meet some laureates

June 13, 2022

Marie Marchand
photo by Sami Jo

Laura Da’
photo by Dean Davis

Sah Pham

CMarie Fuhrman
photo by Dean Davis

Stacy Boe Miller

Fiona Tinwei Lam
photo by Holly Hoffman

Louise Bernice Halfe / Sky Dancer
photo: Library of Parliament


Appointments for the poets laureate of cities, states, and nations do not run on a single schedule. Terms of service vary and some terms have been extended thanks to recent disruptions.

Here are a number of recent-ish appointments in the Cascadia region (for more, see additional poets laureate posts):

Marie Marchand began her one-year term (renewable for up to three years) as the first Poet Laureate of Ellensburg, Washington, in April 2022.

Laura Da’ is the 2022-2023 Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington.

Sah Pham is the 2022/23 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate.

Appointed in 2021, CMarie Fuhrman is the Idaho State Poet Laureate and Writer in Residence.

Stacy Boe Miller is the 2021-2024 Poet Laureate of Moscow, Idaho.

Fiona Tinwei Lam is the 2022-2024 Poet Laureate of Vancouver, British Columbia.

And last, but not least, Louise Bernice Halfe — Sky Dancer became Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate on January 1, 2021, and will serve a two-year term.

We congratulate these poets and thank them for bringing the voice and spirit of poetry into communities across the country.

happening soon!

October 12, 2020

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with an evening of powerful words and art, featuring Laura Da’, Sasha LaPointe, Hailey Tayathy, and Arianne True, hosted by D.A. Navoti. Today, Monday, October 12, 2020, 7:00pm. This Hugo House event is free, but you must register for the event link.

WSBA finalists

July 18, 2019

And speaking of books (we were, yesterday), the Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards.

The finalists in poetry are

  • What We Do by Michele Bombardier, of Bainbridge Island (Kelsay Press)
  • The Book of Sharks by Rob Carney, formerly of Washington (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Instruments of the True Measure by Laura Da’, of Newcastle (University of Arizona Press)
  • Between Darkness and Trust by Lorraine Ferra, of Port Townsend (MoonPath Press)
  • The Slow Art by Sierra Golden, of Seattle (Bear Star Press)

See the complete list of finalists in all categories and stay tuned for the announcement of the winners at a free public awards ceremony and reception on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 7:00pm, at the Central Library, Seattle. Congratulations one and all!

It seems like National Poetry Month has burst its seams and is spilling over into May. There’s a lot of poetry going on, including what promises to be a terrific reading on Thursday, May 9, 2019, when poets Martha Silano and Laura Da’ read from their latest books, Gravity Assist and Instruments of the True Measure (respectively). Join them at 7:00pm in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven.

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