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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Tenure by M. Tenure:Ten Years of Poetry by M. Greenfield by M. Tenure is a ten-year coming-of-age journey in the form of poetry. From ages 15 to 25, Matt Greenfield wrote down poems: poems as assignments for his own teachers, poems meant as life lessons for his own students; poems as bets, poems as birthday presents; poems as silly experiments, poems as philosophical introspection; poems as poems. Collected in this volume is the compl Tenure is a ten-year coming-of-age journey in the form of poetry. Collected in this volume is the complete poetry of an emerging writer in chronological order of composition.

From the absurd epic of the urinal "Tripdych" to the bold statement of love to an entire city in "Ode to Cleveland," Tenure will obfuscate and amaze, annoy and engage, and chronicle that inward road—that "tenure track"—that young poets and young-at-heart readers all travel upon. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Tenure , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews.

Showing Salisbury is the author of two books of short fiction and ten books of poetry. Fedora Giordano. Her poems have appeared widely and most recently in the online journals Slipstream and Salt River Review. Mel Sanders Who publishes as Mel Sterling started writing stories in elementary school and wrote her first full-length novel in a spiral-bound notebook at age twelve.

Her favorite Christmas present was a typewriter and a ream of paper. After college, she found herself programming computers and writing technical documentation. A few years ago, she rediscovered romance writing during a bout of insomnia and began to indulge her passion with a vengeance. She lives with her computer geek husband in a quiet happy house full of books, animals and ideas. She has a category romance out with Harlequin, and is in the process of self-publishing a fantasy romance expected publication date: early For more information, please visit www.

Victor David Sandiego A poet, musician and composer formerly living in Seattle. He remembers the first moon landing, the anti-war movement that rose during the Vietnam era, and the mysticism of Carlos Castaneda and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. More at victordavid. Arturo Sarmiento A bilingual poet who was born in Mexico City.

He started writing poetry at the age of 16 years-old. Arturo has been living in Salem, OR. She lives in Eugene, Oregon. She also developed a new author's section for emerging and local authors. For the past nine years, she has worked with low-income youth, families and senior citizens at Housing Kitsap. Their stories of loss and triumph are subjects she often expresses in her work. New to presenting at poetry readings and navigating the maze of the publishing world, she is not new to the sound of music in words, which she says first captured her attention while reading the "Book of Psalms" out on a summer lawn.

Now she's begun dusting off old poems. His altered ego, A. Michael's poetry is widely published in journals and anthologies, and his writing and speaking have been supported by King County 4Culture, Humanities Washington, and HistoryLink. More info available michaelschein. Michael is the author of Just Deceits , a historical courtroom mystery, available in most bookstores and online on his website, www. It is highly recommended. Check his website www.

He also reviews books of poetry for At The Inkwell. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle where he teaches workshops to people of all ages. He and his wife, Loretta, live in Oakland, CA. Some of the poems incorporate Yiddish words, Israeli sites, Hebrew history and ethnic oppression. Willa lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon. Willa is also a clay sculptor, photographer and social worker in private practice. Her first volume of poetry Box Poems was published by alicejamesbooks. Martin's Press. For more info visit www. He lives in Portland. Penelope Scambly Schott Author of a novel, ten full-length poetry books, and six chapbooks.

Published in was How I Became an Historian. Penelope lives in Portland and Dufur, Oregon where she teaches a poetry workshop. While both places strongly inform her poetry, it is the human experiences that imbue her work with the warmth and insights for which she is known. Victory has been in poetry's thrall for most of her life, but totally fell as a high schooler after hearing Gary Snyder read and speak at Colorado State University. She suddenly knew she'd stumbled upon her path and her passion. Many years later the path remains true.

Long engaged in serving poetry and community, Victory has served two terms as Vice President and two terms as President of the Washington Poets Association, and was one of the founders of the WPA's annual Burning Word poetry festival. She can be reached at the RobSchouten Gallery. He has a B. He has lived in Seattle since and has been writing since He is a fly-fisher, mycologist, student of yoga.

He admits to a preference for the more formal properties of language as regards diction, syntax, overall tone apart from rhyme, regular meter, or genre. Her work was named a finalist in the National Poetry Series. She is a Pushcart nominee. In recent years he has read from his work at international festivals, conferences, and universities in China, Turkey, France, Belgium, Portugal, Russia, Argentina, and Peru. He has been writing poetry for thirty-three years. I then threw them away as I felt they had not reflected maturity as a poet.

