Novelist and Port Townsend Writers Conference Artistic Director Sam Ligon is among the authors who will give free readings online this week. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Novelist and Port Townsend Writers Conference Artistic Director Sam Ligon is among the authors who will give free readings online this week. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Authors, poets to provide free readings at Centrum’s Port Townsend Writers Conference

PORT TOWNSEND — A varied group of authors and poets from Washington state and across the country will give free public readings — and answer questions from listeners — tonight through Saturday during Centrum’s annual gathering of writers.

To find the links to the readings, visit, click on the Writing menu, select Port Townsend Writers Conference and scroll down to the public readings.

Each live-streamed event this week will begin at 5 p.m.; online viewers should join just a few minutes prior to that start time.

Videos of the readings will be archived for later viewing via, said George Marie, program manager of the writers conference. Centrum’s website also has information about the conference’s many workshops offered online this week.

Here’s the lineup of readers:

Today: “Love Like Water, Love Like Fire” author Mikhail Iossel and essayist Paisley Rekdal.

Tuesday: “Against Football” author Steve Almond, “Life Without a Recipe” memoirist Diana Abu-Jaber and “Pictograph” poet Melissa Kwasny.

Wednesday: Essayist Jenny Boully, Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith and “Alchemy for Cells and Other Beasts” author Maya Jewell Zeller.

Thursday: Poet and memoirist Kim Addonizio, novelist and “Pie and Whiskey” co-editor Sam Ligon and Port Townsend poet Gary Copeland Lilley.

Friday: Novelists and short story writers Robert Lopez and Rebecca Brown, and Spokane journalist and novelist Shawn Vestal.

Saturday: Poet Claudia Castro Luna, “Native Voices” co-editor CMarie Fuhrman, and novelist and journalist Kristen Millares Young.

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