting selected poems from WA129, the anthology compiled by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. The first three poets are Sherman Alexie, Mary Eliza Crane, and Claudia Castro Luna. Visit Part I of the series and subscribe to stay in the loop on Humanities Washington goings-on.

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Cascades train track. Photo: Alex Robert

a hard act to follow

May 19, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next poet laureate. The poet laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including Washington’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, and presentations in communities throughout the state. The new laureate will serve from February 1, 2018, to January 31, 2020. Washington joined several other states in appointing an official state poet laureate in 2007.

The position is sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and Humanities Washington, with the support of Governor Jay Inslee. Current laureate Tod Marshall has driven thousands of miles and held hundreds of poetry workshops and readings across Washington State since February 2016. Marshall, a Washington State Book Award-winning poet and Gonzaga professor, is in the second year of his two-year term. A list of his upcoming events is available via Humanities Washington’s website and the state poet laureate’s blog.

Applications are due July 31, 2017. Read more about the position and download the guidelines at ArtsWA.

Launch party

April 7, 2017

The public is cordially invited to a special reading to celebrate National Poetry Month and the launch of State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall’s state-wide poetry anthology, WA129, which includes a poet for each year of Washington statehood.

The event will feature live music from The Bushwick Book Club of Seattle. Light refreshments will be served. Readings and recitations from anthology contributors, Tod Marshall, and special guests.

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The State Reception Room, 3rd floor, Legislative Building
State Capitol Campus, Olympia

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested at Humanities Washington.

More on Facebook and Washington 129.

WA129 is a project of the Washington State Poet Laureate Program, funded by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. The anthology is designed and published by Sage Hill Press, Spokane.

Pulitzers tonight

October 6, 2016

Pulitzers in Person

Humanities Washington, Copper Canyon Press, and the Pulitzer Prizes invite you to tune in to a live-stream webcast of Pulitzers in Person: a tribute to the work of the legendary poets W.S. Merwin and Lucille Clifton. The panel features poets Ellen Bass, Maurice Manning, and Camille Rankine in conversation about what makes the work of these two Pulitzer-recognized writers so extraordinary.

The live stream begins at 7:00pm (Pacific) this evening, Thursday, October 6, 2016, here: https://www.therootschannel.com/media/honoring-ws-merwin-lucille-clifton.

This is the first of three Pulitzers in Person events. The series continues November 3 and December 7, 2016.

big shoes

January 11, 2016

Washington State Poet Laureate (2016-2018)

On February 1, 2016, when Tod Marshall assumes his role as the fourth Washington State Poet Laureate, he has big shoes to fill. Since 2007, when Samuel Green became the state’s first poet laureate, followed by Kathleen Flenniken (2012-2014) and Elizabeth Austen (2014-2016), the residents of the Evergreen State have been treated to a truly impressive array of poetry.

Through our poets laureate, poetry readings, workshops, classes, exhibits and publications have reached every corner of the state, and every county in between. The amount of vision, creativity, time and sheer energy required is difficult to imagine, especially given that the job of poet laureate comes in addition to, not instead of, ‘regular’ work.

We have been exceedingly fortunate in our poets laureate and extend a warm welcome to Tod Marshall, who will bring a new voice and new vision to Washington poetry in the coming months.

You can find additional details on Governor Jay Inslee’s appointment of Marshall on Spark, the online magazine of Humanities Washington.
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photo by Amy Sinisterra

laurelWhile Elizabeth Austen continues to serve as Washington State Poet Laureate into 2016, the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and Humanities Washington are seeking applications for the 2016-2018 Poet Laureate. The job calls for tremendous commitment, vision, creativity, energy and time. See descriptions of the role and details on the application process on the Humanities Washington website. Applications are due July 31, 2015.

talk about it

January 16, 2015

think & DRINK

In response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Humanities Washington is holding a special Think & Drink at Naked City next Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Grab a drink and talk with political cartoonist Milt Priggee, Islamic scholar David Fenner, and KUOW’s Ross Reynolds about freedom of expression, religious extremism and cultural sensitivities.

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