Winter Garden Poetry Series

This Winter, Lakewold Gardens is partnering with Write 253 to host a Poetry Series featuring local poets reading their work in the Wagner House at Lakewold Gardens! Each event has two featured poets with a youth poet opening. At the end the poets will stick around for a Q&A. On February 16, publisher and poet Christina Butcher, former Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson, and poet James Santana will all read at the gardens. This reading will also be recorded and shared on the Prickly Pear Podcast. Please see the full lineup of poets and perfomances below:

Jan 19 — Abby Murray (Tacoma Poet Laureate) and Mare Hake (Tahoma Literary Review)

Jan 26 — William Kupinse and Natalie Scenters- Zapico (Professors at Puget Sound)

Feb 16 — Christina Butcher (Blue Cactus Press) and Kellie Richardson (Former Tacoma Poet Laureate)

Feb 23 — Kristen Orlando (SAMi Humanities Teacher) and Kevin Miller (Local Published Poet)

*Books / the event poster (freshly pressed in a limited edition run by the Write253 Pop Up Print Shop at the Washington State History Museum) will be for sale.

⫸ The suggested donation is 10 dollars per event. ⫷

A Night of Poetry with Kellie Richardson, Robert Lashley, and Nicole McCarthy

 

 

Join us on January 30th as we welcome three local poets to share some of their latest work.

KELLIE RICHARDSON is a writer, artist and educator born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Her work explores the intersection of race, class, and gender. Kellie has authored two books, The Art of Naming My Pain (2019), a collection of poetry, prose and collage; and her debut poetry collection, What Us Is (2017). She also served as Tacoma Poet Laureate from 2017-2019. Kellie is particularly inspired and called to explore the experiences of women of color, and the intersectionality of identities.

ROBERT LASHLEY is a writer and activist, as well as a 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award. Robert Lashley has had work published in The Seattle Review of Books, NAILED,  Poetry Northwest, McSweeney’s, and The Cascadia Review. His poetry was also featured in such anthologies as Many Trails to The Summitt, Foot Bridge Above The Falls, Get Lit,  Make It True, and It Was Written. His previous books include THE HOMEBOY SONGS (Small Doggies Press, 2014) and UP SOUTH (Small Doggies Press, 2017).

NICOLE MCCARTHY earned her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell. Her work has appeared in The OffingRedividerGlass: a Journal of PoetryThe Shallow EndsGhost ProposalMoonchild MagazineMemoir Mixtapes, Civil Coping Mechanism’s A Shadow Map anthology, the 2018 Best American Experimental Writing anthology and others. Her work has also been performed and encountered as projection installation pieces throughout Tacoma and Seattle and her written work can be found at nicolemccarthypoet.com. She is a 2018 Artist Trust GAP award recipient.

José Olivarez / Michael Haeflinger Poetry Reading

Join us at Open Books: A Poetry Emporium in Seattle on November 17 for an evening of poetry by José Olivarez and Michael Haeflinger. The event will begin at 5PM, and will include readings, signings and a chance to meet the poets.

 

About the Poets: 

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Chicago Magazine & elsewhere.

Originally from the Midwest, Michael Haeflinger is the author of two chapbooks, Love Poem for the Everyday (2011) and The Days Before (2014), both from Dog On A Chain Press. In 2016, he released Let’s Don’t Be Crazy, a spoken word and music album. He is the recipient of the Rutgers-Camden Award for Community Engagement (2013), The Amocat Award for Community Engagement (2017), and a Tacoma Arts Initiative Program Award (2015). He is the Executive Director for Write253, a literary arts organization in Tacoma, WA.