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Tacoma goes wild for poems during National Poetry Month at Museum of Glass, State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and more

April is National Poetry Month, and Tacoma’s poets are giving all of us plenty of chances to appreciate poetry in a variety of venues. Current Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, past laureate Tammy Robacker, State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and area poets such as Maria Gudaitis and Hans Ostrom will offer readings, workshops and other events. Here’s the list:

Distinguished Writers Series

7 p.m. April 13, free, King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, kingsbookstore.com

Tacoma’s longest-running poetry reading series continues with guest poet Marjorie Rommel and an open mic event.

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“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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