WA Poet Laureate Wants Your Poem

From Kathleen Flenniken:

Kathleen Flenniken

Kathleen Flenniken

Hi my friends,

Thank you for contributing to my poet laureate blog, The Far Field. I’m trying to beat some bushes for Washington State poets as I launch into my last six months as poet laureate. I am featuring each poet just once on The Far Field, which isn’t hard to do, except I am low on submissions at the moment and soon won’t have time to really go after people to submit. So I am hoping you can help me. Will you please take a look at my index and look for anybody missing and let me know? And if you have emails for those poets, I’d be really grateful. I’m especially interested in poets from outside the Seattle area (though I’m interested in Seattle poets too, have no fear) and poets who have been marginalized for whatever reason.

I am working on several but I know I am overlooking a lot of folks. Plus, I’m looking for student work too, so don’t hesitate to send me your best students.

Thank you for taking a look for me! I so appreciate your help.


So, click on the the link to the Poet Laureate’s blog and send her a poem there. Good luck.

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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16 Responses to WA Poet Laureate Wants Your Poem

  1. Kay Kinghammer says:



    Wed, Aug 21, 7pm
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    1508 11th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle

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    mark huntsman (prose & poetry)
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  2. Kay Kinghammer says:

    I would be so honored if you would consider my work. Thank you!!

  3. Andrea M says:

    Jennifer Boyden and Daniel Lamberton — both in Walla Walla.

  4. Rebecca Meredith says:

    Hi Kathleen,

    I’m past poet laureate of Redmond, a position now held by Jeannine Hall Gailey. Your predecessor Sam was on the panel that hired me. I’ve been pretty well published and have had that great experience of figuring out how to be a “civic poet”, an interesting task. I’m now working on a body of work about women’s ways of getting things done, often under the public and political radar. Hope you’ll keep me in mind.

  5. Splabman says:

    Rebecca, send Kathleen a poem or two. Paul

  6. Shawna Hempel says:

    my pen name is Jan Ice, that is what I write under
    I would be thrilled to be included in this project I think it is wonderfull to share with other writers.
    here is a link to the only work I have out there
    I don’t have a blog or a web site for my writing

  7. You would be missing an amazing and worthy poet if you didn’t include Stephen Roxborough. His e-mail is: stephenroxborough@gmail.com or you can find him on FB.

    Please look at his work. It is really wonderful!

  8. cheryl waitkevich says:

    Would you like to see poems here,or emailed?

  9. Heather says:

    I’m a Washingtonian teaching and living abroad (Lusaka, Zambia). My school recently started a “Poet Laureate” contest for our school and I would love to nominate this year’s Poet Laureate, Jessica Schurz.

  10. Splabman says:

    Email Kathleen.

  11. Splabman says:

    Send a poem to Kathleen for consideration.

  12. Splabman says:

    Have him send a poem to Kathleen.

  13. Dear Kathleen, Thanks so much for doing this. My book Unfurling is on the website. If you want a poem from it, I can send you one. Please let me know. Thanks Carol

  14. Splabman says:

    Carol, send your poem to Kathleen.

  15. What is the email address for submissions?

  16. Splabman says:

    Kathleen Flenniken

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