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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 …


Book of poetry partly inspired by John Doe network in Spokane

The man around 60 whose hat was gray, whose tattoo was unreadable, was found along the railroad tracks east of downtown. An infant girl, three months or more premature, was …


Spotlight: Ward repeats as winner at Washington poetry event

Langston Ward, a senior at Mead High School, has repeated his first-place win in a statewide poetry recitation competition. As Washington’s Poetry Out Loud champion, Ward won an expenses-paid trip …


Truth be told

It’s been 15 months since Nikky Finney won the National Book Award for her poetry collection “Head Off & Split.” Since then, the South Carolina-born writing professor from the University …


Zbyszewski wins poetry competition

Tom Zbyszewski, a student at Liberty Bell High School in Methow Valley, placed first in Thursday’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Langston Ward, a student at Mead High School who won …


Book Notes: Slam poet Chris Cook will read at Auntie’s

Chris Cook, Spokane’s top ranked slam poet and a trumpeter with the Spokane Symphony, will make a return trip to Auntie’s Book Store this month to read from his collection …


A star on the football field, Ward also shines reading poetry

As after-school activities, sacking your peers on the football field and reciting Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago,” from memory in front of an audience and judges, have a little in common. But …


Book Notes: Wrigley’s poetry takes turn at GU writers series

Next up in the Gonzaga University’s Visiting Writers Series: Robert Wrigley. Wrigley, an award-winning poet who teaches at the University of Idaho, will read from his works at 7:30 p.m. …


Book Notes: Beagle, Grant visit Auntie’s for signings

We have a couple late additions to the list of local author events and news of appearances by well-known authors to tell you about. So grab your coffee, sit back …


At Broken Mic, performance poetry thrives

If your image of a poetry reading is a quiet, genteel affair, you’ve obviously never been to a Broken Mic reading. The weekly open-mic event in downtown Spokane operates by …


Book Notes: Roach packed for Spokane, will read Thursday

This is the big week for the city’s annual communitywide reading event, Spokane Is Reading. Best-selling author Mary Roach will be here Thursday to talk about “Packing for Mars,” her …


“The Trees,” by Philip Larkin

Here’s the full poem Shawn Vestal talks about in his Aug. 6, 2011 column.


Book Notes: Barker to read from ‘Taliban Shuffle’

Here’s an acclaimed Afghan war memoir with a Spokane connection: “Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan,” by Kim Barker. Barker’s byline is familiar to longtime readers of The Spokesman-Review, since …


The development of DiFranco

Whether you think you’ve outgrown Ani DiFranco, or never felt she was the right fit for you, it might be a good time to test that assessment. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter …


‘ER’s’ Crawford relishes chance to play Emily Dickinson

If you remember high school English class, you remember Emily Dickinson. Yet Ellen Crawford , aka Nurse Lydia Wright on NBC’s “ER,” is better acquainted with the famed 19th century …


Writer uses poetry to help cope with prostate cancer

When Steve Heaps was diagnosed with prostate cancer 13 months ago, all he could do at first was cry.


Nationally renowned poet will give two readings

Li-Young Lee’s life story reads like something out of epic poetry. From 1912-16, his great-grandfather served as China’s first republican president – and tried to install himself as emperor.


Honoring ‘The Prairie Troubador’

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay may have been born in Springfield, Ill., but for nearly five years the man many people called “The Prairie Troubador” lived in Spokane. Lindsay, who died in …


Poetry in motion

There’s nothing special about, say, an old man folding a handkerchief. Unless, of course, you’re a poet. And such a poet is Sam Green, Washington state’s poet laureate. The first …


Childhood disability led to poetry therapy career

“When we dance/ The air softens/ And I feel like I am floating on/ A cloud/ And the hospital disappears”/ John Fox knows all about the therapeutic nature of the …


Mr. Disturbed

I am not popular. I am not cool. I am not a dork.


The Power Of The Pen Cowboy Meanders Down A Sinuous Trail Of Nouns And Verbs And Telling Detail

Down-home poems. Cowboy poet Bob Brown with his triplet calves and their mother. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review


Far From Home, Croatian Woman Relives Her Pain

Ivanka Suveg uses her poetry to sooth her soul over the ongoing war in her homeland of Bosnia. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review