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Kevin Craft: VAGRANTS & ACCIDENTALS
January 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 27, we welcome Seattle’s Kevin Craft to the bookshop, along with local favorite David Biespiel, for poetry and prose about poetry. Kevin brings his latest poem collection, VAGRANTS & ACCIDENTALS (University of Washington, 2017); David reads from his memoir, THE EDUCATION OF A YOUNG POET (Counterpoint, 2017)
Kevin Craft lives in Seattle and directs the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College. His first book, Solar Prominence (2005), was selected by Vern Rutsala for the Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books. A new collection, Vagrants & Accidentals, was recently published in the Pacific Northwest Poets Series of the University of Washington Press. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared widely in such places as Poetry, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Stranger. He has received fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the Camargo Foundation (France), 4Culture, The Jack Straw Cultural Center, and Artist Trust. Craft served as editor of Poetry Northwest from 2009 – 2016. He is now executive editor of Poetry NW Editions, and a director of the UW Writers in Rome program which he has led for nearly 20 years. He believes that poems, like good travelers, live in the go-between.
David Biespiel is the author of ten books, most recently The Education of a Young Poet, selected as a 2017 Best Books for Writers by Poets & Writers, A Long High Whistle, which received the 2016 Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction, and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen one of the Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation and received the 2011 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. He’s received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland, he also teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University.