Poetry Night Features “WA 129,” Poems About Washington

Enjoy an evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a hearty, soul-warming poetry stew. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder. Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

October’s featured poet is Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, a native of Buffalo, New York who earned his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1996. His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices. These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Dave Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection, The Tangled Line, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Bugle was the winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. Marshall was also awarded the Humanities Washington Award in 2015 for creativity and service. He lives in Spokane and teaches creative writing and literature at Gonzaga University, where he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities.

Marshall’s latest project is WA 129, a compilation of work featuring 129 poets, some published for the first time, honoring Washington’s 129 years of statehood. Each poem beautifully describes a deeply felt connection to Washington through poems of cherished hometowns, Washington’s wondrous landscapes, racial divisions and cultures, experiences only found in this great state, and a variety of other topics. Marshall invites WA 129 contributors to join him in reading their contributions to the book and forthcoming digital version.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Angst Gallery and the show starts at 7 p.m. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Above image: Mount Rainier

Leave a Comment