5 poets in Edmonds this Thursday

Yes, it’s just two days away! Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM at Edmonds Bookshop:

Jack McCarthy
Holly Hughes
Victoria Ford
Joan Swift
and me

The where/when details

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop
111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds
Tel: 425-775-2789

The who details

Jack McCarthy calls himself a “standup poetry guy.” He was a member of Boston’s 1996 National Slam Poetry team. Now based near Seattle, he performs at local venues and tours nationally. His publications include Actual Grace Notes and a critically acclaimed full-length collection, Say Goodnight, Grace Notes. He has also produced two CDs, Breaking Down Outside a Gas Station and By Gift Unearned. His website is www.standupoet.net.
Holly Hughes teaches writing at Edmonds Community College. Her most recent poetry collection is Boxing the Compass (Floating Bridge, 2007). She edited the anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State, 2009), and The Pen & The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, her collaboration with essayist Brenda Miller, is due from Skinner House Press this May. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry Daily; Dancing With Joy: 99 Poems; and Family Matters: Poems of Our Families.
Victoria Ford has published two chapbooks: Following the Swan (Fireweed, 1988) and Rain Psalm (Rose Alley, 1996). Her poems have recently appeared in Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range; Many Trails to the Summit, and Petroglyph. She has taught English at Seattle Central Community College and Antioch University. She currently works as an instructional designer at an educational software firm.
Joan Swift has published six collections of poetry: Snow on a Crocus (2010); The Tiger Iris (1999); Intricate Moves, Poems About Rape (1997); The Dark Path of Our Names (1985); Parts of Speech (1978); and This Element (1965). The Tiger Iris and The Dark Path of Our Names received Washington State Governor’s Awards. She has received three National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Her poems have been published in many journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Northwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Ploughshares, and Yale Review.
Joannie Stangeland has published three poetry collections: Into the Rumored Spring (Ravenna, 2011), Weathered Steps (Rose Alley, 2002), and A Steady Longing for Flight (Floating Bridge, 1995 contest winner). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, as well as the two Rose Alley Press anthologies, Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range (2007) and Many Trails to the Summit (2010). Joannie has been a Jack Straw Writer and an instructor at Richard Hugo House.