Elizabeth Austen http://kuow.org en Poet Michelle Peñaloza Maps Seattle Heartbreaks http://kuow.org/post/poet-michelle-pe-aloza-maps-seattle-heartbreaks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ever since she moved to Seattle from Eugene a little over a year ago, poet&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.michellepenaloza.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michelle </span>Peñaloza</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been inviting volunteers to walk with her from <a href="http://hugohouse.org/" target="_blank">Hugo House</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Capitol Hill to a place in the city where their hearts were broken.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Along the walk, each person tells Peñaloza the story of the heartbreak.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She records and maps the conversation using her phone’s GPS system, and transforms some of the walks and conversations into poems.</span> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:51:14 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 39479 at http://kuow.org Poet Michelle Peñaloza Maps Seattle Heartbreaks Martha Silano Finds Poetry In The News http://kuow.org/post/martha-silano-finds-poetry-news <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle poet </span><a href="http://bluepositive.blogspot.com/" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Martha&nbsp;Silano</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;found inspiration in an</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;NPR story, "</span><a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/02/12/123614938/an-alien-view-of-earth" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">An Alien View of Earth</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">," about an image of our planet taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft. The poem she wrote in response to the news story, "Pale Blue Dot," not only became part of her newest collection,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reckless Lovely</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">," but led her work in a new direction.</span> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:01:38 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 37378 at http://kuow.org Martha Silano Finds Poetry In The News Poet Christine Deavel On Being 'In Your Care' http://kuow.org/post/poet-christine-deavel-being-your-care <p></p><p>Poet Christine Deavel&nbsp;trains her empathetic eye on two familiar places: <span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Seattle's Thornton Creek ("In Your Care") and the grocery store checkout line ("Each Day on the Verge"). &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he transforms these places through unexpected language and imagery, she also holds open questions about what it means to be whole, to be a neighbor, to be in one another's care.&nbsp; </span> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:24:50 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 35521 at http://kuow.org Poet Christine Deavel On Being 'In Your Care' The Street-Level View From Poet J.W. Marshall http://kuow.org/post/street-level-view-poet-jw-marshall <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In "</span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&amp; Sunnyside" and "Poem of Our Good Fortune," p</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">oet and Seattle native&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">J.W. Marshall &nbsp;proves that getting out of your car — whether to become a pedestrian or a bus rider </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">—</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> changes everything. </span> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:36:49 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 32382 at http://kuow.org The Street-Level View From Poet J.W. Marshall A Poet's Response To World War I Facial Injury And Reconstruction http://kuow.org/post/poets-response-world-war-i-facial-injury-and-reconstruction <p>Poet Ann Gerike&nbsp;combined years of research with an empathetic imagination to write "<a href="http://aboutfacegerike.com/" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">About Face: World War I Facial Injury and Reconstruction</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">." Her poems bring to life the stories of terribly disfigured soldiers and surgeon Major Harold Gillies, whose wartime innovations helped restore their faces.</span> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:02:12 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 30739 at http://kuow.org A Poet's Response To World War I Facial Injury And Reconstruction 'In Orbit' With Poet Kim-An Lieberman http://kuow.org/post/orbit-poet-kim-lieberman <p>The gravitational pull of one generation on another resounds throughout&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kim-An Lieberman's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">second collection of poetry, </span><a href="http://bluebegoniapress.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"In Orbit."</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> As in her&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">first collection, </span><a href="http://bluebegoniapress.com/cataloglieberman-kiman_327.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"Breaking the Map,"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lieberman mines the complexities of her Vietnamese and Jewish heritage to evoke a multi-layered&nbsp;identity. </span> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:15:45 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 29757 at http://kuow.org 'In Orbit' With Poet Kim-An Lieberman Nathan Cummings On Becoming A National Student Poet http://kuow.org/post/nathan-cummings-becoming-national-student-poet <p>Elizabeth Austen features <a href="http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/national-student-poets-program/nathan-cummings/" target="_blank">Nathan Cummings</a>, a senior at Mercer Island High School, as he reads his poem "Proteus" and describes what being named as one of five <a href="http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/national-student-poets-program/" target="_blank">National Student Poets</a> in 2013 has meant to him. