Poetry Moment

KPBX: Monday-Friday 9am

With a wealth of poets in the region, Spokane Public Radio is excited to present Poetry Moment. This program features a week of poetry curated and read by a local poet. Some pieces will be their own and some pieces will be from poets they admire or find particularly poignant or relevant for the time of airing. 

Interested in reading for the Poetry Moment? Take a look at our guidelines and email Chris at cmaccini@kpbx.org.

Ways to Connect

Dean Davis

Elissa Ball is a poet, humorist, and nonfiction writer, originally from Yakima, WA. She has contributed to The Inlander, Seattle Weekly, The Spokesman-Review, and The Yakima Herald-Republic. Her first poetry collection, The Punks Are Writing Love Songs, was published in 2012. Before COVID hit, Elissa was writing and performing comedy with Lilac City Live, and she hosted a monthly variety show at Lucky You Lounge called Rad Jokes.

Dean Davis

Elissa Ball is a poet, humorist, and nonfiction writer, originally from Yakima, WA. She has contributed to The Inlander, Seattle Weekly, The Spokesman-Review, and The Yakima Herald-Republic. Her first poetry collection, The Punks Are Writing Love Songs, was published in 2012. Before COVID hit, Elissa was writing and performing comedy with Lilac City Live, and she hosted a monthly variety show at Lucky You Lounge called Rad Jokes.

Dean Davis

Elissa Ball is a poet, humorist, and nonfiction writer, originally from Yakima, WA. She has contributed to The Inlander, Seattle Weekly, The Spokesman-Review, and The Yakima Herald-Republic. Her first poetry collection, The Punks Are Writing Love Songs, was published in 2012. Before COVID hit, Elissa was writing and performing comedy with Lilac City Live, and she hosted a monthly variety show at Lucky You Lounge called Rad Jokes.

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

SPR

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

Gawain Fadeley is a fifth-generation Spokanite. A copywriter by day and recreational rock’n’roll musician by night, he received a bachelor’s degree in history from Gonzaga University.

Catherine Grainger is an artist, potter and poet who lives in West Central, Spokane.   Her poems reflect her love of Spokane history, delight in nature and curiosity about humankind. She can often be found in the cottage garden of her Craftsman Bungalow or walking along the Centennial Trail.  

Zoey R. Zeller, age 11, is an avid reader, dragon enthusiast, dog owner, fosterer of cats, big sister, and blogger—about the realities of attending school during the Covid-19 pandemic, among other things. Zoey reads a lot of novels. She does not have any social media accounts.

 Canyon Zeller, age 8, is a Dog Man fan, who also loves Pokémon, ducks, humor/jokes, eating sugar, cuddling, skipping rocks, basketball, soccer, Legos, and Star Wars. He wears pajamas as often as possible.

Eric Woodard has taught English and psychology at Lewis and Clark High School for almost 30 years. This is his first published poem.

Thuy-Dzuong Nguyen is a writer, Flying Spider, food friend, maker and grower of things. She received her B.A. in journalism and history from Gonzaga University and spent a brief but joyful time in the newsroom. Her book The Truth Lenders (2010) is speculative fiction and a multimedia novel. She works in communications, thankful to be part of the dynamic universe of words and word-wranglers, always rediscovering ordinary deep magic. She lives in Spokane.

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in New York Times and Huffington Post. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings.

 She was featured in the Los Angeles Times and was awarded the Montesi Award from Saint Louis University in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has published multiple chapbooks and an album.  Katerina Canyon will be releasing her new poetry book Surviving Home in December 2021, published by Kelsay Books. Surviving Home is a reflection on African American heritage and up-bringing, racism, and abuse. 

