We welcome these poets:
Samar Abulhassen, Daemond Arrindell, Michael Daley, Chris Dombrowski, Lorraine Ferra, Matt Gano, Jourdan Keith, Tim McNulty, Martha Silano, Anastacia Renee Tolbert, and Jeremy Voigt
Samar Abulhassan holds an M.F.A. from Colorado State University and worked in California public schools for seven years. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of two chapbooks, Farah and Nocturnal Temple.
“Grade-wise, I have worked with all grades and am very open. My favorite is third through sixth grade, though I enjoy them all. I am about to teach for a two week high school writing camp.”
Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist. Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program; and in 2012, he taught Seattle University’s first course in Slam Poetry.
He has performed and facilitated workshops in poetry venues, prisons, high schools and colleges across the country, including through Freehold Theatre’s Engaged Theatre program, and he has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums.
Recently he was selected for “13 for ‘13,” a joint project between the Seattle Times and KUOW profiling 13 influential people in Seattle’s art scene.
Michael Daley was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He later took vows and prepared to become a Catholic priest. Upon leaving religious life, he was wild in the streets, protesting wars and seeking a life of experience.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Rhino, North American Review, Writers Almanac, Raven Chronicles, Seattle Review, Jeopardy, Prairie Schooner, Cirque, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cascadia Review, and elsewhere.
He is the founding editor of Empty Bowl Press, publisher of the Dalmo’ma series of anthologies among other titles; former Poet-in-Residence for the Washington State Arts Commission, the Skagit River Poetry Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a retired English Instructor for Mount Vernon High School.
Chris Dombrowski has taught poetry to all ages–elementary to grad school, and he has published two critically-lauded collections of poetry. A first book of nonfiction is forthcoming in 2016 from Milkweed Editions.
He also founded the Beargrass Writing Retreat (www.beargrasswriting.com) in western Montana.
Born in Michigan, Chris Dombrowski received his MFA from the University of Montana. His publications include the chapbook Fragments with Dusk in Them (2008) and the collection By Cold Water (2009).
In a 2007 interview Dombrowski said that “finding the right form for the poem, I think, is why we write poetry.” Citing his early reading of Norman McLean’s novella A River Runs Through It as a formative influence on his decision to pursue writing, Dombrowski, who also works as a river guide, crafts meditative, free-verse poems that are deeply engaged with the natural world.
His honors include the Associated Writing Programs Intro Award and Alligator Juniper’s National Poetry Prize. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
Lorraine Ferra has been a poet-in-residence since 1980 with various state arts commissions. She teaches poetry in classrooms, art museums, science centers, natural history museums, and in youth-in-custody programs.
She is founder/director of Wordtracks, a nature-based writing program, and author of A Crow Doesn’t Need a Shadow: A Guide to Writing Poetry from Nature. Ferra’s poems, critical reviews, and translations of Portuguese poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies.
She is the author of two collections of poems: Eating Bread, and What the Silence Might Say.
She lives with her partner in Port Townsend, Washington.
Matt Gano is author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, and has been writing and teaching professionally since 2004.
Matt has toured poetry venues and worked as an artist-in-residence from New York to Hong Kong.
He is a veteran of the Seattle writing community and founder of Youth Speaks Seattle’s famed program “The Writing Circle.”
Jourdan Imani Keith is the Seattle Public Library’s first Naturalist-in-Residence and Seattle Poet Populist Emeritus.
A student of Sonia Sanchez, she is a playwright, poet, naturalist, educator, and storyteller whose work blend the textures of political, personal and natural landscapes to offer voices from the margins of American lives.
A Hedgebrook, VONA and Jack Straw alum, she has received awards from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Office of Arts and Culture for her choreopoem, The Uterine Files: Voices Spitting Out the Rainbow and her memoir Coyote Autumn.
A columnist for Orion Magazine, two of her essays have been selected for Best American Science and Nature Writing’s 2015 Anthology (Houghton Mifflin).
Keith’s work as a literary artist, environmental educator, community organizer and social justice advocate informs her ongoing development of the R U An Endangered Species?™ workshop curriculum, its action campaigns and community conversation series.
She is the founder and director of Urban Wilderness Project, using arts activism to engage the public in environmental health and social justice actions rooted in social change.
“Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist and nature writer who has long been active in Northwest literary and environmental communities.
His poems are published in journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad; his essays and articles on forests, wildlife and conservation have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, and his nature writings have been translated into German, Japanese and Chinese.” (pleasureboatstudio.com)
Anastacia Renee Tolbert
Anastacia Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator.
She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jacks Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust.
She was recently selected as the 2015-16 poet-in-residence at Hugo House, a place for writers in Seattle.
Her Chapbook 26, recently published by Dancing Girl Press, is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls.
A Pushcart nominee (2015), her poetry, fiction & nonfiction have been published widely.
Recently Tolbert has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited her painting and photography surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political.
This year she has begun a yearlong theatrical mixed-media project in collaboration with the Project Room, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show:
Lately she’s been obsessed with the body & the stories (true & not true) it holds.
Jeremy Voigt has been teaching in public schools for twelve years and has taught literature and creative writing the entire time.
He has taught middle school, high school, and community college courses.
Jeremy has been a visiting writer in elementary schools, and taught at conferences such as the Port Townsend Writer’s conference.