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Tag: Puget Sound Poetry Connection


Judith Skillman speaks at Puget Sound Poetry Connection’s Distinguished Writer Series at Tacoma’s King’s Books

This month’s Distinguished Writer Series from the Puget Sound Poetry Connection features poet Judith Skillman, author of 12 collections of poetry and recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, Washington State Arts Commission, and other organizations.

7 p.m. May 13. Free. King’s Bookstore, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma.



Free Arts Month: Painting words at Puget Sound Poetry Connection

Friday nights are great for free poetry in Tacoma. (Are you following my Free Arts Month? Free arts events, every day through January, on this blog.) Last week I heard the mellifluous, polysyllabic rhythms of spoken word artists at Speak Your Soul; tonight it was poetical painting and apt assonance at the monthly reading/open mike for the Puget Sound Poetry Connection. In the cozy bookishness of Kings Books, about 35 poetry lovers gathered to hear Rachel Dilworth, a startlingly good poet who grew up in Tacoma and now lives in California.

Dilworth – amiable, with an enticing,

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Puget Sound Poetry Connection presents Justin Ahren

Justin Ahren is the featured poet for the Puget Sound Poetry Connection Distinguished Writers’ night this Friday at Kings Bookstore. Ahren, who lives on Martha’s Vineyard island in Massachusetts, travels regularly to Latin America, which has inspired his most recent book “Gone.” Ahren teaches poetry and is the founding director of the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency, with an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, Boston.

As always at PSPC nights, an open mic will follow Ahren’s reading, so bring along your own poetry and confidence. PSPC is a local poetry group which has been running for 20 years. It

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Critic’s Picks: Second City chamber and jazz, father-son poetry duo at King’s, Ten Tiny Dances and ArtWalk

Second City plays Soirée chamber music

Local musicians mix up Haydn chamber trios with Claude Bolling’s jazz trios for violin and flute combinations in this last season concert for Second City Chamber Series. 7:30 p.m. May 14. $35/$30/$15. Great Hall, Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org

Father-son poetry duo read at King’s

The Puget Sound Poetry Connection presents father-son poet team Willis and Tony Barnstone at a reading for its Distinguished Writers Series. Both highly published, the Barnstones are also academics: Willis at Indiana University and Tony at Whittier College. 7 p.m. May 14. Free.

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Critic’s Picks: Shakespeare-a-thon, Procession of the Species, and two local poetry events

Shakespeare-a-thon at the Speakeasy

Alternative Shakespeare company Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will stage five of the bard’s history plays over 48 hours in downtown Tacoma. Be prepared for contemporary settings and lots of audience action. 6 p.m. tonight: “Richard II”; 8:30 p.m. tonight: “Henry IV” parts 1 and 2; 11:30 p.m. tonight: “Henry V”; 3 p.m. April 24: “Henry VI” parts 1, 2 and 3; 10 p.m. April 24: “Richard III.” $10 suggested donation/free for under-18/$32 for three Friday shows and Elizabethan meal. Both Saturday shows are free.

Speakeasy Arts Cooperative, 746 Broadway, Tacoma. www.sitpl.org

Procession of the

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