2003 - 2004 Reading Series
December 3, 2003
Kevin Craft's first book of poems, Solar Prominence, won the Samuel and Rhea Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books, and will
appear in fall 2005. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, The Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), The Camargo Foundation (France), and the Artist Trust of Washington State. He lives in Seattle, and teaches writing and literature at Everett Community College and the University of Washington’s Rome Center.
February 10, 2004
David Biespiel was born in 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in Texas. He is the author of Shattering Air and Wild Civility, which is the 2003 selection for the University of Washington’s Northwest Poetry Series. Widely published, he has won Wallace Stegner and NEA Fellowships. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family, and teaches at Oregon State University.
Olena Kalytiak Davis
April 14, 2004
Olena Kalytiak Davis, a first-generation Ukrainian American, was born and grew up in Detroit and has called such places as San Francisco, Prague, Paris, and the Yup’ik community of Bethel, Alaska, home. “Her deeply personal and unpredictable poems echo everything from nursery rhymes to the classics…With great dexterity and wit she stretches language to the wildest boundaries of poetic possibility.” Her poems have appeared in the New England Review, Northwest Review, North American Review, and elsewhere. Her first book, And Her Soul Out of Nothing, won the Brittingham award from the University of Wisconsin Press. A second book, Shattered Sonnets, Love Cards and other Back and Off Handed Importunities, has just appeared from the Tin House/Bloomsbury Press. She currently lives and writes in Anchorage, Alaska.
May 12, 2004
Jennifer S. Davis
May 27, 2004
Jennifer S. Davis, the author of Her Kind of Want, is a winner of the Iowa Award for Short Fiction and a recipient of the Prague Summer Seminars Fellowship in Fiction. Her stories have been published in such literary journals as the Apalachee Review, Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Crab Orchard Review. Originally from Alabama, where she received her MFA from the University of Alabama, Jennifer joined the faculty at Eastern Washington University in the fall of 2002, where she teaches and serves as the Director of the literary journal, Willow Springs.