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Gus Hellthaler
Katharine Whitcomb
Robert P. Kaye
Elizabeth Austen
Charles D’Ambrosio
Lauren Shuck
Joe Powell
Paul Hunter
Lisa Norris
Kathleen Flenniken
Kathleen Smith
Jonathan Evison
Maged Zaher
Sarah Galvin
Allen Braden
Katy E. Ellis
John Olson
Gus Hellthaler
Darcy Batura
Doug Kilgore
Judy Hallisey
Lauren Shuck
Stacy Levine
Gus Hellthaler
Janine Brodine
Jennifer D. Munro
Ellie Belew
Tatiana Harrison
Frank Sikon
Wendy Call
Ed Skoog
Stefan McKinstray
Dian Million
Elissa Washuta


gus hellthayer pixLatitudinarian, defrocked draftsman, and carpenter, Gustav Hellthaler will be reading from Wallace Stevens and from some of his own poetry. He says this:

“Unlike the woman in Stevens’ poem church bells stopped ringing for me when I was twelve. Religion, mythology, or all philosophy for that matter, are like a first language lost; words come to mind and are understood, but inexpressible. The beauty of the world around me is sufficient to my needs.

“Should a recognizable eagle emerge from my efforts my head will soar and fly me post haste into a bar so I can whelm the words awash inside. The eagle says: ‘Poetry is to literature what snowballs are to winter. Sometimes you hit your mark and come to regret it.’”

Photograph copyrighted by Rosanne Olson.
Photograph copyrighted by Rosanne Olson.


Katharine Whitcomb is the author of four collections of poems: The Daughter’s Almanac, winner of the 2014 The Backwaters Press Prize, Lamp of Letters, winner of the 2009 Floating Bridge Chapbook Award, Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems, and Hosannas. She teaches at CWU and lives in Ellensburg.

Robert P. Kaye‘s stories are forthcoming or have appeared in the Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, Beecher’s, Pear Noir!, Ellipsis, Per Contra, The Los Angeles Review and elsewhere, with details available at Robert will be reading from his chapbook Typewriter for a Superior Alphabet: Stories from the Archive of Lost Possibilities (published by Alice Blue Press). He facilitates the Works in Progress open mic at Hugo House and is the co-founder of the Seattle Fiction Federation reading series. He juggles and throws knives in the far upper left corner of the USA.
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photo by John Ulman
photo by John Ulman

Elizabeth Austen is Washington State’s Poet Laureate. You can see her perform “The Girl Who Goes Alone” here. This poem is from her first book, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

Elizabeth’s dynamic readings have been featured at Poets House in New York City, Minneapolis’s The Loft, the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Spokane’s Get Lit!, Seattle’s Cheap Wine and Poetry and Bumbershoot. Elizabeth produces poetry programming for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9, and makes her living at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and journaling workshops for the staff.

December 3, 2010
Dian Million
was a co-founder of Northwest Native American Writers (NNAW), read her poems and stories. (December 3, 2010)

Elissa Washuta, nonfiction writer, from Seattle. (December 3, 2010)