GO Arts

Everything new on the walls, stage, screen and streets of Tacoma and South Puget Sound.

NOTICE: GO Arts has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved GO Arts.
Visit the new section.

Vashon bi-annual Poetry Fest this weekend

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on May 25, 2011 at 6:55 am |
May 24, 2011 10:56 am

It’s on again: the Vashon Poetry Fest, held every other year at cafes, bookshops, schools and other locations around the island through Memorial Weekend, and featuring poets Sam Hamill, Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda giving readings and workshops, as well as other local poets and spoken word artists.

This year’s theme is “Passport to Poetry,” emphasizing “poetry’s power to cross and erase borders and boundaries,” according to the press release. A festival passport will be given to all participants, and the featured poets echo the theme: Hamill is a former Marine who will read and speak on the relation of poetry to war, Matsuda writes from his experiences growing up at the Minidoka, Idaho War Relocation Center during World War II, and Gallagher is a nationally-renowned Northwest poet who has received numerous awards.

Also appearing will be Storme Webber, Jourdan Keith, Karen Finneyfrock, and Seattle Slammaster Daemond Arrindell in performance Saturday evening at the Red Bicycle café, and American Book Award winner Judith Roche, Floating Bridge Chapbook contest winner Holly Hughes and Cal Kinnear, Founder of Copper Canyon Press on  Sunday.

All events are free to the public. More information at www.vashonpoetryfest.com


The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.