The habit of writing every day, and producing poems very slowly continues to this day. After almost twenty-five years of so writing, I finally produced thirty poems I wanted to keep. They became my first book of poems, Thirty Poems. One reason I produce slowly is that it is my discipline to subject each poem to about drafts, and then to let the poem set unread for six months to a year at which time I do a last draft and release it. Most of my poems have been influenced by the belief that one of our society's deepest repressions is that of our mortality, and of the sufferings of the poor.

Therefore, they are, for the most part, poems of darkness and death. He is also at work on a collection of essays titled, God in the Land of Wheaties. Keith Scribner Has worked as a carpenter, a merchant marine, and a Boston cabbie. His third novel, The Oregon Experiment , was released in June Heidi Seaborn In my teens and twenties, I wrote, published, won contests and gave extensive readings of my poetry. Then life got in the way. After three decades, three kids, four marriages, 27 moves and a successful business career, I started writing again late with the advantage of all that experience.

Living in Seattle, I am currently benefiting from the mentorship of David Wagoner and the wonderful community of the Richard Hugo House. In he was appointed the Poet Laureate of Oregon. Sears is the award-winning author of five books of poetry. His first book-length collection, Tour: New and Selected Poems , was published in Founding Organizations include: Co-founded with Michael Malan Cloudbank Books, Co-founded with Kim Stafford Friends of William Stafford, ; served as director, Founded Oregon Literary Coalition, , a coalition of writers and non-profit organizations for networking and advocacy, served as director through Initiated Across the River, first multi-state literary project in the U.

Roy R. Seitz Drew the pirate and never heard back from the arts institute, so he fell over sideways, into poetry. In a past life, he was a journeyman carpenter, and currently is a lab-rat for a medical study. He appears frequently at readings throughout Puget Sound and features at the Veterans for Peace conference the summer of Gunturu Seshenrdra Sharma Oct. Graduated from the Andhra Christian College guntur A. P , did Law from the Madras University. He knew Telugu, English, Hindi and Sanskrit proficiently.

Inevitably a poet is known mainly for the works that brought recognition to him. Epics like Adhunik Mahabharatham, Janavamsam spiraled his emergence on the Indian literary scene establishing him as a major voice of the country. He was recipient of the Central Sahitya Academy Fellowship, the highest honour in the literary world of India, reserved for immortals of literature. Yuva kalaa Vaahini, a popular cultural organization felicitated him recently and honoured him with the title seshendra: visionary poet of the Millennium.

Milliman Awards. He also holds an M. He is widely published in numerous journals and anthologies.

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His interviews of Ivan Doig and William Stafford's family appeared in The Seattle Review , where he has served as the creative nonfiction editor since Louis Poetry Center Award. His work has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Wenatchee Valley College, and lives outside Leavenworth. It won the Southwest Books of the Year award. Tim Sherry Tim has been a public high school teacher and coach, a high school principal, volunteered over the years in church and community activities, and is a grandfather.

He earned a B. His work is widely published and anthologized. He co-edits the poetry magazine Hubbub. Martha Silano Born and raised in New Jersey. Saturnalia Books will publish House of Mystery , her fifth collection, in early George Silverstar Lived and wrote in Port Townsend for the last seventeen years of his life. He wrote about his Yakima Indian heritage, the wonders of childhood, and loneliness.

He took his own life in A collection of his poetry, Silverstar , was published in by Sagitarius Press with funding from the Port Townsend Art Guild, friends and neighbors. She is the author of a book of poetry titled, Waking the Muse. She recently read her poetry in the Harrisburg Capitol. First Lady Susan Corbett attended. Melanie hails from a talented literary family including her late mother Elinor Melvin a poet, pianist and former newspaper editor, and her Uncle, Patrick Sloyan, a two-time Pulitzer-prize winning war journalist from Newsday.

Sarah Singer The author of three books of poetry, Sarah Singer had won more than fifty awards for her poetry. She was born in Brooklyn, N. She had a long and distinguished career in poetry circles—president of the Seattle branch of The National League of American Pen Women from to ; executive director of the Reading Series for The Poetry Society of America from to ; consulting editor from to for Poet Lore ; and vice-president of The Poetry Society of America from to She won first prize in the structured verse category in the international contest sponsored by the Palomar Branch of the National League of American Pen Women , an honorable mention and first prize in the Carlin Aden Award given by the Washington Poets Association.

