Josie Emmons Turner, Tacoma’s current poet laureate, is hosting the open mic poetry event “Hip-Heart” for high school and college-age student writers this Sunday at King’s Books, Tacoma. Students are invited to read either poetry or short prose. The event is part of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s annual Art at Work month, lasting through November each year.
“Young people have such fresh ideas and so few very public venues in which to share their work. I am hosting this opportunity for the community to hear and support the work of young writers,” Emmons Turner said. An MFA graduate from Pacific Lutheran University, Emmons Turner teaches literature and writing at Clover Park High School.
The Tacoma poet laureate position is administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission, and is a two-year position allowing local poets writing, reading and workshop opportunities.
Sign-up for the open mike begins at 1:30 p.m., and slots are limited. The event is free and open to the public.
Hip-Heart begins 2 p.m. Nov. 27. Free. Kings’ Books, 218 St. Helen’s Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-2022, www.kingsbookstore.com