Tammy Robacker‘s poems speak of friendship, cancer, memory, walking in Wright Park. But they also speak of women – suffering mothers, wayward daughters, strong grandmothers – and so it’s appropriate that the Tacoma poet will be reading from her latest book “The Vicissitudes” at Vinum this Friday night in honor of National Women’s History Month.
The reading is part of the Speak Your Soul series of poetry readings and open mic sessions. Robacker’s book (self-published by Pearle Publications) came out last year, and its 40 poems deal with obviously autobiographical topics: a mother with cancer, a controlling father, bittersweet Catholic school memories, luminous Tacoma landscapes.
Robacker and Speak Your Soul are making the event a fundraiser for Shared Hope International, an organization that works to eradicate sex traffic and slavery; donations will be accepted. An open mic session will follow Robacker’s reading, in which poets and spoken word artists are invited to share work on women’s history and issues.
The event is free, and Robacker will be signing and selling copies of “The Vicissitudes” after the reading. 8 p.m. March 12. Vinum Coffee and Wine lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. www.speakyoursoul.org