Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will hold a poetry reading in Forks and a poetry hike and workshop near Port Angeles.

State poet laureate visits this weekend

Washington’s poet laureate will visit Forks and Port Angeles this weekend.

Tod Marshall, the 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate, will read from his most recent collection, “Bugle,” at 6 p.m. Friday at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave.

The book won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the reading.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, Marshall will lead a hike along the Marymere Falls trail and a guided writing session.

The hike will depart from the Storm King Ranger Station on Lake Crescent.

The short meditative hike will offer opportunities for participants to share their writing. No previous hiking or writing experience is required to attend the hike, but participants must be at least 18 years old.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required. To register, visit www.nols.org/events/port-angeles.html.

Marshall is a poet and professor at Gonzaga University. In addition to “Bugle,” he is also the author of “Dare Say,” “The Tangled Line” and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, “Range of the Possible.”

The state-appointed poet laureate serves a two-year term and is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA, with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee. The position is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities Washington.

His visit is funded by the North Olympic Library System and by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.