Poetry Moment

  

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her debut collection of poems Consolation Prize, inspired by her passion for county fairs and her experiences growing up in Central Washington, was published by Scablands Books in 2018.

Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely.

Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely.

Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely.

Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely.

Beth Severn-Johnson is SPR's Membership Manager.  

Tom Wobker's poems were published anonymously in the Spokesman-Review for 14 years under the name "The Bard of Sherman Avenue." His true identity was revealed to readers shortly before his death in 2016. A collection of his poetry was printed in 2017 with help from then Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall, and proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to Hospice of Spokane.

Steve Jackson is SPR's News Assignment Editor and Morning Edition Host. 

Tom Wobker's poems were published anonymously in the Spokesman-Review for 14 years under the name "The Bard of Sherman Avenue." His true identity was revealed to readers shortly before his death in 2016. A collection of his poetry was printed in 2017 with help from then Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall, and proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to Hospice of Spokane.

Tami Tanaka is SPR's Finance Manager.

Tom Wobker's poems were published anonymously in the Spokesman-Review for 14 years under the name "The Bard of Sherman Avenue." His true identity was revealed to readers shortly before his death in 2016. A collection of his poetry was printed in 2017 with help from then Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall, and proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to Hospice of Spokane.

Cassia Fox is a Front Desk Receptionist at Spokane Public Radio.

Tom Wobker's poems were published anonymously in the Spokesman-Review for 14 years under the name "The Bard of Sherman Avenue." His true identity was revealed to readers shortly before his death in 2016. A collection of his poetry was printed in 2017 with help from then Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall, and proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to Hospice of Spokane.

Jerry Olson is SPR's Chief Engineer.

Tom Wobker's poems were published anonymously in the Spokesman-Review for 14 years under the name "The Bard of Sherman Avenue." His true identity was revealed to readers shortly before his death in 2016. A collection of his poetry was printed in 2017 with help from then Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall, and proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to Hospice of Spokane. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

photo by Bill Paterson

From Dick Warwick, the "Cowboy Poet"

I was raised amid the rolling Palouse Country hills of eastern Washington, and I still live on the home place. Although we almost always had animals, this is mostly farm country, producing fine dryland crops of wheat, barley, lentils, and peas. Though I have tried out places like California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and the wet side of Washington, the Palouse will always be home. The landscape is ingrained in my brain and its rhythms are as familiar as my heartbeat.

photo by Bill Paterson

From Dick Warwick, the "Cowboy Poet"

I was raised amid the rolling Palouse Country hills of eastern Washington, and I still live on the home place. Although we almost always had animals, this is mostly farm country, producing fine dryland crops of wheat, barley, lentils, and peas. Though I have tried out places like California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and the wet side of Washington, the Palouse will always be home. The landscape is ingrained in my brain and its rhythms are as familiar as my heartbeat.

photo by Bill Paterson

From Dick Warwick, the "Cowboy Poet"

I was raised amid the rolling Palouse Country hills of eastern Washington, and I still live on the home place. Although we almost always had animals, this is mostly farm country, producing fine dryland crops of wheat, barley, lentils, and peas. Though I have tried out places like California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and the wet side of Washington, the Palouse will always be home. The landscape is ingrained in my brain and its rhythms are as familiar as my heartbeat.

photo by Bill Paterson

From Dick Warwick, the "Cowboy Poet"

I was raised amid the rolling Palouse Country hills of eastern Washington, and I still live on the home place. Although we almost always had animals, this is mostly farm country, producing fine dryland crops of wheat, barley, lentils, and peas. Though I have tried out places like California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and the wet side of Washington, the Palouse will always be home. The landscape is ingrained in my brain and its rhythms are as familiar as my heartbeat.

photo by Bill Paterson

From Dick Warwick, the "Cowboy Poet"

I was raised amid the rolling Palouse Country hills of eastern Washington, and I still live on the home place. Although we almost always had animals, this is mostly farm country, producing fine dryland crops of wheat, barley, lentils, and peas. Though I have tried out places like California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and the wet side of Washington, the Palouse will always be home. The landscape is ingrained in my brain and its rhythms are as familiar as my heartbeat.

Photo by Rajah Bose

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Her next novel, The Cassandra, will be published by Henry Holt in early 2019.

Photo by Rajah Bose

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Her next novel, The Cassandra, will be published by Henry Holt in early 2019.

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