Poetry Moment

David Borodin is a retired art appraiser, originally from Philadelphia but now living at Twin Lakes, Idaho. He identifies his poetic work with the so-called New Formalist tradition, with its renewed attention to the use of meter, rhyme, and stanzaic symmetry as instruments of effective patterning. Although his poems are inspired by a wide range of subjects, including music, visual art, literature and love, his abiding interest in cognitive science provides a special focus for exploring through his poems the phenomenon of consciousness.

David Borodin is a retired art appraiser, originally from Philadelphia but now living at Twin Lakes, Idaho. He identifies his poetic work with the so-called New Formalist tradition, with its renewed attention to the use of meter, rhyme, and stanzaic symmetry as instruments of effective patterning. Although his poems are inspired by a wide range of subjects, including music, visual art, literature and love, his abiding interest in cognitive science provides a special focus for exploring through his poems the phenomenon of consciousness.

David Borodin is a retired art appraiser, originally from Philadelphia but now living at Twin Lakes, Idaho. He identifies his poetic work with the so-called New Formalist tradition, with its renewed attention to the use of meter, rhyme, and stanzaic symmetry as instruments of effective patterning. Although his poems are inspired by a wide range of subjects, including music, visual art, literature and love, his abiding interest in cognitive science provides a special focus for exploring through his poems the phenomenon of consciousness.

David Borodin is a retired art appraiser, originally from Philadelphia but now living at Twin Lakes, Idaho. He identifies his poetic work with the so-called New Formalist tradition, with its renewed attention to the use of meter, rhyme, and stanzaic symmetry as instruments of effective patterning. Although his poems are inspired by a wide range of subjects, including music, visual art, literature and love, his abiding interest in cognitive science provides a special focus for exploring through his poems the phenomenon of consciousness.

R. Cassandra Bruner recieved her MFA from Eastern Washington University. A finalist for Black Warrior Review’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest, her poems and essays have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, The Adroit JournalBlack Warrior ReviewCrazyhorseIndiana ReviewMuzzleNew England ReviewNinth LetterPleiades, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2019 Frost Place competition, her chapbook, The Wishbone Dress, is forthcoming from Bull City Press.

R. Cassandra Bruner recieved her MFA from Eastern Washington University. A finalist for Black Warrior Review’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest, her poems and essays have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, The Adroit JournalBlack Warrior ReviewCrazyhorseIndiana ReviewMuzzleNew England ReviewNinth LetterPleiades, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2019 Frost Place competition, her chapbook, The Wishbone Dress, is forthcoming from Bull City Press.

R. Cassandra Bruner recieved her MFA from Eastern Washington University. A finalist for Black Warrior Review’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest, her poems and essays have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, The Adroit JournalBlack Warrior ReviewCrazyhorseIndiana ReviewMuzzleNew England ReviewNinth LetterPleiades, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2019 Frost Place competition, her chapbook, The Wishbone Dress, is forthcoming from Bull City Press.

R. Cassandra Bruner recieved her MFA from Eastern Washington University. A finalist for Black Warrior Review’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest, her poems and essays have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, The Adroit JournalBlack Warrior ReviewCrazyhorseIndiana ReviewMuzzleNew England ReviewNinth LetterPleiades, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2019 Frost Place competition, her chapbook, The Wishbone Dress, is forthcoming from Bull City Press.

R. Cassandra Bruner recieved her MFA from Eastern Washington University. A finalist for Black Warrior Review’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest, her poems and essays have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, The Adroit JournalBlack Warrior ReviewCrazyhorseIndiana ReviewMuzzleNew England ReviewNinth LetterPleiades, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2019 Frost Place competition, her chapbook, The Wishbone Dress, is forthcoming from Bull City Press.

Teresa Vanairsdale is a second year MFA poetry student at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington, where she lives and plays in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Her poems have appeared in Camas, Yeah Write Review, RiverLit, Clockhouse, Stringtown and others.

Teresa Vanairsdale is a second year MFA poetry student at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington, where she lives and plays in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Her poems have appeared in Camas, Yeah Write Review, RiverLit, Clockhouse, Stringtown and others.

Teresa Vanairsdale is a second year MFA poetry student at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington, where she lives and plays in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Her poems have appeared in Camas, Yeah Write Review, RiverLit, Clockhouse, Stringtown and others.

Teresa Vanairsdale is a second year MFA poetry student at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington, where she lives and plays in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Her poems have appeared in Camas, Yeah Write Review, RiverLit, Clockhouse, Stringtown and others.

Teresa Vanairsdale is a second year MFA poetry student at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington, where she lives and plays in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Her poems have appeared in Camas, Yeah Write Review, RiverLit, Clockhouse, Stringtown and others.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Derek Sheffield’s collection of poetry, 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, and were given special mention in the Puschart Prize Anthology.

Derek Sheffield’s collection of poetry, 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, and were given special mention in the Puschart Prize Anthology.

Derek Sheffield’s collection of poetry, 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, and were given special mention in the Puschart Prize Anthology.

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