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State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and more at Gig Harbor fall 2012 Poetry Series

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Sep. 12, 2012 at 5:55 am |
September 10, 2012 11:57 am
Poet Kathleen Flenniken. Courtesy image.

The Friends of Gig Harbor Library kick off their annual poetry series next Thursday night with State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, at the Gig Harbor Library. Flenniken will read from her second collection of poems, “Plume,” recently published by the University of Washington Press. Flennikan grew up in Richland, Washington next door to the Hanford nuclear site at the height of the Cold War, working there for three years as an engineer. She describes the poems in “Plume” as “nuclear-age songs of innocence and experience set in the ‘empty’ desert west.”

The fall poetry series goes on every other Thursday night as follows:

Oct. 4: David Wagoner, Dean of NW Poetry, will read from “After the Point of No Return.”

Oct. 18: Alice Derry of Peninsula College, Port Angeles, will read from “Tremolo.”

Nov. 1: Richard Wakefield from University of Washington, Tacoma and Tacoma Community College will read from “A Vertical Mile.”

7 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18 and Nov. 1. Free. Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor. 253-548-3305, piercecountylibrary.org

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