Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and Friends reading on October 21

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.

About WA129:

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.”


About the authors:

Tod Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is serving as the Washington State poet laureate from 2016-2018. He is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He succeeds poets Elizabeth Austen (2014-2016), Kathleen Flenniken (2012–2014), and Sam Green (2007–2009).

Joanne M. Clarkson’s full-length poetry collection “The Fates” won Bright Hill Press’ annual contest and was published in June 2017. Her chapbook “Believing the Body” was published by Gribble Press in 2014. This year her poems have appeared in Catamaran, Edge, Modern Poetry Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, the Ice Cream Anthology from World Enough Writers and the We’Moon Datebook for 2018. Clarkson has Master’s Degrees in English and Library Science. She has taught and worked as a professional librarian. After caring for her mother through a long illness, she re-careered as a RN specializing in Home Health and Hospice Care.

LLyn De Danaan, emerita, The Evergreen State College, an author and cultural anthropologist, is a speaker for Humanities Washington and current faculty with Western Washington University’s Academy for Lifelong Learning. Her book, Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay, is called, “a masterpiece of creative interpretation”. She produced, Mountain of Shell, the story of senryu poets on Oyster Bay. Her current project focuses on the life of the first Native American woman pilot, Mary Riddle.

Patrick Dixon is a writer and photographer retired from careers in teaching and commercial fishing. Published in Cirque Literary Journal, Oregon Coast magazine, Raven Chronicles, FISH anthology, Oberon Poetry Journal, and Smithsonian, he is the poetry editor and a contributor for National Fisherman magazine and their quarterly, North Pacific Focus. His chapbook Arc of Visibility won the 2015 Alabama State Poetry Morris Memorial competition. His poem Coal Train was recently selected for a broadside and inclusion in WA129, the anthology edited by Tod Marshall, the Washington state Poet Laureate.

Carolyn Gilman teaches creative writing and English at Olympia High School where she established and curates an annual literary magazine. Over 1,100 students at OHS recite poetry each year under her leadership in the Poetry Out Loud program, a national poetry program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Washington 129 is her first publication.

Catherine Alice Michaelis is a multi-disciplinary artist. She combines her poetry with video to create video-poetry, and her writing with printmaking to make artists’ books. She was most recently published in Grab Back Comics: Acts of Love and Resistance, and was filmed by Craft in America for the ‘Nature’ episode that aired on PBS in April of 2017. She lives in Shelton, Washington.

Emily Van Kley grew up on Michigan's Upper Peninsula but has lived in Olympia for 10 years, where, in addition to writing, she works at the Olympia Food Co-op and teaches and performs aerial acrobatics with Airbound Arts and sparrow studios. Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including, most recently, Best American Poetry 2017. Her collection, The Cold and the Rust, was awarded the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and is forthcoming in March 2018 from Persea Press.


Event date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
509 E 4th Ave
Olympia, WA 98501