She was also among the top ten winners in the structured verse category in a contest sponsored by Writers Digest. Bauhan, After the Beginning , William L. Bauhan, Bill Siverly Was raised in Idaho and has lived in Portland since He taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Portland Community College for twenty-five years. Since he has been co-editor with Michael McDowell of Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place , which features poetry of the Pacific Northwest and appears twice yearly on the equinoxes.

The path of Clearwater Way is an imaginative journey, through personal, historical and geological time, from the Washington Coast, up the Columbia, Snake and Clearwater Rivers, into the woods of North Idaho.

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Daniel Skach-Mills Award-winning poet, author, and former Trappist monk. Manzou a Chinese farewell that literally means: walk slowly was published in January Robin Skelton One of Canada's most distinguished or eccentric, according to one's point of view poets and critics, he taught creative writing at the University of Victoria, B. Born October 12, in Yorkshire, England, he served in the R.

After the war, he received B. In he traveled to Dublin to research the work of the Irish playwright, J. Synge and acquired a strong affection for Ireland and Irish literature. A scholar of considerable talents and varied interests whether as poet, writer, anthologist, editor, literary or dramatic critic, collage artist, publisher, administrator or dedicated teacher, his output was prodigious with over one hundred separate titles to his credit during his long career. Socially a non-conformist, he became interested in the occult and was initiated into the Wiccan tradition and wrote several works on witchcraft including Spellcraft , Talismanic Magic , and The Practice of Witchcraft Today Robin Skelton died on 27 August , aged He was a good friend of Charles Lillard.

She has had residencies at Centrum and Hedgebrook Cottages for Women. Currently she is an adjunct faculty member at City University. Many Northwest poets have influenced Skillman. Beth Bentley's workshops in verse writing at the University of Washington were tremendously important to her. Free verse is her preferred mode of writing, but she attempts to conform words to music using a three or four beat line in stanzas of equal length.

In addition to writing poems, she is a closet violinist. Her recent book, Latticework , was inspired by the quilts of Erika Carter. An educator, editor, and translator, Judith lives with her husband in Newcastle, Washington. Please see www. He has taught poetry workshops for the Washington Poets Association and at a number of American universities. Readings at over universities, high schools, festivals, etc. Founding editor of The Bellingham Review.

Director of and book editor for the Signpost Press Inc. Skinner also maintains a home in Killaspuglanane, County Clare, with his spouse, Edna Faye Kiel, who is the subject of a number of his poems. Marie Slaight - Has worked in Montreal, New Orleans, and Buenos Aires as a writer, producer, and performer for film, theatre and music. Tom Smario Is the author of seven books of poetry and makes his living as an orthopedic technician at Kaiser Hospital in Portland. A chance encounter at a reading of Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, turned him into a lifelong appreciator of poetry and poet.

Then, while working as a teacher's aid at San Quentin, Smario was asked to act as a cornerman for a classmate from Laney College in Oakland. A cornerman does whatever it takes to address the wounds of the fighter before the next bell rings. The classmate was fighting in an exhibition game against inmates in San Quentin, and Smario's two callings merged.

Smario has worked professional bouts over the last thirteen years, including seven world championships and numerous title fights. Smario's two most recent collections of poetry are Notes of a Cornerman and Knuckle Sandwiches. In addition to writing poetry, working his full-time job, and ministering to boxing lacerations, Smario trains fighters at the Grand Avenue Gym in Portland, Oregon.

Lucas Smiraldo Pacific Northwest writer, performing poet and twelve-time produced playwright. He has recently joined forces with master griot and kora player, Foday Musa Suso, to present a unique performance of spoken word, song, and social and political narrative. He moved to Silverton in with his partner Carol Storke. He publishes books under the imprint Fast Books.

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Tracy K. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. In , the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. She lives in Princeton. Gary Snyder American poet, essayist, critic, naturalist and environmental activist, and translator of Chinese and Japanese literature.

