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Tag: Poet Laureate


“Hip-Heart” free poetry event for young writers offered Sunday at Kings’ Books by Tacoma poet laureate Josie Emmons Turner.

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

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Critic’s Picks: Poet Laureate workshop, Howard at Museum of Glass, Click Flick and Gig Harbor arts fest

Poet Laureate workshop

Josie Emmons Turner, Tacoma’s Poet Laureate, will give a free poetry workshop exploring “Place and Persona” this Saturday at Fort Nisqually. Writers will look at how to combine the imaginary with the real world in persona poems. Bring lunch, paper, pen and something to write on. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 16. Free. Great Room, Fort Nisqually Museum, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Registration required: josie.turner.poet@gmail.com

New Mildred Howard show at Museum of Glass

The Museum of Glass has just opened a new exhibit by San Francisco artist Mildred Howard, whose installation “Blackbird in a

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Tammy Robacker is Tacoma’s new Poet Laureate

Urban Grace Church, local poetry sponsor, has announced that Tacoma poet Tammy Robacker has won the 2010 Soul of the City poetry competition and is the city’s Poet Laureate through April 2011.

The five judges that chose Robacker as Laureate include current Laureate Antonio Edwards, past Laureate William Kupinse, poets Emily Noelle-Ignacio and Grace Livingston and artist Holly Senn. Robacker, who published her first book “The Vicissitudes” in 2009 under her own company Pearle Publications and who has co-edited the anthology “In Tahoma’s Shadow,” received her BA in writing from Evergreen College and is an active poet around

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