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Spotlight: Hunt is on for new state poet laureate

Sun., Oct. 6, 2013

Thom Caraway has been named Spokane’s first poet laureate. Meanwhile, the statewide post is opening soon. (Colin Mulvany)
Thom Caraway has been named Spokane’s first poet laureate. Meanwhile, the statewide post is opening soon. (Colin Mulvany)

The word has come that Spokane has its first poet laureate, Thom Caraway.

Now the hunt is on to fill the role on the statewide level.

Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission (aka ArtsWA) are now accepting applications for state poet laureate to replace Kathleen Flenniken, whose two-year term is ending.

From Feb. 1, 2014, to Jan. 31, 2016, Washington’s poet laureate will be charged with building awareness and appreciation of poetry through a variety of programs held around the state.

The post includes an annual $13,000 stipend to cover expenses and program costs. Deadline to apply is Nov. 8. Full details, position requirements and the application form are available at

Meanwhile, Spokane’s Caraway is a senior lecturer in Whitworth University’s English Department. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Dakota and master of fine arts in both English and writing from Eastern Washington University. His poems have been published in numerous journals and he is the author of “A Visitor’s Guide to North Dakota: Poems.” He has won the Thomas McGrath Prize for Poetry twice and is editor-in-chief of Rock & Sling, a literary journal. He is publisher and founder of Sage Hill Press.

Sacagawea’s life

Sara Edlin-Marlowe, Spokane Falls Community College drama instructor, will perform the dramatization “Sacagawea” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Spartan Theatre. The theater is in the SFCC Humanities Building 5, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive.

Admission is a suggested $10 donation at the door. Proceeds benefit SFCC drama scholarships.

After the performance, Edlin-Marlowe will discuss Sacagawea’s life and role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Playhouse party

Actress-singer Abbey Crawford is teaming up with some pals for a one-night-only benefit for Lake City Playhouse.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Crawford, Andrew Ware Lewis, Emily Cleveland, Phoebe Oosterhuis, Lance Battitt, Steve Porter, Parker Albin, Kashana Cox and others will take the stage in a musical revue directed by Crawford.

Tickets to “Abbey and Friends” are $10. Lake City Playhouse is at 1320 E. Garden Ave., in Coeur d’Alene.

Meanwhile, at the Bing

Lion’s Share Theatre and Friends of the Bing are teaming up to present “Murder at the Bing,” a murder mystery that allows audience members to solve a murder and explore recent renovations to the historic theater.

The show is set in 1926, during a vaudeville performance at the Clemmer Theater, and the first person to solve the crime wins a prize.

Two shows will be performed on Friday, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $17 and available through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or

The Bing Crosby Theater is at 901 W. Sprague Ave.

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