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Distinguished Writer Series

Presented by the City of Tacoma and

Puget Sound Poetry Connection

The goal of our readings is to bring poets of import to Tacoma

 to help local poets learn and set goals for their own works.

 We also provide a showcase for local poets to share their new work.  All venues are free, physically accessible, and open to the public.

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August 8th, 7:00 p.m.

Kings Bookstore (218 St. Helens, Tacoma)

Feature for August, Jamie Olson

Jamie Olson teaches in the English Department at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. His essays and translations from Russian have recently appeared in Anomalous Press, Berfrois, Cardinal Points, Chtenia, Crab Creek Review, and Translation Review. Jamie writes about poetry, translation, and Russian culture on his blog The Flaxen Wave, and he is currently at work on a book translation of Timur Kibirov's Greek and Roman Catholic Songs and Nursery Rhymes. He lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife and daughter.

After John Shade

When you open up your eyes then squeeze them shut

against the glare of verdure from the open window,

against the singing of these birds, against July —

won’t you be ashamed? Won’t you be afraid?


When the final sunbeam drops down through the dark

blue clouds and onto the water in the autumn silence,

slipping along the waves awhile before it dies —

won’t you be afraid? Won’t you be ashamed?



Translated from the Russian by Jamie Olson