One of the most respected and best known poets and writers from the American West and often associated with the San Francisco Renaissance. His work also reflects his immersion in both Buddhist spirituality and nature. Snyder taught for several years at the University of California, Davis. Gary Snyder was born in California but grew up in the Northwest where he developed a deep interest in the culture of the Native American people and their relationship with nature. He attended Reed College in Portland where he published his first poems. During his college years, he worked as a seaman and in the back country of the Northwest as a fire lookout, logger and in Yosemite as a trail builder.

He graduated with degrees in anthropology and literature. During these years he immersed himself in Zen Buddhism and in he enrolled at the University of California Berkeley to focus on Asian studies. Between and , he traveled back and forth to California and Japan, studying Zen and environmental subjects and working on translations. His numerous essays set forth his views on poetry, culture, and environmental issues.

He is a frequent contributor to anthologies and periodicals. First American to receive the award. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Grey Fox Press, Wole Soyinka was born on 13 July in western Nigeria. After early university studies in in Africa, he got his doctorate at the University of Leeds in He has taught drama and literature at universities in Africa and he has also taught at Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and most recently at University of Nevada and at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.

Soyinka was released in after amnesty was declared at the end of the war. Soyinka has published about 20 works of drama, two novels, four memoirs, literary essays, and ten collections of poetry.

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He writes in English and his literary language is very rich. His plays have been performed both in London and Africa. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in , the first African to be so honoured. In his acceptance speech he was very critical of apartheid. In he was one of eight international writers who traveled to Ramallah in the West Bank to honor and read with Mahmoud Darwish, the great Palestinian poet, who was not allowed to travel abroad to receive an award.

A French film crew accompanied the writers as they witnessed for themselves the hardships suffered every day by the Palestinian people. After a three-year stay in Northern Wisconsin he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he has remained ever since. His poems, reviews, graphics, articles and translations have appeared in numerous journals and small press literary publications.


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Michael Spence Has B. After serving four years in the U. Navy, he began a four-decade career as a Metro bus driver. He lives with his wife in Tukwila, Washington. She went to Japan as an exchange student and then the University of Chicago. Settling in El Cerrito, California, she did volunteer work in the community and raised a family. Wanting a career in horticulture, she resumed her studies in the community college system.

Her desire to find self-expression through the written word began during her year in Japan in and the inspired instruction of her freshman English teacher at the University of Chicago, the poet Henry Rago. Throughout the years, Kristen continued to write. With her eldest son's traumatic death, the foundations of her life were torn away and writing was all that was left. Events following Colby's suicide taught her that she needed to reach out to others who were grieving, and thus Passing Reflections www.

Ann Spiers Holds a B. She is a multi-talented writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and plays. She is also a teacher, performer, and active organizer and juror in the arts community. Her website is www. Her work has also been widely published in numerous journals and anthologies. She was founding co-editor and cover editor of The Seattle Review , University of Washington, and also co-founder of Pioneer Playwright's Lab She has served as a member of the King County Arts Commission and has done extensive work as a performance playwright. As well as teaching, Ann Spiers manages environmental and stewardship projects for land trusts.

See more at www. In , he chose to take an early retirement as a college professor to live in creative poverty and find his poetic voice. In his twenty years of artistic creativity, Splake has become a legend in the small press circles for his writings and photographs.

His artistic supporters believe Splake possesses and original creative vision and language as well as exhaustive working habits. Besides the publication of many books, poems, and photographs in literary journals, writers, poets, and photographers are invited to work—create—at the T. Kilgore Splake writing studio and library at the Calumet art center in Calumet, Michigan.

Kilgore Splake. He lives in Wyoming with his wife, Virginia, with whom he wrote the screenplay for his novel, An Unfinished Life , starring Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman, and released in Michael Spring Author of three poetry books. Mudsong was also included in a list of outstanding poetry books in Oregon history, nominated by the public and announced in by Oregon State Library and Poetry Northwest. His third book Root of Lightning was released April, His poems have appeared in numerous journals in the U.

He is also a poetry editor for The Pedestal Magazine. Michael Spring lives in O'Brien, Oregon where he works as a natural builder and martial art instructor. Marilyn Stablein Former Seattleite and current resident of Portland, Oregon where she and her husband, Gary, opened Anthology Books with its extensive 5, selection of used, rare poetry titles and ephemera as well as art, fiction, etc.

