Joanne Clarkson reading on July 29 at 6:30pm
Join us for an evening with Joanne Clarkson at Orca Books! Joanne will be reading from her new book on Brighthill Press, The Fates at 6:30pm on July 29.
In The Fates Joanne M. Clarkson contemplates what can and cannot be controlled. This questioning is prompted by her experience as a Hospice Nurse and from growing up with her grandmother, a psychic. Who determines when and how we end our lives? Can anyone know the future? If known, can the future be changed? She organizes the book around the three Fates from classical mythology: Klotho who spins, Lachesis who measures, and Atropos who snips the thread of life at the end. Characters in Clarkson’s poetry range from Clarkson’s sister, who died from crib death, through portraits of patients to her personal mythology, culminating in the discovery that her maiden name came from an obscure Slovak goddess, her own tangled fate.
Joanne M. Clarkson won Bright Hill’s 2015 poetry book competition, judged by Maine poet Richard Foerster. Her previous collections include “Believing the Body,” published in 2014 by Gribble Press. She was awarded a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust of Washington to help her complete “The Fates.” Her poem “Klotho the Fibre Goddess Describes Fate” won first place in Northern Colorado Writers Annual Competition in 2015 and “Survivor” was selected by Emrys Journal in 2016 for their Nancy Dew Taylor “excellence in the art of poetry” award. Joanne lives in Olympia, Washington, with her husband James - she serves on the Board of the Olympia Poetry Network.
More info: http://joanneclarkson.com/new