Thursday 7 pm, June 8. An evening with poets Peter Ludwin and Lisa Schmidt
Peter Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust and the W.D. Snodgrass Award for Endeavor and Excellence in Poetry. His first book, A Guest in All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker Press. His second collection is Rumors of Fallible Gods, a two-time finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award that was published in 2013 by Presa Press. His new book, Gone to Gold Mountain, was published in August, 2016 by MoonPath Press.
A participant for twelve years in the San Miguel Poetry Week in Mexico, where he studied under such noted poets as Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland, Joseph Stroud and Robert Wrigley, Ludwin was the Second Prize Winner of the 2007-2008 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards and a finalist during the same period for The Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award. In 2010 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2011 he received Special Merit Recognition from The Comstock Review, and that same year Soundings Review named him its Reader’s Choice winner in the spring/ summer issue.
Most recently, he was named the 2016 First Prize winner of the Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, a finalist in poetry for the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, and the Second Place poetry winner of the 2016 Kay Snow Writing Awards sponsored by Willamette Writers.
His work has appeared in many journals, including Atlanta Review, The Bitter Oleander, The Comstock Review, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner, to name a few. A world traveler who has journeyed by canoe to visit remote Indian families in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador, hiked in the Peruvian Andes, thumbed for rides in Greece, bargained for goods in the markets of Marrakech and Istanbul and survived debilitating illness in China and Tibet, he is also accomplished on acoustic guitar and autoharp. He lives in Kent, Washington, where he works for the Parks Department
Lisa D. Schmidt lives in Federal Way, WA, where she works as an orchestra teacher and classical musician, and where she has recently begun teaching a course in creative writing. Her poetry, often inspired by the natural world, has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Comstock Review, and The Evansville Review, among others. In 2011, she was a Semi-finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize and the River Styx International Poetry Contest, a Finalist for the Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize, and a recipient of Special Merit recognition for the Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award. She received an International Merit Award from Altanta Review the following year. In 2014, she was a semi-finalist for the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Lisa is currently finishing a Masters of Arts in teaching high school geoscience.