Friday, November 7, 2008

Thurs. Nov. 13, 2008 #231

Ballard Library, 6 p.m.

Ken Shiovitz on The Writer's Craft

Ken Shiovitz, former animal behaviorist, is now with Windermere Real Estate. His birdsong work is published in Animal Behavior, Behaviour, and Natural History; poems and essays in Drash, Kota Press, PoetsWest, and several Projects. He is a member of WPA and PoetsTable, and a sometimes venue host and poetry reader for Drash.

Marilyn Meyer is a writing coach, editor, essayist, and occasional poet. Her personal essays, poems, and radio commentary have appeared in numerous publications over the past 35 years. Retired from a career teaching in the public schools, Marilyn has been the Learnng Specialist at Northwest Yeshivah High School since 2003. The mother of 3 grown children, Marilyn Meyer lives with her dog Gila in West Seattle.

Mike Hickey is from Belleville, IL., and the oldest of eleven children. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, 1987, an MFA from the University of Washington, 1992, and is currently working on a sequel to his first novel, Counterclockwise. He has also published a poetry chapbook, In Defense of Eve. as well as won awards for poetry, teaching, and as a labor leader for the American Federation of Teachers. In addition to being a tenured creative writing instructor at South Seattle Community College, he has taught as a volunteer to children at summer bereavement camps, to at-risk youth in White Center, and to prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex. He lives in West Seattle with his wife, Mona, and their two-year-old son, Nathan.

Bethany Reid is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Coyotes and My Mom (1990), and the co-author, with Thomas M. Gaskin, of Everett and Snohomish County (Wyndham Press, 2005). Her poetry and essays have appeared in numerous small presses and literary journals, including Calyx, Santa Clara Review, Cairn, Hayden’s Ferry Review, New England Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, and Twins. Bethany earned her M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington where she was a poetry editor and later interview and essay editor of The Seattle Review.

Congratulations to Mike Hickey for placing FIRST in the 2008 Poet Populist election! Congratulations to all the rest too.