Greg Bem and Amber Nelson have asked me to convene the first of many online panels on poetry they plan to produce starting March 24, 2013:
Daemond Arrindell. Poet, performer, workshop facilitator: Curator of the Seattle Poetry Slam, a raucous and engaging weekly show including a performance poetry competition judged by 5 random audience members; 8-time coach of the renowned Seattle National Slam Team; has performed and facilitated workshops in venues throughout Washington State and across the country including the Boston Poetry Slam, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC’s Louder Arts Project; twice commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums; facilitates poetry and theater residencies at Monroe men’s prison through Freehold’s Engaged Theatre program; and is a Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program.
Christine Deavel. A bookseller for over 20 years, Christine Deavel is co-owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium, one of three poetry-only bookstores in the country. Her collection “Woodnote,” published by Bear Star Press, received the 2012 Washington State Book Award.
Graham Isaac grew up in Seattle, Washington. Currently he serves as Co-Founder of the Claustrophobia Reading Series, Co-Curator of the Five Alarms Greenwood Lit Crawl, Host of the Works in Progress open mic at the Hugo House, and author of Filthy Jerry’s Guide to Parking Lots, a short collection of poetry and flash fiction. He recently joined the production team of Da’Daedal, a multimedia spoken word, music and dance program, while making his money as a tutor and professional bartender.
Kate Lebo. Poems have appeared in Best New Poets, AGNI, and Poetry Northwest among other journals. She’s the recipient of a Nelson Bentley Fellowship, a grant from 4Culture, and numerous writing residencies. After earning her MFA from the University of Washington in June 2012, she opened Pie School, a cliche-busting pastry academy. In October 2013, Chin Music Press will publish her first book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, based on her best-selling zine of the same name. Not so very long ago Kate worked for Richard Hugo House; now she teaches there.
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