Puget Sound Poetry Connection is proud to announce the distinguished writer for our February 14th open mic will be Shannon O'Donnell.
Shannon O'Donnell is an author who discovers stories in out of the way places. Sometimes poetry is the only way to describe them. After adventures in the classrooms of two different high schools, she moved on to work in Catholic parishes in Tacoma. Then she went to prison. She has been behind bars for twenty years. Currently serving time at the King County Jail as the Catholic chaplain, she also visits migrant detainees at the detention center in Tacoma.
Shannon is the author of Save the Bones, a memoir about her mother and Alzheimer's, written when "everything was a catastrophe and no one was talking about the funny stuff." Her latest book, Finding Grace Within, is full of the stories told by women and men who are waiting for court, for sentencing, for a release date. It's not a coincidence that time spent behind bars is marked by the word "sentence." There are so many of them.
Congratulations to our PSPC founder and President Connie Walle on her recent nomination for the Quill and Parchment Pushcart Prize Nominees for 2019:
Well Done, Connie