Poetry Salon, Get Lit! 2022

An afternoon discussion centered on the power of poetry and its place in the world. Each poet brings a unique perspective and vast experience to the table, and every year we are stunned at the magic that takes place when five poets sit down to discuss their craft. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of today’s most talented poets from our region and beyond! 

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin) By Chen Chen, Jericho Brown (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Chen Chen, Jericho Brown (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781942683339
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Published: BOA Editions - April 11th, 2017

This award-winning debut interrogates the fragile, inherited ways of approaching love and family from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives.

Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency By Chen Chen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950774692
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Published: BOA Editions - September 13th, 2022

What happens when everything falls away, when those you call on in times of need are themselves calling out for rescue? In his highly anticipated second collection, Chen Chen continues his investigation of family, both blood and chosen, examining what one inherits and what one invents, as a queer Asian American living through an era of Trump, mass shootings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patriarchy Blues By Rena Priest, Lana Hechtman Ayers (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936657278
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Published: Moonpath Press - May 9th, 2017

"Rena Priest addresses those who crave 'the meat of beasts with beets and leeks.' And while she insists that 'Nature makes you pay, ' her poems tell us that through a 'wistful song of sighs.' The world is not always comfortable, but her poems never 'lose touch with the fluidity of the spirit.' Patriarchy Blues is an amazing collection."

The Many Beds of Martha Washington By Nance Van Winckel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780899241814
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Published: Lynx House Press - September 1st, 2021

Van Winckel's poems hover at the intersections of folktale and history, of past life regressions and future life visions, in a voice that is intimate, eerie, wry, and always strangely like a voice that has been going on in our heads without our noticing. The chill and pleasure it renders is a little like what one feels upon first reading Proust.

Our Foreigner By Nance Van Winckel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781892184085
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(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Beyond Baroque Books - January 20th, 2017

Poetry. Poems funny, stark, spot-on and utterly beautiful comprise her collection, OUR FOREIGNER, a brilliant and dark comedy. This is Betsy Sholl's apt description for the poetry of Nance Van Winckel, one of the Northwest's foremost poets and writers, and her latest release--from The Pacific Coast Poetry Series/Beyond Baroque Books.