Thurs. May 10 - 7 pm - Poets Richard Widerkehr and Gayle Kaune
Richard Widerkehr earned his M.A. from Columbia University and won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan. He has two collections of poems: The Way Home (Plain View Press) and Her Story of Fire (Egress Studio Press) along with two chapbooks. Tarragon Books published his novel, Sedimental Journey, about a geologist in love with a fictional character. He won first prize for a short story at the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference, three awards in the Bridge’s poetry contests, and two Sue Boynton Contest awards. He has held residencies at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA, and taught workshops there.
Recent work has appeared in Rattle, Arts & Letters, Bellevue Literary Review, Floating Bridge Review, Gravel, Naugatuck River Review, Sweet Tree Review, West Trade Review, and Cirque. Other poems are forthcoming in Measure, Chiron Review, The Binnacle, Avatar, and Mud Season Review. He has worked as a writing teacher in the Upward Bound Program at Western Washington University and, later, as a case manager with the mentally ill. He and his partner, Linda, live in Bellingham, WA
About Gayle Kaune’s book, All the Birds Awake, Peggy Shumaker said,
These vivid poems show us ways to live and ways to face the end of living.
Kaune's chapbook, Concentric Circles, won the Flume Press award. and her book, Still Life in the Physical World, is available from Blue Begonia Press. Individual poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and finalists in the Arts and Letters prize. She has given readings and workshops throughout the Northwest including the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. She lives in Port Townsend with her husband and a ghost dog. A new book, Noise From Stars, is forthcoming.