Sequim reading Friday to feature poet’s exploits at sea

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — Alaska salmon fisher, naturalist and poet Holly J. Hughes will offer passages from her new book, Sailing by Ravens, during another free Fourth Friday Reading this week.

Writers on the Spit, a Sequim-area group, invites lovers of literature to these readings at the Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Co., 157 W. Cedar St.

In Friday’s 6 p.m. gathering, Hughes will be the featured writer up first, and then the microphone will open for five-minute readings of poetry and prose.

For guidelines on open-mic readings, email organizer Ruth Marcus at

Hughes, who is the recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship and residencies at Hedgebrook, Centrum and the Vermont Studio Center, has also spent more than 30 seasons working at sea.

Her poems explore how one finds a way forward on the water, in love and in life.

Sailing by Ravens, published this year by the University of Alaska Press, is Hughes’ third book.

She co-authored The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World with Brenda Miller and wrote Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease with Port Angeles writer Tess Gallagher.

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Last modified: May 20. 2014 5:42PM
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