Tod Marshall

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

Free Poetry Workshop with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Clark College and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, with support from the Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington, are bringing Tod Marshall, Washington State’s Poet Laureate, to town.Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is serving as the poet laureate from 2016-2018. He is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. Marshall is coming to Clark County in part to celebrate the release of “WA 129,” the state-wide poetry anthology highlighting the breadth and depth of poetry within our state, with a poet selected for each year of Washington statehood.

Marshall will be participating in several events around town, but local aspiring poets will have a chance to write poetry under his tutelage during a hands-on poetry workshop at the Vancouver Community Library. The workshop, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, will include a close reading a few contemporary poems, then students will choose one of the poems as a model for their own poetic works. Students will complete a first draft in class. No previous writing experience is necessary—just enthusiasm! And maybe a pencil.

The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about library programs and events at this and other libraries, visit www.fvrl.org.

Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate

Clark College and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, with support from the Washington State Arts Commission and Humanities Washington, are bringing Tod Marshall, Washington State’s Poet Laureate, to town.Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is serving as the poet laureate from 2016-2018. He is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. Marshall is coming to Clark County in part to celebrate the release of “WA 129,” the state-wide poetry anthology highlighting the breadth and depth of poetry within our state, with a poet selected for each year of Washington statehood.

Marshall will be participating in several events around town, but local aspiring poets will have a chance to write poetry under his tutelage during a hands-on poetry workshop at the Vancouver Community Library. The workshop, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, will include a close reading a few contemporary poems, then students will choose one of the poems as a model for their own poetic works. Students will complete a first draft in class. No previous writing experience is necessary—just enthusiasm! And maybe a pencil.

The Vancouver Community Library is located at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about library programs and events at this and other libraries, visit www.fvrl.org.

Free Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Ghost Town Poetry is hosting a special Poetry Workshop during its regular Open Mic Night at Angst Gallery, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The Poetry Workshop features Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who will be in town with hosts Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna to teach aspiring poets how to make the words go together more better. Marshall, a creative writing and literature teacher at Gonzaga University, is the winner of the 2015 Humanities Washington Award and 2009 finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

The workshop, titled “If You Ain’t No Place, You Can’t Go Nowhere” (See what I mean? Pure poetry), is limited to the first 28 people who sign up by emailing Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com. Attendees will explore ways to connect their imaginations to the landscapes—both real and imagined—of Washington, from its flora and fauna to town names, geographical features, and geological phenomenae. Workshop students will work through stages freewriting to drafting a poem that will reveal more about where they’ve been, who they are, and where they might go in the future.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic night is, as always, 100% free, and so is the workshop. Refreshments and libations will be provided by Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located in downtown Vancouver at 1013 Main Street. For more details, visit Printed Matter Vancouver at printedmattervancouver.com.

Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate

Ghost Town Poetry is hosting a special Poetry Workshop during its regular Open Mic Night at Angst Gallery, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. The Poetry Workshop features Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who will be in town with hosts Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna to teach aspiring poets how to make the words go together more better. Marshall, a creative writing and literature teacher at Gonzaga University, is the winner of the 2015 Humanities Washington Award and 2009 finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

The workshop, titled “If You Ain’t No Place, You Can’t Go Nowhere” (See what I mean? Pure poetry), is limited to the first 28 people who sign up by emailing Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com. Attendees will explore ways to connect their imaginations to the landscapes of Washington, from its flora and fauna to town names, geographical features, and geological phenomenae. Workshop students will work in stages, from freewriting to drafting a poem that will reveal more about where they’ve been, who they are, and where they might go in the future.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic night is, as always, 100% free, and so is the workshop. Refreshments and libations will be provided by Niche Wine Bar. Angst Gallery is located in downtown Vancouver at 1013 Main Street. For more details, visit Printed Matter Vancouver at printedmattervancouver.com.