3-09-17 Northwind Reading Series – Floating Bridge Press winners

Thursday 7 pm, March 9, an evening with Floating Bridge Press winning authors Kate Peterson, Arlene Naganawa, and Lydia Swartz.

This fall, Floating Bridge Press will publish three chapbooks: Kate Peterson’s Grist, which won the 2016 chapbook award; The Ark and the Bear by Arlene Naganawa, a series of prose poems that explores a young woman’s coming of age; and Land of Lists by Lydia Swartz, an exploration of experience from many angles.

Kate Peterson: Grist
Grist is the winner of the 2016 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award

Kate Peterson earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University, where she is now teaching composition as an adjunct faculty member. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from Sugar House Review, Packingtown Review, Aethlon, Glassworks, and The Sierra Nevada Review, among others. Kate is originally from New Jersey but has made Spokane her home. This is her first published collection. For more information: www.katelaurenpeterson.tumblr.com.

Grist is a collection that explores the connection between body and spirit. The poems are honest and often devastating, just as the body itself when faced with trauma. The poems are visceral and intuitive, yet plainly spoken. The chapbook moves in sections to deal with themes of connection, loss, and grief, all while asking the reader to feel these, often painful, sensations in the physical body.

Arlene Naganawa: The Ark and the Bear (finalist)

Arlene Naganawa is the author of two chapbooks, Private Graveyard (Gribble Press) and The Scarecrow Bride (Red Bird Chapbooks). Her poetry has appeared in Caketrain, Cider Press Review, Crab Orchard Review, Diner, Floating Bridge Review/Pontoon, Flying Chickadee, New Delta Review, Poetry on Buses, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, The Seattle Review, and other publications. She has received Seattle Arts Commissions Individual Literary Arts Awards. Much of her work is influenced by childhood summers spent in Whitefish, Montana and in Seattle, Washington, Washington.

Lydia Swartz: The Land of Lists (finalist)

Lydia Swartz brawls with words, sound, movement, pronouns, and light in pursuit of capricious form. Does that make Lydia a poet? Lydia sporadically performs weirdly mixed un-hip genres in hip Seattle. Does that make Lydia a hipster? Lydia obnoxiously refuses to drive a stick or acquire an MFA. Lydia has a degree in editorial journalism and a job in health care marketing. Lydia blogs at No One Tells (no1tells.wordpress.com) and keeps a Seattle Spoken Word calendar at Seattle Poet (seattlepoet.wordpress.com). You can find Lydia on Facebook (zen.flaneur) and Twitter (@nounverbadverb).

About Floating Bridge Press

Floating Bridge Press was founded in 1994. Our mission is to promote the diverse voices of Washington State poets through an annual poetry chapbook competition, archival-quality books, online publishing, broadsides, and community readings. Our board of directors and editorial committee are composed of volunteers from across the community. Ask for our books at your local bookstore, or you can visit us online at www.floatingbridgepress.org.

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