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Winter & Spring 2015 (v.9/n.2) Now Available

January 17, 2015 – 12:46 pm |

Dear Readers: Our new issue is finally here. Though we have tested ourselves against the Keatsian principles of silence and slow time these past months, we think it’s worth the wait. The cover art alone …

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Interview // Dorothea Lasky

March 9, 2015 – 10:49 am |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer

Dorothea Lasky was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published four collections of poetry, ROME (Liveright, W.W. Norton, 2014), as well as AWE (2007), and Black Life (2010), and Thunderbird (2012) and several chapbooks, including the polemical Poetry Is Not a Project (2010). Her poems have appeared in a number of prominent publications, including the New Yorker, Paris Review, and American Poetry Review. Lasky was awarded a Bagley Wright Fellowship in 2013, and she is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University. 

I’ve read that poetry found you when you were seven. How did this happen? What were your earliest poems like?

It did! I started writing poems late at night around this age because I couldn’t sleep. Poems were the things I could write by the light of my nightlight because they didn’t need to follow any grammatical rules. The voice I wrote poems into found me before any other writing voice, but then for a while I started writing stories and then in the end, went back to writing poems.

My earliest poems were meant to be spoken. After writing a few poems late at night, I would go into my parents’ room and read the poems to my mother (my dad always went to bed early). She loved to stay up late and she was very supportive of my readings, often giving me lots of helpful feedback. She is a painter and art historian and was always 100% behind any kind of art-making I did, so she was an ideal first audience.

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~ New Issue Release Reading ~

February 28, 2015 – 5:33 pm |

Wednesday
March 4
7:30 pm
Phinney Books
7405 Greenwood Ave. N
Featuring local luminaries
Elizabeth Austen, Suzanne Bottelli,
Jessica Gigot, Laura Shoemaker,
and Kary Wayson
free!  come celebrate the new issue
in style…

“Dismal Situations”: Loneliness, Racism, and Knowing the Present Through Verse

February 24, 2015 – 7:18 pm |

By Jack Chelgren | Special Projects Intern and Contributing Writer
 
As a word is
mostly connotation,
 matter is mostly
aura?
 Halo?
(The same loneliness
that separates me
 from what I call
“the world.”)
— Rae Armantrout, “A Resemblance”
 
I.
It’s afternoon not long ago. I’m listening to …

A Celebration of Carolyn Kizer

January 17, 2015 – 12:57 pm |

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 4:00 pm

Poets from across the country come together for a memorial celebration of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and former Seattleite Carolyn Kizer. Readers include Willis Barnstone, Kevin Craft, Carol Muske-Dukes, Tess Gallagher, Judith Emlyn Johnson, Sierra Nelson, David Rigsbee, Tree …

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 6 – Timothy Donnelly

January 11, 2015 – 8:00 am |

Poetry Northwest‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets during the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle. Each episode features lively conversation …

Interview // Bob Hicok

December 21, 2014 – 8:05 am |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
Bob Hicok was born in 1960 in Michigan and worked for many years in the automotive die industry. A published poet long before he earned his MFA, Hicok is …

Afterwords // Patricia Lockwood: The Hour of Bewilderment

November 6, 2014 – 11:33 am |

By Elizabeth Cooperman and Matthew Kelsey
On July 10, 2014, Patricia Lockwood read at avicheattle’s Elliot Bay Book Company from her most recent book of poems, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals. The room–a book-lined basement annex with a …

Afterwords // Kay Ryan: All Your Flamingos

October 16, 2014 – 8:11 am | One Comment

By Jack Chelgren | Special Projects Intern
 
When Tree Swenson, the executive director of Hugo House, introduced Kay Ryan for a lecture on rhyme last week, she noted the delightful sense of “hidden treasure” lurking in …

In Memory of Carolyn Kizer

October 11, 2014 – 8:45 pm | One Comment

We learn this weekend the sad news that Carolyn Kizer, a founding editor of Poetry Northwest, has passed away.
She touched many lives as a poet, mentor and friend, and we’d like to share with you …

Scott Condon: Notes on Rae Armantrout’s Poem “Thrown”

September 30, 2014 – 8:00 am |

By Scott Condon | Contributing Writer

The title of Rae Armantrout’s poem “Thrown” immediately brings to mind philosopher Martin Heidegger’s notion that human life is thrown into the world. This concept plays a key role in …

Interview // Joanna Klink

September 28, 2014 – 11:57 pm |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
 

Joanna Klink earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. Her collections of poetry include They Are Sleeping (2000), Circadian (2007), and Raptus (2010). Her new book, Excerpts from a …