Author of twelve books, she received her Creative Writing degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Houston where she was a Cullen Fellow. A former book critic for the Seattle Times , her poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in over a hundred magazines and journals. See her personal website marilynstablein. Kim Stafford Kim Stafford, the son of William and Dorothy Stafford, is an award-winning poet and writer of songs as well as prose. A graduate of the University of Oregon B. Well known throughout the Pacific Northwest and California as a speaker, story-teller, singer-performer, and oral historian, Kim celebrates "human experience, the quiet voices of local life everywhere.

Visit Kim Stafford's World of Affinities at www. William Stafford His friend, Marvin Bell , described William Stafford as a "genuinely admirable man, with a life made out of whole cloth. A conscientious objector and peace-loving man, he served in a civilian capacity at forestry camps and social agencies during WWII. During the teaching years he earned his Ph. His first book of poetry, West of Your City , was published in He taught and traveled widely throughout the central and western U. Information Agency in the Middle East.

The recipient of many awards, he was Oregon's Poet Laureate. Click on the Friends of William Stafford web site - a rich resource to the life and work of William Stafford as well as to other poetry and literary resources. David Stallings Was born in the U. Once an academic geographer, he has spent many years promoting public transportation in the Puget Sound area. His poems have appeared in several North American and U. She lives with her family in Seattle. Scott T. His blog is Trees, Fish, and Dreams at riverseek. After dropping out of Princeton, he continued his education on the road, riding freight trains and working at a variety of jobs around the country.

He has been a ranch hand in eastern Oregon, a newspaper reporter on Wall Street, a door to door salesman, and a merchant seaman. For forty years he worked construction up and down the West Coast, as a carpenter and carpenter foreman on projects of all kinds, from bridge-building to cabinet-making.

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He has three grown children and lives with his wife on forty-three acres in the foothills of the Coast Range, outside of Dallas, Oregon. As a poet he has received a scholarship from the Breadloaf Writers Conference as well as a grant and year-long residence at the Helene V. Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. In he was the Witter Bynner Fellow and poet-in-residence at Willamette University, where he taught on several previous occasions. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines over the years, and in anthologies ranging from Walter Lowenfels' Where is Vietnam?

He has given readings in San Francisco and throughout the Northwest. He was selected to be the Robert Sund Trust Poet. Studying Russian on Company Time , an account in verse and prose of his involvement with Russia and the Russian language, was published in by Silverfish Review Press and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

Traveling Incognito , a letterpress chapbook was published in by WoodWorks. His book, Rembrandt, Chainsaw , was published by WoodWorks in His sixth book of poetry, is Old Dogs, New Tricks Barbara Steele Is making a slow, painstaking, deliberate return to work these days. With her first poem published in , work at The Sun from Chemeketa, two degrees from Willamette University, study at The Naropa Institute; and after marriage and raising children, she is ready for her poetry to shine once again. A graduate of the University of California at Irvine and at Berkeley, and California State University at Los Angeles, she has taught at the college level for several years.

A poet, novelist, and critic, she lives in Los Angeles. I've worked as a secretary, waitress, oral historian of Los Angeles, grunt at a publishing house, TV producer, radio producer, free-lance writer, and college professor in both psychology and English. Lisa M. Since , she and her husband, Jim Shugrue, have edited the poetry magazine Hubbub.

She also holds a Master's in Writing from Portland State University where she is an adjunct instructor in the English Department, teaching poetry writing workshops and literature courses. Primus St. Her prose has been a finalist for the Eludia Award for Fiction, the A. Against my Dreams, published by Painted Snake Press, is a collection of narrative poems written in the voice of her maternal grandmother. Linda has worked as a proofreader, editor, graphic artist, teacher, trainer, and mediator. She lives with her husband, a biologist and wildlife photographer, in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes and creates art quilts.

Robert Sund November 29 , a beloved native Northwest poet, Sund was considered by many to be the region's unofficial poet laureate. Sund was a poet, painter, musician, calligrapher, translator, and master woodworker. Born in Olympia, Robert Sund was adopted as a young child and grew up on the family farm in Chehalis Valley, Washington.

After high school he entered the UW to study medicine but after meeting Theodore Roethke, he changed his path. Robert worked summers in the woods at one of the last railroad logging camps in the Northwest. Robert finished his B. In the late s, he worked in the Alaskan fishing industry, mostly as a cook. During this time, he filled notebooks with poems and observations of nature. In the s he worked in the wheat fields near Walla Walla and wrote the poems for Bunch Grass , his first published collection.

