Rainier Arts Center presents Tod Marshall

May 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
Rainier Arts Center

Rainier Arts Center is thrilled to present Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall!

Join us for an evening of poetry and conversation with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall along with special guests Claudia Castro Luna, Oliver de la Paz, and Sierra Golden.

This event is free and open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

tod marshall - croppedTod Marshall (Washington State Poet Laureate) – A poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say(2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002). He succeeds poets Elizabeth Austen (2014-2016), Kathleen Flenniken (2012–2014), and Sam Green (2007–2009). Read Marshall’s blog at wapoetlaureate.org, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.




Claudia-Castro-Luna-portrait-204x300Claudia Castro Luna (Seattle’s Civic Poet) – The recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry from Mills College. Her poems have appeared in Milvia Street, Riverbabble, City Arts and Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, among others She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civil War; an excerpt of it appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.




oliver de la paz - croppedOliver de la Paz (poet, activist, WWU professor) – author of four collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007), and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry chosen by Martìn Espada, and Post Subject: A Fable (U. of Akron Press 2014).  He is the co-editor with Stacey Lynn Brown of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (U. of Akron Press 2012)He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry and serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Board.  A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has appeared in journals like Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Chattahoochee Review, and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry:  The Next Generation. He is the music editor for At Length Magazine and he teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.


Sierra Golden (Seattle poet and Hugo House fellow) – moderator – Received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Winner of the program’s 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize, Golden’s work appears or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. She has also been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook, the Island Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Although she calls Washington State home, Golden has spent many summers in Alaska, working as a commercial fisherman. She now works in communications and is a 2015-2016 Made at Hugo House Fellow.

Nakeya and Jeniyah 02Youth poet and mentor from Friends of the Children: JENIYAH has been in the Friends of the Children program since she was 6 years old, and is now 14 and in the 9th grade. She was paired with NAKEYA, her professional mentor, 2 years ago and they quickly developed a strong bond after discovering their mutual love for poetry as a way to express challenges and hope. Together, they write and share their work with each other for feedback, inspiration and encouragement.

Jeniyah is creative and enjoys dancing, fashion, and doing hair, and currently plans to attend college to study cosmetology after graduating high school. As a professional mentor, Nakeya wanted to  work for Friends of the Children because she loves helping young girls reach their greatest potential, and the fact that it’s a full-time, salaried job is an added bonus. Nakeya is looking forward to many years with Janiyah, and the opportunity to see her evolution into adulthood first hand.