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February 22, 2018

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Release Date: 01/22/2018

Washington State Poet Laureates Read at The Seattle Public Library Jan. 31

State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Join us for readings from "WA129," an anthology of poems curated by current State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. We'll also celebrate the incoming Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:15 pm. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636.


Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.


"WA129" is an anthology of poems gathered from the people of Washington State and curated by State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. The anthology includes work from experienced poets and newcomers to the art, young students and lifetime learners. There are 129 poems in the published book - one for every year of statehood up to 2018, the end of Marshall's term as State Poet Laureate.


This event will include readings from anthology contributors Anastacia Renée, Duane Niatum, Georgia McDade, Phillip Red Eagle, Quenton Baker, Rachel Kessler, Dawn Pichon Barron, Bill Carty and Shankar Narayan. Claudia Castro Luna, the incoming State Poet Laureate, will also read from her work.


The event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis and media sponsor The Seattle Times. The event is presented in partnership with the Washington Center for the Book, Humanities Washington, ArtsWA and Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing. WA129 is a project of the Washington State Poet Laureate Program, funded by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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