Poetry in the Park with Josie Turner, Oct. 15

14 Oct

WHO: Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Turner and local writers
WHAT: Poets who participated in a workshop led by Turner in July will give a public reading of their work
WHERE: Ft. Nisqually in Point Defiance Park
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2p.m.

Built in 1833, Fort Nisqually was a Northwest trade center, a Hudson’s Bay Company outpost and the first European settlement on Puget Sound. Nestled in the woods at Point Defiance Park, it offers inspiring surroundings for the writing – and reading – of poetry. Back in July, Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Turner chose it as the setting for her poetry writing workshop, Place and Persona. This Saturday, workshop participants will return to the Great Room in Fort Nisqually to read the poems they’ve written after spending time in this beautiful and historic place. Poets include Chelsea Wiggins, Connie Walle, Emilie Rommel, Marjorie Rommel, Risa Denenberg, and Sally Riewald.

Turner will also present Pagoda, a poem she wrote in response to the burning of the pagoda at Point Defiance Park, illustrated by William Turner and recently published as a broadside by Springtide Press.

During Art at Work Month in November, Turner will lead a workshop on writing poems in response to paintings.

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