In celebration of National Poetry Month, Old Growth Northwest is teaming up with Bayview Retirement Community for an afternoon of intergenerational verse. Featuring local poets Priscilla Long and M. Anne Sweet, the event will include an open mic where writers and poetry fans of all ages may present their work. In particular, we will celebrate writing from participants of the Bayview poetry workshop, taught by facilitator Benjamin Schmitt.
Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author and teacher of writing. Her book of poems, Crossing Over, is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press. Her other books are The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life and Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry. Her shorter works include science, poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, and her column, Science Frictions, appeared on the website of The American Scholar for 92 weeks (2011-2013). Her work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Smithsonian, The Gettysburg Review, The Chariton Review, Women’s Review of Books, among others. For more information please visit www.PriscillaLong.com and PriscillaLong.org.
M. Anne Sweet is a poet and artist who has performed and exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest. As a poet, she has performed individually, as well as with The Seattle Five Plus One, Project Z and the Daughters of Dementia. Literary credits include a book-length poetry collection, Nailed to the Sky; past winner of the Bart Baxter Poetry in Performance Competition; and numerous works in print and online. She maintains a working studio at Equinox Studios in the Georgetown area of Seattle and is currently working on a series of graphic poems (in the genre of graphic novels) that combine her visual art and poetry. On weekdays she is the general manager of the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association in Auburn. For more information, visitwww.studiosixeight.com.