Local Places, Local Voices: An Evening of Poetry with Olympia Poetry Network
Join four Olympia poets for a celebration of place and how it inspires us. Don Freas, Cynthia Pratt, Linda Strever and Tim Kelly will read poetry on Saturday, October 1st, beginning at 7 p.m. The event, titled “Local Voices, Local Places” is part of the Olympia Poetry Network’s ongoing series to raise awareness of our area’s talented writers. The featured poets all have books available on the ‘Local Poets’ shelves at Orca. The event is free.
Born and raised among the old factory towns of the the mid-Atlantic states, Don Freas arrived in Washington State in early 1972. In addition to writing and poetry, Freas has decades of practice as a designer and craftsman in wood and steel, producing sculpture and furniture since 1974. Don lives on the shores of Puget Sound, a stone’s throw from the city limits of Olympia.
|Cynthia Pratt is a founding member of Olympia Poetry Network. Her poetry appears in the anthologies, Godiva Speaks and Tattoos on Cedar, and in Dirt? Scientists, Book Artists, and Poets Reflect on Soil and Our Environment, as well as other publications. One of her poems was accepted for display at the Seattle Salmon Strategy Summit 2005. Her manuscript, Celestial Drift,will be released in early fall, 2016. She is Deputy Mayor of Lacey, Washington.|
|Linda Strever’s poetry collection, Against My Dreams, was released in 2013 and her novel, Don’t Look Away, in 2015. Her poetry credits include Adanna, Beloit Poetry Journal, CALYX Journal, Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge Review, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, VoiceCatcher Journal and others. Winner of the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, her work has been a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Levis Poetry Prize and the Ohio State University Press Award in Poetry, as well as the Eludia Award in fiction from Hidden River Arts. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she has an MFA from Brooklyn College.|
|Tim Kelly was born in Cleveland OH, educated in Ohio, Boston and Seattle, and has been living in Olympia for 35 years, working as a physical therapist, and writing poems about it all. He has had 4 books published: Stronger and The Extremities by Oberlin College Press, Articulation, by Lynx House Press, and Toccata and Fugue, published by Floating Bridge Press. He’s had poems published in Field, Image, the Seattle Review, Willow Springs, and many others. He has two sons, and he and his wife Lisa continue to live on (and enjoy) lovely Henderson Inlet.||