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Dennis Held lives in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood of Spokane, where he is a book editor and community organizer. His first book of poetry, Betting on the Night, was published by Lost Horse Press; his second, Ourself, by Gribble Press. His most recent collection, Not Me, Exactly was recently published by Hand to Mouth Press. He lives along Hangman Creek and watches for kingfishers.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

John Whalen was born in Michigan and grew up in Tennessee. He's lived in Spokane since 1992. His first book of poetry, Caliban, was published by Lost Horse Press. He has also put out three chapbooks, including Above the Pear Trees, which won the 2014 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award.  

Whalen's poems have appeared in EPOCH, VQR, The Gettysburg Review, and CutBank and is upcoming in Terrain, Rock and Sling, and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

Stephany Vogel is a West Coast painter, poet & teaching artist currently building a big garden and making a home in Ione, WA

Stephany Vogel is a West Coast painter, poet & teaching artist currently building a big garden and making a home in Ione, WA

Stephany Vogel is a West Coast painter, poet & teaching artist currently building a big garden and making a home in Ione, WA

Luis Murillo is a student at Wenatchee Valley College.

Victoria Driscoll is a student at Wenatchee Valley College.

Jamie Medel is a student at Wenatchee Valley College who enjoys music and literature.


Gemini Ruth Gutierrez-Zamora graduated from Wenatchee Valley College in the winter of 2020 and enjoys painting with acrylics, and writing fiction in her free time.

Olivia Schroeder is a student at Wenatchee Valley College. A world traveller and lover of all animals. Olivia is passionate about recovery and helping others find sobriety. Poetry has helped Olivia deepen her level of recovery and express and share her true self with others.

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

For 20 years, Lisa Conger has taught poetry and creative writing to senior citizens through the ACT 2 program of SFCC. She has an MA in psychology from Antioch University-Seattle, with a Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy. She has been an exhibiting papier mache artist and published poet. 

Samantha Moser is a student at Wenatchee Valley College who is interested in poetry and hopes to gain more experience to improve her writing in the future. 

Nadia Bernal is a student at Wenatchee Valley College. She is new to poetry and has learned to love and appreciate it. She is looking to take more courses later on to better herself as a poet.

Rosa Rajadel is a student at Wenatchee Valley College who is interested in Art, World Languages and Hispanic Literature and wants to continue expanding her knowledge in the English writing world. She enjoys writing identity poems as a homage to her native island, Cuba.

Haley Bush is an alumna of Wenatchee Valley College and Central Washington University where her area of study was English Language and Literature. She hopes to never lose her thirst for understanding what it means to be human. This fall she will begin her pursuit of her master’s in English at Eastern Washington University.

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was chosen by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in 2021 from MSU Press. His first collection, Through the Second Skin (Orchises, 2013), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. His poems have also appeared in The Southern Review, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, AGNI, and The Georgia Review. He is the poetry editor of Terrain.org and co-editor of Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (Trinity, 2020). He teaches ecological writing and poetry at Wenatchee Valley College.

All of this week's readings are examples of ekphrastic verse, in which the poem is inspired by another work of art. Today's poem responds to the painting "Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" by Frida Kahlo.

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All of this week's readings are examples of ekphrastic verse, in which the poem is inspired by another work of art. Today's poem responds to the painting "Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" by John Singer Sargent.

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All of this week's readings are examples of ekphrastic verse, in which the poem is inspired by another work of art. Today's poem responds to three paintings "Self Portrait" and "Night, Death & The Devil" by Albrecht Durer, and "The Standard Bearer" by Hubert Lanzinger.

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All of this week's readings are examples of ekphrastic verse, in which the poem is inspired by another work of art. Today's poem responds to the painting "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by Pieter Brueghel
 

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All of this week's readings are examples of ekphrastic verse, in which the poem is inspired by another work of art. Today's poem responds to the painting "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by Pieter Brueghel  

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Donell Barlow was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She is Yurok and an enrolled member of the Ottawa tribe/ Otter clan. She is the author of Medicine Tracks-A Memoir, Bigfoot and Lightning Bug, and Words Have No Meaning.

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