Poetry


First WEDNESDAYS, 7:000 PM, at the Duvall Visitor Center
15619 Main Street NE • Duvall, WA 98019 •

Doors open at 6:30; open mic starts at 7:00. Featured reader at 7:30. Bring your poetry, prose or even song, along with a friend to hear you at the mic! All ages welcome. Free. More info at Duvall Poetry

Upcoming Featured Readers

January 8, 2014 (2nd Wed.): RASP Anthology Poets

poetry anthologyJanuary’s feature will include authors of poetry in Here, There, and Everywhere, a collection of 120 poems by 70 poets who have participated in RASP’s monthly reading series as featured or open-mic readers. RASP is the Redmond Association of Spokenword, which published the book in August 2013. Editor Michael Dylan Welch has been curator for RASP readings since 2008. For more information about the anthology, see http://raspread.com/poetryanthology.html.

February 5, 2014: Carolyne Wright

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CAROLYNE WRIGHT has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her latest book isMania Klepto: the Book of Eulene(Turning Point, 2011), featuring the postmodern alter-ego, Eulene. Previous books include A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2006), nominated for the LATimes Book Awards and winner of the IPPY Bronze Award; and Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Carnegie Mellon U Press/EWU Books, 2nd ed. 2005), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award. A poem of hers appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Wright is a Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes; and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, for which she is co-editing an anthology of poems on women and work, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace(forthcoming 2014).  In 2005 she returned to her native Seattle, where she is on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program.  She received a 4Culture Art Projects award for 2013, for a sequence of poems, “Mother-of-Pearl Women,” which will form part of her volume in progress of new and selected poems, This Dream the World.

March 5, 2014: Su Smallen

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Su Smallen is the author of three collections of poetry: Buddha, Proof, a Minnesota Book Award Finalist,Weight of Light, nominated for the Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, and Wild Hush. Su’s honors include receiving the Jane Kenyon Prize and serving as Poet in Residence for the Science Museum of Minnesota’s St. Croix Watershed Research Station. She was a founding member of the Laurel Poetry Collective, publishing books and broadsides for ten years. Formerly a professional choreographer and dancer, Su and her poetry were featured in the documentary dance film Klatch. Currently, she is an editor at the University of Minnesota Law School Institute on Crime and Public Policy and director of the writing center at St. Olaf College. www.susmallen.com.

April 2, 2014: Alice Derry

Picture“Tremolo” is Alice Derry’s fourth full collection of poetry.  It was released on September 1, 2012.  Tess Gallagher writes of the book:  “’Tremolo’ is a tour de force of vibratory power that marks Alice Derry as having come into her own as one of our very best poets.”   As manuscript, “Tremolo” was awarded a Washington State GAP grant from Artist Trust in 2011.  Derry’s other collections are

 “Strangers to Their Courage”, “Stages of Twilight”, and  “Clearwater”. Derry has three chapbooks:  Getting Used to the Body(Sagittarius Press, 1989), Not As You Once Imagined (Trask House, 1993), and translations from the German poet Rainer Rilke (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2002).  
   Derry taught English and German at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA for 29 years and retired in June, 2009.  She was a major force in conceiving and directing the college’s Foothills Writers’ Series from 1980 to 2009. Derry was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Washington and Montana.  More at www.alicederry.com.

June 4, 2013: Marie Hartung

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MARIE HARTUNG writes from her living room recliner in the small-ish town of Monroe, WA. When she’s not writing she’s hanging out with her sons, age 8 and 10, and tending to her brood of domesticated animals. She’s finishing MFA double-major in Poetry and Nonfiction at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in Freeland, WA and works a day job as a Realtor. Her poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared recently in Third Wednesday, Cordite Review, Perceptions Literary Magazine, River Poets Journal and Raven Chronicles. She currently serves as Poetry Editor for Soundings Review.

PAST GUEST POETS

Join us for a special reading to close out the year. On December 4th, Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken features!

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Kathleen Flenniken is the Washington State Poet Laureate.  Her books are Plume, a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site and Famous, named a Notable Book by the American Library Association.  Kathleen’s other awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust.  She teaches writing through arts agencies Writers in the Schools and Jack Straw, is an editor at Floating Bridge Press and has a Poet Laureate blog, The Far Field.  Kathleen is working to bring poetry and poets to all 39 counties before her two-year appointment ends in February 2014.

October 1st (Tuesday): Paul Nelson

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PAUL NELSON is founder of SPLAB in Seattle, a spokenword performance, resource and outreach project and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays,Organic Poetry and a serial poem reenacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter(shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger). He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, & many Cascadia poets, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Beijing,  Victoria, Baltimore, Chicago, & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com

November 6th: Marci Ameluxen

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MARCI AMELUXEN was born, raised and still lives in Washington State and for most of her life has lived on islands.  When not taming her garden or writing poetry she works as a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and currently lives on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound with her husband and two children.  Ameluxen is the author of “Lean House”, a chapbook published in 2013 by MoonPath Press of Kingston, Washington.  Her poems have appeared inThe Crab Creek Review, Rose Red Review, The Comstock Review, Waccamaw, The Madison Review, The Compass Rose, The Dirty Napkin, andHospital Drive, among others.  “What informs my poetry is simplicity and intensity of experience, emotion, detail and a stark, clean line.  I like to see white space on the page,” says Ameluxen.  She also holds a B.A. in Political Science which convinced her never to run for elected office.