Pacific Northwest poets to read in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — When it comes to inspiration, this poetry reading prefers “Home Cookin” — that is, poetry nourished and prepared in the Pacific Northwest.

Three poets from the Pacific Northwest will read their works at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., at 7 p.m. today in the sanctuary.

Free to attend

The public reading series is free to attend.

The poets include Tess Gallagher, considered by some the “empress of Pacific Northwest poetry”; Gary Copeland Lilley, a North Carolina native who has been called an “archetypal denizen of the modern South”; and Geoff Bowman, who considers himself either the oldest young Pacific Northwest poet or the youngest old PNW poet, according to a press release.

Novelist, playwright

Gallagher, a novelist and playwright as well as a poet, currently spends time at a cottage in the west of Ireland. Gallagher also lives and writes in her hometown of Port Angeles.

She has published 11 volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is “Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems,” published in 2011 by Graywolf Press.

Lilley is a North Carolina poet writing and teaching in the Pacific Northwest. The most recent of his four poetry collections is “The Bushman’s Medicine Show,” published in 2017 by Lost Horse Press. He recently taught at the Centrum Foundation’s Port Townsend Writers’ Conference and The Writers’ Workshoppe.

Bowman grew up in Texas and then stopped writing for about 40 years, during which time he logged on Vancouver Island and ran a stone and jewelry business centered in Tucson, Ariz.

When writing recently returned, he subsequently moved north to Port Townsend and published “In the Octopus Nursery” in 2014.

All three poets will have books for sale at the reading.

More in Entertainment

Chamber music workshop to include performances this weekend

Centrum’s Chamber Music Intensive Workshop will open two student… Continue reading

Nerd Comedy Tour to stop at Port Townsend winery

The Nerd Comedy Tour 2024 will take the stage… Continue reading

The Port Townsend Summer Band will play a series of free monthly concerts this summer.
Port Townsend Summer Band to play series of monthly concerts

The Port Townsend Summer Band began its 32nd season… Continue reading

The Wild Rose Chorale embraces fun in its music. Annual concerts are Friday and Sunday. Personnel includes, from left, back row, Lynn Nowak, Rolf Vegdahl, Doug Rodgers, Al Thompson, Kris Lott, Mark Schecter, Patricia Nerison, Chuck Helman, and, from left, front row, Leslie Lewis, Cherry Chenruk-Geelan, Sarah Gustner-Hewitt and JES Schumacher. (Jo Tiffany)
Wild Rose Chorale to perform concerts this weekend

Wild Rose Chorale will perform “It’s a Celebration” at… Continue reading

Margaret Emery, seen here, and Anabel Moore will perform to “Waltz of the Flowers” and to music by French composer Jacques Ibert on Saturday at Port Townsend High School.
Ling Hui Dance performance set Saturday at Port Townsend High School

Ling Hui Dance will present its 28th performance with… Continue reading

Sequim City Orchestra to host free performance Saturday

The Sequim City Orchestra will finish its 2023-2024 season with… Continue reading

Rebecca Roudman, right, and Colin Williams of the San Francisco Bay area-based Renegade Orchestra take the stage at Field Arts & Events Hall, a Saturday venue of the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Hitting the right notes

Rebecca Roudman, right, and Colin Williams of the San Francisco Bay area-based… Continue reading

This year's Rhododendron Festival queen Paige Govia and princess Rosie Schmucker wave to the Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade crowd on May 11. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Irrigation Festival names its Grand Parade winners

Sequim Irrigation Festival organizers announced the winners of the Grand… Continue reading

Flower Garden Frizzle by Debra Olson will be part of the Colors of Nature exhibit at Field Arts and Events Hall in Port Angeles.
Reception set for Colors of Nature art exhibit

There will be a reception at 5 p.m. Tuesday… Continue reading

Port Angeles Food Bank to host bar crawl fundraiser

The Port Angeles Food Bank will sponsor Barkour, its… Continue reading

Juan de Fuca Festival kicks off weekend events

The Juan de Fuca Festival and Hood Canal Fjord Fest highlight the… Continue reading

Kim Trenerry, left, and Jason Mogi, who make up the Port Angeles-based duo Deadwood Revival, shown Tuesday at the New Moon Craft Tavern in Port Angeles, will perform at this weekend’s Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Juan de Fuca Festival spreads out this weekend

Street fair, five stages host performers, vendors