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Kate-Carroll-De-Gutes-BWSelf-deprecating and honest, Kate Carroll de Gutes serves her own brand of personal essay, much of which is uproariously funny.

A stickler for the serial comma, Kate Carroll de Gutes believes that there should always be two spaces between a period and the beginning of the next sentence. Her work has been featured in various anthologies and journals, including Fourth Genre, Seattle Review, New Plains Journal, Crosscurrents, and The Raven Chronicles. Kate holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop, and lives, writes, and rides her bike in Portland, Oregon.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Corry-Venema-Weiss-BW
Corry Venema-Weiss longed to write about strange worlds from her youth, but was deterred by the daunting task of imagining them from scratch. Then she discovered a fascinating world ready-made: the 18th century.

The result of nearly ten years of research, her novel, The Genius of Desire, is the story of Will Theroux, his fall from a careful, respectable life and his redemption in a world hidden from history: Georgian London’s nascent gay subculture.

A graduate of the inaugural class of Artist’s Trust Edge program, she is a past recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation and a residency at the Whaletown Institute. A midwife by training, she currently works in HIV research. She lives on an urban farm in Everett, Washington with her husband, one cat, and four chickens. Her proudest achievement: being the parent of another emerging writer.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Chelsea-Werner-JatzkeBWChelsea Werner-Jatzke recycles an old Pixies’ song, transforming song lyrics into living characters.

Werner-Jatzke holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, where she completed a collection of linked short stories, 1742 Second Avenue, pieces of which have been published in Guideword, The Conium Review, and ListenParty.com. Her music journalism, art criticism, and further published fiction can be found in Performer Magazine, The Stranger, The Brooklyn Rail, threeimaginarygirls.com, and Release Literary Journal.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Daemond-Arrindell-BWUsing physical language to convey universal emotions, Daemond Arrindell’s writing commands a visceral response.

Arrindell is a teaching artist, workshop facilitator, community organizer, and wants to be a poet when he grows up. He is producer and curator of the Seattle Poetry Slam, the longest running weekly show in Seattle; 8-time coach of the Seattle National Slam Team; faculty member of the Freehold Theatre; Writer-in-Residence with SAL’s Writers in the Schools; and facilitates residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex and Echo Glen Children’s Center.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Dennis-Caswell-BWDennis Caswell brings a bit of whimsy to some of life’s unanswered questions.

Caswell is the author of the poetry collection Phlogiston, published in 2012 by Floating Bridge Press. His work has appeared in Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, Monarch Review online, and assorted other journals and anthologies. He lives outside Woodinville, Washington and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Larry-Crist-BWLarry Crist’s colorful poems reflect intimate scenes, taken from ordinary moments.

Crist has lived in Seattle for the past 20 years and is originally from California, specifically Humboldt County (among other places). He has also lived in Chicago, Houston, London, and Philadelphia, where he received his MFA in theatre. He’s been widely published. Among some of his favorites are Pearl, Slipstream, Alimentum, Dos Passos Review, Floating Bridge Press, Evening Street Review, and Clover. He’s been nominated for 3 Pushcarts.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Peter-Munro-BWDrawing from his experience with an ailing parent, Peter Munro describes the delicate and painful reality of the human condition.

Peter Munro is a fisheries scientist who works in the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands, the Gulf of Alaska, and Seattle. He has had poems published here and there.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

THIS PODCAST CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.

Judith-Skillman-BWJudith Skillman experiments with form in her new work, shedding light on a personal history.

Skillman is the recipient of awards from Academy of American Poets, Washington State Arts Commission, and other organizations. Two of her books (RedTown, Prisoner of the Swifts) have been finalists for the Washington State Book Award. Skillman currently teaches at Yellow Wood Academy, Mercer Island, Washington.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Josephine-Ensign-BWJosephine Ensign examines her own desire to work with homeless people and the value of narrative advocacy work.

Ensign teaches health policy at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is writing a book titled Catching Homelessness, a narrative nonfiction account of her work as a nurse practitioner providing health care to homeless people while navigating her own passage through homelessness. She writes “Medical Margins,” a blog on health policy and nursing.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Emily-Perez-BWBlending cultural content with personal experience, Emily Pérez infuses her poetry with musicality.

Pérez is the author of Backyard Migration Route (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook drawn from her roots in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Borderlands, New Ohio Review, Ocho, Nimrod, and DIAGRAM, as well as other journals.

SoundPages was produced by Jack Straw Productions as part of the Jack Straw Writers Program. All of the writers heard in this series are published in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and featured online at http://www.jackstraw.org/.

Music by the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

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