Topic: Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate 2021-23
Recorded: July 3, 2021
Special guest poet Rena Priest joins Poetry Club for a discussion today! Ron asks Rena about her composition process, how does narrative defines the poetic impulse for her and helps shape her poems, what the Washington Poet Laureate interview was like, and more. Afterward, the discussion opens up to the group for a short Q & A. Please join us!
Poetry Club would like to thank Humanities Washington and Rena for helping to organize this event.
The role of the Poet Laureate of Washington is to “build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including the state’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities, and other public settings in geographically diverse areas of the state.” Poets Laureate of Washington are appointed for a two-year term by the Governor of Washington acting on the recommendation of the Washington Arts Commission, an independent agency of the Washington state government, from a list of self-nominated candidates.
Rena’s first book of poetry “Patriarchy Blues” won the American Book Award. She is a Lummi tribal member. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and makes her home in Bellingham, Washington.
All poems copyright by Rena Priest.
Please visit her website to learn more: https://www.renapriest.com/
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