6 PNW Authors to Read for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, a month dedicated to the form of writing that renowned Pacific Northwest poet David Wagoner once called “essential, just as dancing, singing, acting, heartbeats, and breathing are.”

So check out our list of contemporary authors with Washington and Oregon roots, head over to your local bookstore, and get in touch with your poetic side.

1. Robert Lashley
Tacoma
Book: Up South
Just a taste: “Elders Rage at the Water Spirits After a shootout” in Poetry Northwest.

2. Kellie Richardson
Tacoma
Book: What Us Is
Just a taste: “Girlhood” in Silver Birch Press.

3. E.J. Koh
Seattle
Book: A Lesser Love
Just a taste: “Icicle Creek” in the Boston Review

4. Jane Wong
Seattle
Book: Overpour
Just a taste: “Against Boredom/Toward Warmth” in CityArts.

5. Sarah Galvin
Seattle
Book: Ugly Time
Just a taste: “Your Name Embroidered On It” in CityArts.

6. Matthew Dickman
Portland
Book: Wonderland
Just a taste: “Minimum Wage” and “Rhododendron” in The New Yorker.

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