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2020 POETS

Subhaga Crystal Bacon

Subhaga Crystal Bacon is the author of Elegy with a Glass of Whisky, winner of the 2004 BOA Editions, New Poetry America Prize. She teaches English and Communications at Wenatchee Valley College in Omak, and is a member of the Confluence Poets. She lives and writes in Twisp.

Peggy Barnett

Peggy Barnett was a photographer in New York for 50 years. In 2006, she moved to the Pacific Northwest, and while taking images of nature there, compiled her poetic memoir On Your Left!, about the transition from East Coast to West Coast. To her, life has always been humorous and unexpectedly quirky.

E. Briskin

E.’s work has been published by Scrivener Creative Review, Pacifica Literary Review, and Barrow Street. E.’s first book, Orange, is forthcoming from Entre Ríos Books. Originally from Virginia, E. has lived in Seattle for many years.

Catherine Bull

Catherine Bull is a Seattle-based poet with a collection called Muskoxen Slow It Down and a chapbook, Rambo/Rimbaud. Her work has been published in Bellingham Review, FIELD, Literary Bohemian, WA129: Poets of Washington, and many other journals and anthologies. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and U.C. Davis.

photo credit: Dean Davis

photo credit: Dean Davis

Thom Caraway

Thom lives in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood. For the last couple years, he’s worked in letterpress printing and collage, as well as in poetry. He often has ink on him. His most recent collection is What the Sky Lacks. He served as Spokane’s poet laureate 2013-2015.

Charles Castle

Charles Castle lives in Eugene, Oregon. He’s published several books of poetry including A Good-night in America and Chasing Down the Storm.  He believes in the spoken word and he’s never met an open mic he didn’t like. In his other life he supervises the building of temporary housing for the homeless.

Xavier Cavazos

Xavier Cavazos is the author of Diamond Grove Slave Tree, and Barbarian at the Gate, which was published in the Poetry Society of America's New American Poets Chapbook Series. Cavazos earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University and currently teaches at CWU and serves on the Executive Board of Humanities Washington.

T. Clear

Seattle poet T. Clear is a founder of Floating Bridge Press. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry Northwest, The Moth, Cirque Journal, Sheila-Na-Gig, and numerous anthologies.  Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Award and Independent Best American Poetry Award.

* Join T. Clear for 6 days of poetry and discovery in Westport, Ireland, September 13-18, 2020.

Risa Denenberg

Risa Denenberg lives in Sequim, WA, where she works as a nurse practitioner. She is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press and curator at The Poetry Café, an online meeting place where poetry chapbooks are reviewed. She has published three full length collections of poetry, most recently, slight faith (MoonPath Press, 2018).

Victoria C. Flanagan

Victoria C. Flanagan holds an MFA in poetry and creative non-fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. Their writing has received support from the Academy of American Poets and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and can be found in journals like The Boiler, New South, and Blackbird. A Carolina transplant, they live and teach in Ellensburg.

Nancy Flynn

Nancy Flynn grew up on the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania, spent years on a downtown creek in Ithaca, New York, and now lives near the mighty Columbia in Portland, Oregon, where she grows way too many dahlias in her front yard. Her latest poetry collection is Every Door Recklessly Ajar.

Knox Gardner

Knox Gardner is the publisher and editor-in-chief at Entre Ríos Books, an independent press in Seattle, gay owned and queerly run. He believes queers should control their own means of production. Woodland is his first full-length collection and he would admit that he was not prepared for the rigors of Oregon State’s forestry school.

Randie Gottlieb

Dr. Randie Gottlieb has been chased by street gangs in Morocco, eaten dog soup in Bolivia, played volleyball on Team-USA, worked as a child actor in Hollywood, founded a school in Puerto Rico, created Montessori materials with Ngäbe Indians in Panama, and earned degrees from Cal State and Harvard. She is CEO of UnityWorks and lives in Yakima.

David Guterson

David Guterson is the author of 11 books, including the novel Snow Falling on Cedars and, most recently, a book-length poem titled Turn Around Time, illustrated by Justin Gibbens.

Michael Haeflinger

Michael Haeflinger is originally from the Midwest. His first collection, Low Static Rage (Blue Cactus Press), was released in 2019. He has two previous chapbooks, Love Poem for the Everyday (2011) and The Days Before (2014), and a spoken word album, Let's Don't Be Crazy (2016). He lives in Tacoma, WA, where he directs Write253, a non-profit organization devoted to working with teens interested in creative writing.

Brooke Matson

Brooke Matson’s second collection of  poetry, In Accelerated Silence, was selected by Mark Doty as winner of the Jake Adam York Prize and is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in February 2020. Matson’s poems have appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, and Copper Nickel. She resides in Spokane.

Dayna Patterson

Dayna Patterson is the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in POETRY, Ruminate, Sugar House Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry.

David J. S. Pickering

Because David Pickering earns his living as a human resources director, he always writes on Saturdays in the best coffee shop he can find. David recently moved to The Dalles, a town sadly bereft of good coffee joints. He continues to write, anyway. He has no website, barely acknowledges email. If you want to know more, ask him.

photo credit: Dean Davis

photo credit: Dean Davis

Ed Stover

Ed Stover is happily retired from a 40-year career as a daily newspaper journalist. He lives in Yakima, where he writes, hikes, and bikes, serves as president of the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets, and is active in the Central Washington poetry community. He's author of the chapbook Homecoming 

(Labyrinth Press, 2019).

Aileen Keown Vaux

Aileen Keown Vaux is a writer, educator, and public speaker whose chapbook Consolation Prize was published in 2018 by Scablands Books and whose bi-monthly column can be found in Spokane's alternative newspaper The Inlander. 

photo credit: Dean Davis

Thomas Walton

Thomas Walton is the author of All the Useless Things Are Mine (forthcoming, Sagging Meniscus, 2020); The World Is All That Does Befall Us (Ravenna, 2019); and a co-author with Elizabeth Cooperman of The Last Mosaic (Sagging Meniscus, 2018). His work has appeared in Rivet, Pontoon, ZYZZYVA, and other journals. He is founding editor of Pageboy Magazine, and lives in Seattle.

Michael Dylan Welch

Michael Dylan Welch is a contributing editor for Spring, the journal of the E. E. Cummings Society. He has given numerous Cummings seminars and papers at Hugo House and American Literature Association conferences. Former poet laureate of Redmond, WA, he runs Poets in the Park and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, and curates SoulFood Poetry Night.

photo credit: Dean Davis

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