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Charles Potts
2007 Jack Straw Writers Program

Genre: Poetry

Charles Potts was the driving force underneath The Temple Bookstore, The Temple magazine, and The Temple School of Poetry. He received the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award in 1994 from the Alumni Association and the College of Arts and Sciences of Idaho State University. He founded Litmus Inc. in Seattle and Berkeley which published 18 first editions including Charles Bukowski's Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an 8-Story Window in 1968.

Potts' most recent books are The Portable Potts from West End Press and Kiot: Selected Early Poems 1963-1977 from Blue Begonia Press. He has been composing and publishing poetry since 1963.


Listen to Charles' interview with 2007 curator Matt Briggs and highlights from his live reading in the Jack Straw May Reading Series.

Check out KUOW's feature on Charles at KUOW.org.

Photo by Dean Wong
Jack Straw Productions: The Audio Arts Center for the Pacific Northwest