Join us for a reading with Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, along with local writers Dawn Pichon Barron, Joanne Clarkson, Llyn De Danaan, Pat Dixon, Carolyn Gilman, Catherine Alice Michaelis and Emily Van Kley. Each poet will present their poem from WA129, a Washingon State anthology recently edited by Tod Marshall. The presentation will be followed by an open-reading, hosted by Marshall.
Local Writers Read Poems about our State
The WA129 Anthology, edited by Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, is a collection of poems by poets from around Washington State. The anthology, published by Sage Hill Press, includes amateur poets alongside acclaimed writers like Sherman Alexie and Tom Robbins. Over two thousand poems were submitted for the project, and the selected poems selected will be shared through two mediums: a printed anthology (with one poem for every year of Washington statehood, hence “129”) and a larger collection online (utilizing e-book and recording technologies). The book was launched on April 13th at a launch party at the state capitol in Olympia; the digital collection of poems appeared this summer. Tod Marshall writes, in the introduction: “I did my best to choose a wide variety of voices, subjects and poetics. Simply, we have many people invested in exploring and sharing how language matters.”