The seventies found Robert often broke, but always true to his calling. He sold single calligraphed poems and an occasional work of art in Seattle, shot pool in taverns, wrote more poems, and discovered the work of Karl Jung. During that same time, Robert learned the autoharp, which became his lifelong instrument. He often spent time at Shi-Shi beach where he built a cabin.

And later he abandoned gill-netter shacks on the North Fork of the Skagit River. Krafft had already moved there, and soon there was a thriving community of artists. In , he hosted Kenneth Rexroth at a poetry reading in La Conner. He was diagnosed with diabetes. Soon after, another chapbook was published. He ran for mayor of La Conner but did not win. He worked in the schools as poet-in-residence in the late s and into the s. He moved to Anacortes where he found a tiny cottage. Here, he wrote the Garden Poems.

Robert found a musical soul mate in guitarist Brad Killian, and their guitar-autoharp duets were delightful to hear. Robert put great faith in the teachings of the Buddha, although he recognized the universal truth at the core of all religions. Robert Sund passed away on September 29, , in Anacortes.

Robert Sund's last will and testament established a trust, with a board of trustees, to receive and oversee his work, and to build his long cherished vision of a "poet's house" with three separate residences for visiting artists-a poet, a potter, and a calligrapher. Check the Robert Sund Poet's House web site for poetry and biographical information www. Christine Swanberg Christine Swanberg has been writing, publishing, and recycling her poetry for two decades. She believes that each poem should reach as many people as possible through the written venue and through vibrant oral readings.

She writes about everything that stirs her; married life, loss, adventure, gardening, horses, memories She has chosen the path of poetry because it is a contemplative, musical, sensual, and intellectual art that never ceases to challenge her. Her past career as an English teacher as well as the many wild and wacky jobs, places, people, and coincidences that have happened to her have shaped her poetry.

She earned a C. Her newest collection, The Alleluia Tree , is forthcoming. Joan Swift Has B. State Governor's Award. Born in Rochester, New York, she grew up there and in northern Pennsylvania. Geronimo Tagatac His father was from northern Luzon in the Philippines. His mother was a Russian Jew. His stepmother is a Cajun from Happy Jack, Louisiana. He is one of six children. D work in political science. Geronimo has worked as a legislative consultant, a university instructor, a container ship cargo planner, a dishwasher, fry cook, folksinger, computer system planner, and a roofer.

He's also been a performing modern and jazz dancer. Geronimo has lived on Taiwan and in Hong Kong. He's wandered, with his teenage daughter, through England, Scotland, France, and Ireland. Geronimo has been the recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship , and a Fishtrap Fellowship. He's taught short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, songwriting, publishing, and magical realism at the Fishtrap summer writers' conference. Portland State University's Ooligan Press recently published his first book-length collection of short stories, The Weight of the Sun , which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

He lives and writes in Salem, Oregon. Mary's mother and brother Billy became terminally ill with tuberculosis and later died of the disease. Before they died, however, Mary was adopted by a non-Native couple the attending physician and his wife and taken away from her village. At the age of six, Mary and her adoptive family moved to Oregon, and then to Unalaska on the Aleutian chain, where Mary felt more at home. Her adopted mother taught her literature and she began writing.

Her first story was published when she was ten. Mary was in her early teens when the family moved to central California. Two marriages and divorce followed graduation from high school. In she moved to Las Vegas where she worked as a legal secretary. She then moved back to California and lived in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, supporting herself by working in law offices. All the time she continued to write. On a camping trip to the mountains, she came up with her pen name TallMountain, after a mountain near the Yukon River that she remembered from her childhood.

Suffering the loss of her family and homeland, and alienated by mainstream American culture, she felt she could only go home again by writing. Writing helped her to reclaim her ancestry, family and homeland, and claim her own native voice. Her stories and poems portray life along the Yukon River and her removal from that land.

Her work also captures images of street life in inner city San Francisco. For more than twenty years, TallMountain was active in the Native American literature renaissance. Her work is used in teaching Native American Studies at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Mary TallMountain encouraged struggling writers of all ages and backgrounds, from San Francisco to remote villages in Alaska where she taught poetry to children in her later years. She was its poet in residence in and participated in its workshops and performances. For many years she also wrote a column called "Meditations for Wayfarers" in the bi-monthly Franciscan publication, T he Way of St.

