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. 

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Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State Poet Laureate. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) and This City, (Floating Bridge Press) and the creator of  the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. She is also a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna,

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 will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2020. 

Chris Maccini grew up in Spokane and has many fond childhood memories of being subjected to the voices of SPR while in the backseat of his parents' car.  After moving to Upstate New York and graduating from Colgate University with a degree in Economics, he spent six years living in Seattle working for non-profit organizations and sailing around the Puget Sound with his wife, Tracie, and their boat-dog, Mollusk. He returned to Spokane to attend graduate school at Eastern Washington University where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing. 

James McArthur reads "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" by Robert W. Service

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore ReviewNew South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood,  Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.

Samuel Ligon is currently writing and publishing a serial novel—Miller Cane: A True & Exact History—which will appear in fifty installments in Spokane’s weekly newspaper, the Inlander, as well as online, on Spokane Public Radio, and as a podcast. Ligon is the author of four previous books of fiction, including two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. Ligon is co-editor, with Kate Lebo, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. His stories have appeared in Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and elsewhere. His essays appear in the Inlander. He teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, and is Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York, and he grew up in Wichita, Kansas.  He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University.  He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent.  From 2016-2018, he served as the Washington State Poet Laureate.

Elissa Ball is a poet, humorist, and journalist, originally from Yakima, WA. She contributes to The Inlander, has an astrology column called Space Witch, and reads tarot cards (as Hit the Deck Tarot). Her latest book, More or Less (on Cold Cube Press), is an illustrated collection of jokes.

Jonathan Johnson’s poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry, published in recent issues of PloughsharesSouthern ReviewWitnessEpochPrairie SchoonerSewanee ReviewPoetry NorthwestRattle

Lumiere Tintype Photography

Ellen Welcker is the author of Ram Hands (Scablands Books, 2016), The Botanical Garden (2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize, Astrophil Press, 2010) and several chapbooks, including "The Pink Tablet" (Fact-Simile Editions, 2018), which she and her collaborators adapted into a multi-genre live performance they called a feral opera. She lives in Spokane, WA.