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American Life in Poetry: ‘Delivered’

The greeting card companies are still making money, though the inventive online “cards” are gaining ground. Here’s a poem about pen and ink greeting cards, by Cynthia Ventresca, who lives …


Book notes: Laureate’s ‘I Am a Town’ project finishes phase one

Reading on Tuesday at the Spark Center in Kendall Yards will celebrate completion of first series of workshops in Spokane poet laureate Laura Read’s poetry project to celebrate the places …


American Life in Poetry: ‘River’ by Ginger Murchison

Here’s a fine poem about the fleshy pleasures of adolescence by Ginger Murchison, from her book a “scrap of linen, a bone” from Press 53. Murchison lives in Florida.


American Life in Poetry: ‘They Dance Through Granelli’s’ by Pat Emile

Pat Emile is assistant editor and Jill-of-all-trades for this column. Were it not for her help I couldn’t keep these weekly selections coming. Here she is in another role, as …


Poetry has a place in all 12 months

Washington’s poet laureate, Tod Marshall, curated a collection of poems from regional writers for National Poetry Month.


For poetry fans, April is hardly cruel

T.S. Eliot famously wrote that April is the cruelest month. But in celebrating National Poetry Month, we finds it’s hardly a wasteland. Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall has curated a …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Mornings’

Susan Aizenberg lives and teaches in Omaha, and the following poem is from “Quiet City,” published by BkMk Press. My father and perhaps yours, too, found a little pleasure in …


American Life in Poetry: ‘I Wore This Dress Today for You, Mom,’ by Kim Dower

When I was a boy, because of the song, I thought there really was an Easter parade, but the Easters came and went without one. But here’s a glimpse of …


American Life in Poetry: ‘Deer Descending’

Philip Terman is a Pennsylvania poet who, with his family, lives in a former one-room schoolhouse. And whenever there’s a one-room schoolhouse you can count on just a little wilderness …


Poet Robyn Schiff explores domestic horrors in ‘A Woman of Property’

Poet Robyn Schiff did not set out to write about the dark side of home life. “In fact, I did not want to write about domestic horrors,” she said with …


American Life in Poetry: ‘My Mother Worries About My Hat’ by Richard Jarrette

In my limited experience, mothering and worrying go hand in hand. Here’s a mother’s worry poem by Richard Jarrette, from his fine book, “A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances.” …


Bard of Sherman Avenue takes bow for years of ‘little rhymes’

The copier in his office building sat by a window with a view, and Tom Wobker found inspiration watching the brainless birds on the other side of the glass. The …


Tod’s time: Marshall relishes next role as Washington’s poet laureate

After a year filled with awards and accolades, 2016 kicks off with Marshall being named Washington’s new poet laureate


Gonzaga professor Tod Marshall named Washington’s poet laureate

Tod Marshall, a Spokane poet and professor at Gonzaga University, has been named Washington’s state poet laureate by Gov. Jay Inslee. His two-year term kicks off on Feb. 1. He …


Shawn Vestal: His thank-you turns back the pages of time

‘You ever had the feeling you wish you had said something to someone?” This is Bruce Jackson’s question, and the someone he had in mind was his fourth-grade teacher from …


Pulitzer Prize poet Carolyn Kizer dies

Spokane native Carolyn Kizer, who won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, died Thursday in Sonoma, California. She was 89. Kizer, who won the prize for her collection titled “Yin” in …


Huckleberry Haiku celebrates year’s bumper crop

The best huckleberry picking season in years has inspired hikers, campers, pie makers, teachers, scientists, a TV weather reporter and an internationally acclaimed


Rich Landers: Berry-picking readers enjoy penning purple prose

One of the best huckleberry crops in memory is leaving stains on fingers and smiles on faces throughout the region. Berries are so thick in some mountain areas, a serious …


Amy Goodman: Angelou’s words still inspire us

“You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies,


Poet George Bilgere embraces his lot in life

There’s not a lot of leverage in the middle, not at first glance. As a man in the middle – of life, of the country, of the socioeconomic spectrum – …


Book Notes: Walter, Wrigley shortlisted for PNBA awards

Two area authors have been shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s 2014 Book Awards. Spokane’s Jess Walter was nominated for his short story collection, “We Live in Water.” University …


RiverLit magazine creates outlet for area writers, artists

Keely Honeywell is pitching Anthology, a fundraising event for the Spokane literary magazine RiverLit at a new all-ages venue downtown, as a literary variety show. “We’ve got fiction readers. One …


Book Notes: 19th-century Catholic bishop’s letters collected

A 19th-century bishop who worked in the Northwest is the subject of a new book co-edited by Patricia O’Connell Killen, academic vice president at Gonzaga University, and Roberta Stringham Brown, …


Book Notes: Poet Olstein headlines GU’s Writers Series

The second installment of the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and will feature poet Lisa Olstein. Olstein won the Hayden Carruth Award for her …


Three-day World Poetry Slam concludes at Bing Crosby Theater

As each of the poets took the stage, it was as though they and the audience were one for a brief moment. Applause, finger snapping and moans erupted from the …


Thom Caraway, Spokane’s first poet laureate, tells it like he sees it

Thom Caraway thrives in a place many Spokanites would avoid: the dilapidated streets of the West Central neighborhood. He’s drawn to the crime, the drug problems, the failing 150-year-old houses …


A way with words

Sure, there’s national poetry month. It’s April, in case you’ve been under a rock. And some people celebrate children’s poetry week. Kenn Nesbitt, the Spokane author named children’s poet laureate …


Book Notes: Beeman set to share book of poetry

Linda Beeman’s poetry is set in the hard country of Idaho’s Silver Valley. In her chapbook of poems simply titled “Wallace, Idaho,” the Wallace native writes about mine deaths and …


Library director begins new chapter

By the time Spokane’s new library director finishes story time with his kids, he rarely has time for pleasure reading. He has four kids, after all.


Mead senior wins national poetry recitation competition

Langston Ward, a senior at Mead High School, is the national Poetry Out Loud champion, rising to the top from hundreds of thousands of students who recited poetry on stages …