Francis Friars Press, San Francisco. She died in Her will stipulated that the proceeds from her published works go to benefit low-income writers, particularly Native Americans and writers living in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. The TallMountain Circle publishes, promotes and distributes her literary works, and carries out the goals of her will. Her poems, stories and essays have been published in dozens of anthologies and periodicals nationwide.

Margaret Cruikshank, St. Magic Realism. He is past president of the Seattle Free Lances, oldest professional writing organization in the Pacific Northwest. He has taught fiction writing at Edmonds Community College. Website BruceBTaylor. Jim Teeters Retired social worker, writer, and seminar leader. His poems have also appeared in Beginnings , Arnazella , and Poets at the Kent Canterbury Faire and two anthologies on parenting and motherhood.

Jim lives in Kent with his wife, Rebecca. Her collaborative book with Ellen Ziegler, featuring photographs and poems about ventriloquism, is Exercises to Free the Tongue. She is currently working on a collection of poems, titled just about to lose my mind , about how Motown music pulled her through the slog of teenage chaos, while growing up in Philadelphia. Leonard L. Tews Was born on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin and went to a one-room schoolhouse through his first eight grades. Currently he is divorced with four children and seven grandchildren.

After he retired as a professor of biology, he began writing poetry as a legacy to his descendants. This interest culminated in a chapbook called Family Poems. His second collection of poems Dance Steps is about personalities in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle where he lived for some years.

Buddhism, nature and genealogy are important influences in his writing.

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Len Tews has a feel for language that is precise and economic. There are no extra or unneeded words. His poems show intelligence and a keen sense of observation. The clarity of his thought fuses with precision of language so that the emotional power of the poem is indistinguishable from its structure.

Earle Thompson Yakima Indian who lived in Seattle. Gary Thompson His latest book of poems, One Thing After Another , published by Turning Point, is a collection of six widely different lyrical sequences. He and his wife, Linda, have lived in the Northwest for fifteen years; six years ago they moved to San Juan Island, bringing their old trawler, Keats, home to the waters they love. My father was there occupying the country, and my mother was seeing the world beyond Missouri for the first time. Since then, I've been a poet then not a poet, then a poet again, and I think it'll stick this time.

May die here but who knows? I have a fondness for Godzilla movies, women with red hair my wife has been dying hers black recently, go figure , and pad thai. I write to understand the world, to capture the visions I perceive flickering on the periphery of my sight, and to touch other people as I have been touched. Now, more than ever, I think it is important for people to come together and speak words of desire and dreaming, and emphasize the possibilities of being human.

He has also worked as a technical writer in the software industry. He is a West Coast person with whole world interests. Julia Clare Tillinghast Is from Michigan. She has spent a number of years, on and off, living in Istanbul, Turkey, and is co-translator, along with Richard Tillinghast, of Dirty August , selected poems of the experimental 20th-century Turkish poet Edip Cansever. She lives in Portland with her son, Hamza.

He is currently engaged in writing a non-fiction travel book tentatively called Breakfast at the Airport. After living for five years in Ireland, he returned to the U. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in, Alehouse Journal , Women. A retired teacher, she taught English and Spanish for 24 years then returned to teach Spanish for another eight years.

Active in local organizations and her church, she is an ardent traveler and avid reader. A widow, she lives in Holdenville near her daughter and son-in-law. Many of her poems, articles and interviews have also been published in local newspapers. When I was in the seventh grade, my idol was Mrs. Jennie Ellis, an elderly English teacher. I wrote my first poem, a limerick, when I was eleven years old. Through the years I continued to read and to write poetry. Some were at St. In the s she took up the study of classic Greek at the University of Dubuque, Iowa. By she and Paul Triem had settled in Seattle, and she continued her Greek studies at the University of Washington.

Widely published in periodicals and anthologies, she conducted workshops and readings across the country and was the recipient of several awards from foundations, including the Charlotte Arthur Foundation, National Institute of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, Hart Crane Memorial Fund, and the Western States Arts Federation.

Cummings , University of Minnesota pamphlets on American Writers, no. Originally from Southeastern Massachusetts, she has lived in many places on the West Coast and in the Midwest and now makes her home in Washington State.


