Alice Derry, Kathryn Hunt to read poetry on Thursday in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwind Reading Series will feature Alice Derry and Kathryn Hunt on Thursday.

Readings will begin at 7 p.m. in Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

“Hunger” is Derry’s fifth volume of poetry (MoonPath Press, 2018).

“Tremolo” was published by Red Hen Press in 2012.

As manuscript, it received a 2011 Washington Artist Trust Award.

“Strangers To Their Courage,” from Louisiana State University Press, 2001, was a finalist for the Washington Book Award.

With Tess Gallagher and others, Derry helped stage a month-long 75th birthday celebration for Raymond Carver in 2013, delivering the event’s keynote address.

Derry has two previous collections, “Stages of Twilight” (1986, chosen by Raymond Carver) and “Clearwater” (1997, Blue Begonia Press). A chapbook of translations from Rainer Rilke appeared in 2002.

Derry taught English and German at Peninsula College in Port Angeles for 29 years.

There she co-directed the Foothills Writers’ Series. In 2017, she was Writer-in-Residence at Peninsula College.

Hunt makes her home on the coast of the Salish Sea.

Her poems have appeared in “The Sun,” “Orion,” “Rattle,” “Crab Orchard Review,” “Radar,” “The Writer’s Almanac,” “The Missouri Review” and “Narrative.”

Her collection of poems, “Long Way Through Ruin,” was published by Blue Begonia Press, and she’s recently completed a second collection of poems, “You Won’t Find It on a Map,” a finalist for the 2017 Idaho Prize from Lost Horse Press.

Her chapbook “The Nothing Certain Nowhere West” was a 2017 finalist with Autumn House Press and Emrys Press.

She is the recipient of residencies and awards from PLAYA, Artists Trust, and Ucross.

She’s worked as a waitress, shipscaler, short-order cook, bookseller, printer, food bank coordinator, filmmaker and freelance writer.

Northwind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that sponsors visual, musical and literary art events and education on the North Olympic Peninsula.

For more about the center, see www.northwindarts.org.

For more information, contact Bill Mawhinney at 360-302-1159.

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