Events are at the Washington State History Museum, unless noted. A Gold Pass gains bearer admission to all events except paid workshops. No admission to any workshop will be given without a Gold Pass. To buy a Gold Pass, click here. Click here for poet bios.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
9am-2pm – Youth Poetry Day (presented by Write253): A day of workshops, community building, and open mics. This is a free event open to middle and high school students in Pierce County. Lunch is provided. For information on how to bring a group from your school, email Michael Haeflinger at email@example.com. (location, tba)
3-5pm – Living Room: a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets. Limit 40 participants. Host Connie Walle of the Puget Sound Poetry Connection. (State History Museum Auditorium.)
7:30 Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: Patricia Smith, Bruce Weigl, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Shazia Hafiz and Philip Red Eagle. MC – Jared Leising.
10pm – Tribute to Grunge, featuring Gretta Harley, dan raphael, Jennifer Robin, David Fewster, Heidi Fosner and others, hosted by Hamish Todd. (Harmon Barrel Room, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA.)
Saturday, October 14, 2017
9am – War Poetry/Veterans Panel. MC – Abby Murray. Scheduled panelists, Philip Red Eagle, Bruce Weigl, Doug Johnson, Gary Copeland Lilley & others, tba.
10:45am – Tacoma’s Richard Brautigan: Life and Legacy Panel. MC – Nadine Antoinette Maestas. Scheduled panelists: Ianthe Brautigan, CAConrad, Tod Marshall and John Tanner.
1pm-5pm – Small Press Fair. Presses from around the bioregion selling their books. Please support small presses! Reckoning Press…
3-5pm – Living Room: a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets. Limit 40 participants. Host Jackie Casella of Creative Colloquy. (State History Museum Auditorium.)
7:30 – Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: C.A. Conrad, Ianthe Brautigan, Sharon Thesen, Gary Lilley and Tod Marshall. MC – JM Miller.
10pm – After Party: Reading of one poem by various poets, including Abby Murray, Stephen Collis, JM Miller, Jared Leising, others tba. (Harmon Barrel Room, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA.)
Sunday, October 15, 2017
9am-11am Workshop 1 – Patricia Smith: Writing on the Other Side of the Wall. DETAILS
9am-11am Workshop 2 – Tod Marshall: Finding Cascadia in Poetry. DETAILS
11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 3 – Tacoma Writers Resist. DETAILS
11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 4 – CAConrad: KARMA HARVEST: A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop. DETAILS
11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 5 – Ianthe Brautigan Memoir Workshop. DETAILS
2pm – Brautigan/Steven Jesse Bernstein Plaque unveiling.
3-5pm – Living Room: a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets. Limit 30 participants. Ten spaces will be reserved for festival poets and organizers. (Home of Sam and Sarah Tower, 1346 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma WA 98402-1902, Tacoma, WA.)
6pm – Main Stage Closing Reading: Michael McClure