National Poetry Month Readings: Local Poets (Audio)

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During April 2015, in celebration of National Poetry Month, the James E. Brooks Library hosted a series of poetry readings featuring local poets. The readings were held in the library’s first floor Academic & Research Commons. The series was arranged and the readings were introduced by Gerard Hogan, Instruction Librarian at the Brooks Library.

On Monday, April 6th, Mende Smith and Joseph Powell were the featured poets. Streaming audio of the program is available through Soundcloud here, or by clicking the link above.

Mende Smith is a writer, reformed relocator, single mother, freelancer, volunteer, lover of historic fiction, and fan of the Oxford comma. She has read with Poets Laureate and been featured from the Pacific Northwest to San Francisco, to L.A's Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center for the past 5 years. Her 2013 chapbook VERITAS CABARET is available now on Lummox Press. Her work has also been published in multiple languages and publication projects, in the UK's Journal, Auckland Radio, Noble Swine Press, and 13eNote's anthology, LadyLand.

Joseph Powell has published five books of poetry and four chapbooks, as well as a book of short stories. In 2009, he won a National Endowment for the Arts Award in poetry. He also co-wrote, with Mark Halperin, a book about meter in poetry. He recently retired from 31 years of teaching in the English Department at Central Washington University.