Timber Curtain is Honored to Keep Amazing Company on Washington State Book Award List

I was so thrilled, surprised, honored and flattered to see that my little gentrification story has been named a finalist for this year’s Washington State Book Award in Poetry.

But what amazing company it keeps. Take a look at these:

Thresholds by Glenna Cookof Tacoma (MoonPath Press)
Killing Marias: A Poem for Multiple Voices by Claudia Castro Luna, of Seattle (Two Sylvias Press)
Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller, of Seattle (Entre Rios Books)
Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces by Eugenia Toledo, of Seattle; translated by Carolyne Wright, of Seattle (Mayapple Press)
Water & Salt by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, of Redmond (Red Hen Press)

When Seamus Heaney Came To Hugo House

I wrote this on the day that Seamus Heaney died…

Seamus Heaney came to Richard Hugo House on February 4, 1999. He was in town for readings at Open Books, Elliott Bay and at the University. He was on a big tour after winning the Nobel Prize and I think he was also celebrating OPENED GROUND, his selected poems from 1966-96. Suddenly, there he was, the Nobel Laureate, the greatest  English language poet since Yeats, standing in our fledgling place, a nonprofit with more imagination than actual institution, more plans than functional space. Stuff was hanging out of the walls; the upstairs bathrooms were being put in and we were trying to get it all going. I think we had five or six classes that year and the place smelled of caulking and dry wall mud. Continue reading “When Seamus Heaney Came To Hugo House”