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.