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Local poets Kevin Miller and Alice Derry read at King’s Books, Tacoma

Local poets Kevin Miller and Alice Derry will combine for a free reading of old and new work at King’s Books, Tacoma next Thursday.

Derry is the author of four collections of poetry and three chapbooks, including the most recent collection “Tremolo” (Red Hen Press, 2012), for which she received a Washington State GAP grant. A former English and German teacher at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Derry helped conceive and direct the college’s Foothills Writers’ Series from 1980-2009.

Miller is a Tacoma poet known recently for his third collection “Home and Away: the Old Town Poems”

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Tacoma poet laureate Josie Emmons Turner hosts free poetry workshop at University of Puget Sound

Tacoma’s Poet Laureateship isn’t just laurels and glory – the position, supported by Tacoma’s Arts Commission, entails giving workshops and otherwise encouraging poetry in our community. One of those workshops is coming up this weekend. Current poet laureate Josie Emmons Turner will host a free poetry writing and critique workshop 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Puget Sound.

Participants will have the opportunity to examine their own and others’ poetry from the reader’s perspective, with constructive feedback. Emmons Turner, a published poet with an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University, will also offer technical advice on

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David Wagoner at Gig Harbor Poetry Series

The Gig Harbor Poetry Series continues tonight with leading Northwest poet David Wagoner, who will read at the Gig Harbor Library from his most recent collection of poetry, “After the Point of No Return.”

Wagoner has published over 20 books of poetry, and has been acclaimed for his skilful, insightful work. He has won many literary awards including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, two Pushcard Prizes and the Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. Professor emeritus at the University of Washington, he has also written ten novels, and been given

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Tacoma native non-fiction writer Inara Verzemnieks wins a $30,000 Rona Jaffe award

Inara Verzemnieks, a non-fiction writer and Tacoma native, has just been awarded a 2012 Rona Jaffee Foundation Writer’s Award, given annually to six women writers beginning their careers. The award is worth $30,000, and will be presented Sept. 20 in New York.

Verzemnieks, now completing her MFA in creative non-fiction at the University of Iowa, grew up in Tacoma and interned at The News Tribune. She worked as a reporter for 13 years at The Oregonian, where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the James Beard Award in feature writing. Her creative writing has appeared in

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

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

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Tammy Robacker poetry workshop at Write@253’s Tacoma Hilltop space

Former Tacoma poet laureate Tammy Robacker will lead a four-week poetry workshop beginning this weekend, courtesy of local writing group Write@253. The workshop series “Writing Poetry for the Five Senses” runs for the next four Sundays.

Robacker was chosen as the Tacoma poet laureate for 2010-11, and has since led numerous workshops and poetry events. Her poems, many of which are set in the Northwest and spring from events in her life, have been published in “The Vicissitudes” (Exquisite Disarray, 2010). The workshop series studies traditional poetic forms from sonnet and sestina to free-form non-rhyming, focusing on the use

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Writing center hopes to give Tacoma all the right words

A new community center hopes to get Tacoma writing.

Write@253, a non-profit writing center intends to serve as a resource for high school students, college applicants, aspiring adult creative writers and any experience in between.

The center will hold its open house Thursday, June 21 from 5-8 p.m.

Mary Fox, a writing teacher at Tacoma Community College and one of the Write@253 founders, said she felt writing education has become too test-oriented.

“We wanted to do something as teachers to support creative writing,” Fox said. “And also enrich the writing environment in Tacoma.”

The group got its inspiration from

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Seattle author Rebecca Morris reads from her new book on Ted Bundy at Tacoma’s Wheelock Library

Rebecca Morris, author of “Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy” will speak about and sign her new book at Tacoma’s Wheelock Library next Wednesday. Described by author Ann Rule as “…the ONLY book to read to learn the full story of the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr in August 1961. Fascinating!” the book details the unsolved mystery of Tacoma girl Ann Marie Burr, who went missing on August 31, 1961 – and the connection to her neighbor, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, who was just 14 at the time.

With new

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