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Archive for the '2008 Writers' Category

Inspired by the ancients, Kevin Craft weaves classical themes into contemporary poetry. His studies and travels have led him to write with a deep sense of history. As he puts it, every writer has an inheritance, and he sought his in the Mediterranean. Kevin holds a BA in English and French from the University of […]

As a poet and a storyteller, Brian McGuigan tells it like it is, and then some. A listener of his work can feel grimy streets underfoot and see cracks in the buildings.His poems are personal and visceral and he has a great appreciation for the way things used to be. Born in Queens, NY, Brian […]

Judith Skillman grew up amidst a family of scientists and her poems reflect her early exposure to the natural world. She was often awakened at night to see a meteor shower or lunar eclipse. Her writing plays on themes in nature, elucidated by strong, earthy images. Judith’s tenth book, Heat Lightning, New and Selected Poems […]

Sharon Cumberland draws from her diverse life experience, including several years in a religious order, for her poems and fiction writing. She came up with the idea to write poems in plainsong, or Gregorian chant. The scope of this form, she says, allows her to write about anything and everything. Sharon is an Associate Professor […]

Rebecca Hoogs studies the roots of language and works with words’ meanings in her poetry. The result is dynamic wordplay that reads and sounds like a riddle, but cuts deeper into word evolution. Rebecca is the author of a chapbook, Grenade, and her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, […]

  Through his rich experience driving public transit buses in Seattle for more than 20 years, Michael Spence has innumerable stories to recount in his poetry. His unique perspective from the driver’s seat can be humorous, insightful, sorrowful, and revealing about society in general. Michael’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, […]

Merna Ann Hecht has devoted much of her life to teaching and helping children. When she isn’t teaching, she’s cooking because she finds cooking calms her down. And when she isn’t cooking, she’s fretting about the world. Those are the three things she does and the focus of her writing. Merna is a storyteller, poet, […]

Wendy Call came to writing through her work in political activism. Her experience as a community organizer inspired her to write about why people work for change in their communities. In this podcast, she explores how political writing can be effective and how different countries approach political journalism. Wendy was writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House […]

Ghida Sinno has created a series of stories looking at how different people experienced 9-11, or 9-1-1 as she calls it. The stories reflect the perspectives of Arab Americans and others, a half an hour after the attacks, a week after the attacks, a year after the attacks. Sinno uses irony and humor to soften […]

Through her experiences on the open road, with pregnancy, and with miscarriage, Jennifer Munro takes you on personal and high-speed adventures. Jennifer addresses women’s issues in new light and with humor. Born and raised in Hawaii as a fourth-generation islander, Jennifer now lives in Seattle. She has been published in journals such as North American […]

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