Dean Davis

Travis Laurence Naught is a writer who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. Carbon dioxide poisoning, exacerbated by pneumonia, at the age of 35, led to a 27-day hospital stay that left him with a tracheostomy. The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012), his debut poetry collection, and Joyride (Black Rose Writing, 2016), his debut novel, were both released in paperback. Several of his other stories and poems have been published online and in print. He completed graduate coursework in sports psychology at Eastern Washington University, and enjoys coffee, comic books and related collectibles, and the outdoors. Travis lives with his parents, sister, niece, and nephew in Cheney, Washington.

Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books, 2019), which was long-listed for The Believer Book Award. Originally from Maine, Bill now lives in Seattle, where he is Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest. He teaches at Hugo House, the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and Edmonds College. 

Melissa Heale

Kate Lebo is the author of the cookbook, Pie School and the poetry chapbook Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She's also the coeditor with Samuel Ligon of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze as well as cohost of the popular Pie & Whiskey events at Spokane's Get Lit! festival and elsewhere. 

Kate Lebo’s new book is The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (With Recipes)

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was selected by Mark Doty for the 2019 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy. When he isn’t teaching at Wenatchee Valley College or editing poetry for Terrain.org, Derek can often be found skiing, hiking, birding, botanizing, or forest bathing in the mountains of North Central Washington. www.dereksheffield.com

Brooke Matson is a poet and book artist in Spokane, Washington, where she is the executive director of Spark Central, a non-profit dedicated to igniting creativity, innovation, and imagination. Eight years of teaching and mentoring at-risk youth deepened her study of physical science and the psychological effects of violence and loss. 

Matson's second collection of poetry, In Accelerated Silence, was selected by Mark Doty as winner of the Jake Adam York Prize and published by Milkweed Editions. 

Teresa Vanairsdale completed her MFA in poetry at Eastern Washington University last June. Although she lives in Spokane, she spends a fair amount of time living and playing at Priest Lake also. Her poems have appeared in Camas, The MacGuffin, StringTown, Yeah Write Review, Clockhouse, the anthology Spokane Writes, and others.

Teresa Vanairsdale completed her MFA in poetry at Eastern Washington University last June. Although she lives in Spokane, she spends a fair amount of time living and playing at Priest Lake also. Her poems have appeared in Camas, The MacGuffin, StringTown, Yeah Write Review, Clockhouse, the anthology Spokane Writes, and others.

Teresa Vanairsdale completed her MFA in poetry at Eastern Washington University last June. Although she lives in Spokane, she spends a fair amount of time living and playing at Priest Lake also. Her poems have appeared in Camas, The MacGuffin, StringTown, Yeah Write Review, Clockhouse, the anthology Spokane Writes, and others.

Teresa Vanairsdale completed her MFA in poetry at Eastern Washington University last June. Although she lives in Spokane, she spends a fair amount of time living and playing at Priest Lake also. Her poems have appeared in Camas, The MacGuffin, StringTown, Yeah Write Review, Clockhouse, the anthology Spokane Writes, and others.

Teresa Vanairsdale completed her MFA in poetry at Eastern Washington University last June. Although she lives in Spokane, she spends a fair amount of time living and playing at Priest Lake also. Her poems have appeared in Camas, The MacGuffin, StringTown, Yeah Write Review, Clockhouse, the anthology Spokane Writes, and others.

Mark Boyd is the Managing Director at N-Sid-Sen Camp & Retreat Center on Lake Coeur d'Alene. He has written poems, stories, sermons and songs in his varied careers. He has been writing ever since he could hold a pen to paper. He has been nervously sharing his poetry with the public only recently and is working on getting his first book of poetry published. He has been writing stories for his  (now adult) children since they were young . Mark and his wife live on site at the camp year round. 

Mark Boyd is the Managing Director at N-Sid-Sen Camp & Retreat Center on Lake Coeur d'Alene. He has written poems, stories, sermons and songs in his varied careers. He has been writing ever since he could hold a pen to paper. He has been nervously sharing his poetry with the public only recently and is working on getting his first book of poetry published. He has been writing stories for his  (now adult) children since they were young . Mark and his wife live on site at the camp year round. 

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