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  • In addition to writing poetry and essays, she is also a law professor and a practicing attorney who represents Indian Tribes. She has a private counseling practice called Keep The Change. She also writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Lena Khalaf Tuffaha Lena has lived the experiences of first-generation American, immigrant, and expatriate. Her heritage is Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian and she is fluent in Arabic.

    She has lived in and travelled across the Arab world, and many of her poems are inspired by the experience of crossing borders: cultural, geographic, political, borders between the present and the living past. Lives and works in Seattle. Arthur is working on his first manuscript of poetry. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in with the 10th Mountain Division. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship. His much-praised second collection, Phantom Noise , is a window into dealing with the traumatic after-effects of war.

    See his website www. After a long, lucrative career in arts administration, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, the Pantages, Rialto, Theatre on the Square and the Jones Building , Turner left the field to become a writing educator. She has been an artist in resident at Centrum and teaches writing and literature at Clover Park High School. Her broadside Pagoda was recently published by Springtide Press. Was the Tacoma Poet Laureate for Earned his B. Poet, writer, literary historian, editor, linguist, and educator, Venn is an eclectic, complex and distinguished figure in Northwest American literature.

    As one university press editor described him, "Venn's blend of creativity and scholarship is unique The last two awards recognized his designing and serving as General Editor of the Oregon Literature Series OSU Press , a six-volume, 2,page historical anthology of Oregon writing from pre-settlement to post-modern. His distinguished and eclectic literary practice may be best affirmed by his book Marking the Magic Circle OSU Press , a collection of fiction, poetry, essays, Chinese translations, and Jan Boles photographs.

    In , this page volume won a Special Oregon Book Award and a silver medal from Literary Arts; in , the same book was selected by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of the best Oregon books in the two centuries. His poems and stories have been widely published in regional periodicals and anthologized in seventeen different state, regional, and national collections such as Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach and Deer Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon His lyrics have been set to music by three different composers and performed in concerts across the Pacific Northwest.

    Over sixty articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in over thirty-two different periodicals, most recently in Northwest Review 50th Anniversary Issue and Idaho Yesterdays Spring His prose has been anthologized in nine different collections including World Views and the American West He has edited seventeen books and has authored five, most recently the literary monograph Soldier To Advocate: C. Wood's Legacy wordcraftoforegon. Keeping the Swarm is his new collection of personal essays and is available for review. For further information, please see www. He has taught graduate and undergraduate poetry workshops and literary seminars for the University of Iowa, the Kansas Arts Commission, the University of Nevada, the University of Redlands, and the University of Southern California.

    He is the recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship and three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry. Peter Victor A writer, photographer and poet living in Ellsworth, Maine. He traveled abroad with the United States Merchant Marine from to His passions are fly-fishing and wilderness canoe trips. Pvictor roadrunner. He has been featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. His reviews and essays have appeared online in Arbutus, where he is a contributing editor, Litlist, and Rattle.

    Moving to Seattle in the midfifties, he began his long teaching career in the English Department at the University of Washington. He retired in June A long-time editor of Poetry Northwest ceased publication with Spring issue and winner of numerous prestigious awards, including the Ruth Lilly Prize, two Pushcarts, and the Academy of Arts and Letters Award, as well as two nominations for a National Book Award and one for a Pulitzer. He has produced an impressive amount of writing in both fiction and poetry. David Wagoner has been published more often in the prestigious journal Poetry than anyone else.

    Press, Collected Poems: , Indiana Univ. Press, Sleeping in the Woods , Indiana Univ. Press, Riverbed , Indiana Univ. Press, Staying Alive , Indiana Univ. In he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals then defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch.

    In Buddy left his position as executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues through He still tours full time. Born in Shreveport, LA, mostly raised in Baytown, TX, now claiming Seattle as home, Buddy has been a busker in Amsterdam, a lumberjack in Norway, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, a triathlete and a sucker for anything unfolding.

    An author of Write Bloody Publishing , Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers performances of humor and heart. Richard Wakefield Has a Ph. Since he's been a book critic for the Seattle Times, reviewing poetry, fiction, and biography. She began writing about when she created special greeting cards with special poems. She has been president and the driving force behind Puget Sound Poetry Connection. Contact pspc pugetsoundpoetryconnection.

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