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:20:51 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 23958 at http://kuow.org Nathan Cummings On Becoming A National Student Poet Remembering William Stafford, A 'Poet Of Personal Integrity' http://kuow.org/post/remembering-william-stafford-poet-personal-integrity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year marks the centennial of the birth of William Stafford, a much beloved poet and lifelong pacifist who taught at Lewis and Clark College in Portland for nearly 40 years. To celebrate the occasion, </span>Graywolf<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Press has released a collection of his poems titled, </span><a href="https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/ask-me" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">"Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems."</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:26:52 +0000 Elizabeth Austen & Ross Reynolds 26584 at http://kuow.org Remembering William Stafford, A 'Poet Of Personal Integrity' Kate Lebo Serves Up Slices Of Pie-Horoscopes http://kuow.org/post/kate-lebo-serves-slices-pie-horoscopes <p>Poet Kate Lebo's newest collection, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">"A Commonplace Book of Pie," opens with an epigraph from Carl Sagan: "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."&nbsp; </span> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 25059 at http://kuow.org Kate Lebo Serves Up Slices Of Pie-Horoscopes Poet Anne McDuffie On Setting "Conditions" http://kuow.org/post/poet-anne-mcduffie-setting-conditions <p></p><p>It seems every family has at least one "wild card" relative — that person who is reliably unreliable, in one way or another.&nbsp;&nbsp;Seattle writer <a href="http://annemcduffie.com/" target="_blank">Anne McDuffie</a>'s poem "Conditions" tells the wryly comical story of trying to&nbsp;prepare her young children to meet one such relative. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 22710 at http://kuow.org Poet Anne McDuffie On Setting "Conditions" Peter Munro's 'Hard Weather Prayers' http://kuow.org/post/peter-munros-hard-weather-prayers <p>"I don't really distinguish between science and poetry; they're kind of like two different languages," said Peter Munro, a fisheries scientist and writer.</p><p>"Hard Weather Prayers"&nbsp;reveals his fluency in both languages.&nbsp;The 15-section poetic sequence&nbsp;finds a metaphor for spiritual&nbsp;alienation in the harsh weather of southeast Alaska, an area Munro knows&nbsp;first-hand&nbsp;from growing up in Sitka, as well as&nbsp;his field work at sea. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:42:48 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 21658 at http://kuow.org Peter Munro's 'Hard Weather Prayers' Jennifer Maier On Constructing A "Responsible Person" http://kuow.org/post/jennifer-maier-constructing-responsible-person <p>In Jennifer Maier&#39;s poem, &quot;Responsible Person,&quot; a young boy practices constructing a self by building a paper version of the man&nbsp;he hopes to be in the future.</p><p>His father and the poem&#39;s&nbsp;speaker, &quot;not his mother, the woman after his mother&quot; look on, noting that he looks &quot;like someone // you could count on, one of the numbered / good on which the world depends.&quot; Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 21928 at http://kuow.org Jennifer Maier On Constructing A "Responsible Person" Poet Kelly Davio And The Body As Canvas http://kuow.org/post/poet-kelly-davio-and-body-canvas <p>What can you tell about people based on what they&#39;ve chosen to have inked on their body? Poet Kelly Davio takes that question in a provocative direction in &quot;One in Four of Us Is Marked&quot; from her new poetry collection &quot;<a href="http://redhen.org/book/burn-this-house/" target="_blank">Burn This House&quot;</a> (Red Hen Press, 2013). Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:44:06 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 20733 at http://kuow.org Poet Kelly Davio And The Body As Canvas Rebecca Hoogs And The "Honeymoon" http://kuow.org/post/rebecca-hoogs-and-honeymoon <p></p><p>Local poet Rebecca Hoogs' new collection, "<a href="http://www.tamupress.com/product/Self-Storage,7486.aspx" target="_blank">Self-Storage</a>" (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013), is full of witty and surprising verbal self-portraits. "Honeymoon"&nbsp;turns the mirror outward, looking at two friends' relationship. Hoogs says the poem was prompted by the fact that&nbsp;she knew one very important fact about the couple before they wed.</p><p><a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/rebecca-hoogs" target="_blank">Hoogs</a> is the curator of the&nbsp;Seattle Arts and Lectures <a href="http://www.lectures.org/season/poetry_series.php" target="_blank">Poetry Series</a>, SAL U and the Literary&nbsp;Arts Series. She's the author of the chapbook "Grenade" and has been awarded fellowships from&nbsp;ArtistTrust and the MacDowell Colony.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Read more of Hoogs' poems online at <a href="http://www.themonarchreview.org/self-storage/" target="_blank">The Monarch Review</a>.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:54:29 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 19477 at http://kuow.org Rebecca Hoogs And The "Honeymoon" Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem's "Where I'm From" http://kuow.org/post/maga-barzallo-sockemtickems-where-im <p>Like thousands of other local students, Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem has had&nbsp;the benefit of working with a professional writer in the classroom through <a href="http://www.lectures.org/wits/writers_n_schools.php" target="_blank">Writers in the Schools</a>, a program from <a href="http://www.lectures.org/" target="_blank">Seattle Arts and Lectures</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>But for&nbsp;Barzallo Sockemtickem, now 17, that "classroom" happened to be her room at <a href="http://www.seattlechildrens.org/" target="_blank">Seattle Children's Hospital</a>. She has spent many months at Children's, being treated for cancer and working with WITS poet <a href="http://songsforsquid.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Sierra Nelson</a>.</p><p>Barzallo Sockemtickem's poem "Where I'm From" is defiant and tender, and challenges her listener to understand that she won't let her disease define her: "I am from stubbornness / and spitfire. / I am from refuse to give up. / I am not just cancerous."&nbsp;</p><p>Her poem&nbsp;was awarded the "<a href="http://www.lectures.org/wits/wits_news.php?id=317" target="_blank">Origins</a>" prize from Seattle Arts and Lectures.</p><p>Barzallo Sockemtickem was recorded in the KUOW Studios on August 2. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:37:33 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 17476 at http://kuow.org Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem's "Where I'm From"