Poetry Club Talks…Jack Straw Fellows 2021 Part 2


Topic: Jack Straw Poets 2021
Host: Shannon
Poems: “anchor baby” and “porous”
Recorded: April 24, 2021

2021 Jack Straw Poets

This week Poetry Club discusses two more poems from the Jack Straw 2021 poets, S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff.  Three brilliant and dynamic poets!  In this episode, we discuss Patrycja Humienik’s poems “anchor baby” and “porous”.  Poetry Club digs into each stanza while contemplating how personal experience plays into the interpretation.  Humienik masters her stories into a mold that most readers can wear, but each story folds into the shape of the reader’s mind.  Is a shout down a stairwell a scream of frustration or a playful yelp to catch an echo?

Poetry Club enjoyed discussing the 2021 Jack Straw Fellows work.  Bravo to all!



Levi Fuller, the Administrative Coordinator at Jack Straw, sent us this note and kind clarification about their program at the Jack Straw Cultural Center:

“I’m listening now, this is very cool. I did want to clarify one thing about our residency programs, of which there are three: The Writers Program alone is twelve writers each year, from a variety of genres (no set numbers for each); The New Media Gallery is four artists per year, and the Artist Support Program is 20 artists per year.

The WP Curator picks the Writers, and we have selection panels who pick the artists for the other programs. The three programs are totally different and don’t really overlap very much, though we always encourage collaboration between artists of different disciplines, and often someone will come in first in one program, and then return as an artist in a different program.

Thank you for sharing and helping to get the word out about our programs!”



Patrycja Humienik, daughter of Polish immigrants, is a writer, performer & facilitator based in Seattle, WA. She serves as Assistant Poetry Editor with Newfound Org and Events Director for The Seventh Wave. Patrycja works for the University of Washington’s Office of Equity & Justice in Grad Programs, in service of underrepresented graduate students, faculty, and staff.  -quoted from her website.

Please visit her site to learn more about this stimulating poet.  Photo credit is Patrycja Humienik from her website:  https://www.patrycjasara.com/


The poems attached belong to S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff respectively.

Please visit the Jack Straw website to learn more about this fascinating program.

This program was produced by Chickadee Productions

Published by Shannon Laws

Like my writing? Want to hear me read my poetry? Please visit https://chickadeeproductions.bandcamp.com/releases and download some today. Only $1.00 a poem! Shannon Laws is a Pacific Northwest poet. Her story-telling poetry has touched many hearts and minds. She is the author of four poetry books, the most recent “Fallen” published by Independent Writer’s Studio Press. Shannon has received two Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Community Champion Award for promoting local artists on community radio and encouraging peace and understanding through community poetry events. She makes her home in Bellingham, Washington, USA.

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