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Puget Sound Poetry Connection is pleased to announce our distinguished writer for the month of May was Katherine (Kat) Van Eddy from Tacoma, WA


Katherine (Kat) Van Eddy is a California-born poet living in Tacoma, Washington with her two young children and a cat, Dexter. She earned a BA in Creative Writing and MAT in Elementary Education from the University of Puget Sound. Beginning June 2019, she will be working on an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.  Her poems have appeared in Crosscurrents, Creative Colloquy, HoosierLit, Gold Man Review, Clover, and Cirque. In her writing, she explores themes of motherhood, relationships, nature and time travel.  She currently teaches 3rd/4th grade at a Catholic school and in the spare moments of life, she enjoys running, reading, spending time outside and exploring new places. 
April distinguished writer: Edward Harkness is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Saying the Necessary, Beautiful Passing Lives , and most recently, The Law of the Unforeseen (2018,  Pleasure Boat Studio press). His poems can be found online in 2River, Atticus Review, Cascadia Review, The Good Men Project, Hinchas de Poesia, The Humanist, Rat’s Ass Journal, Raven Chronicles, Salt River Review, Split Lip Magazine, Switched-On Gutenberg and Terrain.Org., as well as in print journals including Chariton Review and Miramar . His chapbook, Ice Children, was published by Split Lip Press in 2014. He lives in Shoreline, Washington. To hear Ed read selected poems from The Law of the Unforeseen, including “Tying a Tie” and “Airborne,” the two winning poems of Terain.org’s 8th Annual Contest in Poetry (2018), go to https://www.terrain.org/2018/poetry/edward-harkness-2/
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March distinguished poet Benjamin Schmitt is the Best Book Award and Pushcart nominated author of three books, most recently Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity. His poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Hobart, Worcester Review, Columbia Review, Roanoke Review, and elsewhere. A co-founder of Pacifica Writers’ Workshop, he has also written articles for The Seattle Times and At The Inkwell. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children

We had a wonderful time at our March reading, hosted by Glena Cook , featuring distinguished poet Benjamin Schmitt reading from his latest work "Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity.


After Benjamin read from his work for 30 minutes, ten poets read their poems, with the theme of "Valentines Day'.


Our host Glena Cook took the prize for best valentines poem--a difficult, but also unanimous decision.


We were glad to see poets both new and veteran displaying their talents.


Come join us at our next open mic poetry meeting on Friday, April 12th.


Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna visits Tacoma's Poetry Connection as their January Distinguished Writer.

On Friday January 11th, 2019, The Puget Sound Poetry Connection's Distinguished Poet's series kicked off in spectacular fashion. Current WA State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna led us in an intimate reading of her beautiful, profound, and sometimes jarring poetry.


Given current politics and societal focus on immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from Central America, her poetry resonates especially well.  Born in El Salvador, she came as a child with family to the United States in 1981 to escape the civil war in her home country.  Her ability to address the concerns and lives of individuals moving across borders into unknown and uncertain futures informs her beautiful poetry.

 

For those who observe the season of Epiphany, last Sunday’s gospel scripture recounted the Slaughter of the Innocents.  In a similar remembrance, Claudia’s epic poetry collection Killing Marias gives voice to women and girls murdered in Juarez Mexico.  One reviewer writes “each poem is a rosary bead (that) reveals a crack of light.”


Stay tuned for notices of our ongoing distinguished poets series held monthly at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Tacoma.

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Poetry in the Park! Tahoma Audubon Society will connect people with nature through its 3nd Annual Poetry in the Park event and new poetry sign installations in local parks.


https://www.tahomaaudubon.org/poetry-in-the-park