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Jane WongJane Wong dares to write poetry, fighting through words to help express “the unknowable.”

Wong is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Poems have appeared in CutBank, Mid-American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Salt Hill, The Volta, Best New Poets 2012, The Arcadia Project, and others. Her most recent chapbook is Kudzu Does Not Stop. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently a Ph.D. candidate and Ingham Fellow at the University of 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 Victor Noriega/2 Trios and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

John MullenJohn D. Mullen is a master storyteller, openly describing scenes from his youth with frank hilarity and impeccable delivery.

Mullen is a short story author and monologist. He has performed at On the Boards, Bumbershoot, New City Theater, Annex Theater, Park West Chicago, Mercer Island Youth Theater, and Richard Hugo House. His writing has appeared in the L.A. Times, Drawn and Quarterly, Modern Odysseys, and I Can’t Tell You Anything (Penguin Press), among others. He lives in Seattle, where he tries to get along with his condo neighbors by keeping his opinions to himself.

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 Victor Noriega/2 Trios and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Claudia Castro LunaThrough the eyes of her 14-year-old self, Claudia Castro Luna recounts her family’s journey across the border and to a new life.

Luna was born in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1981. Her poems have appeared in Milvia Street, The Womanist, and Riverbabble. She has been a featured reader for the Berkeley Poetry Festival and for KALW, an NPR affiliate in San Francisco. She recently completed WoundedCity, a poetry manuscript that investigates the intersections between language and the emotional geography of urban spaces. She is also working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civil War.

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 2 Trios and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

Anastacia TolbertUsing textural images and striking word combinations, Anastacia Tolbert’s writing imbues the page with vivid sensations.

Tolbert’s work is a syrupy rune–wings, words & why not. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, Hedgebrook Alumna, Jack Straw Writer, EDGE Professional Writer, VONA alum, creative writing workshop facilitator, documentarian, and playwright. She is writer, co-director, and co-producer of GOTBREAST? (2007): a documentary about the views of women regarding breast and body image.

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 Victor Noriega/2 Trios and produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.

THIS PODCAST CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.

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.

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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.

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