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In Memory of a Banyan Tree: Poems of the Outside World: 1985 to 2022
Three Wooden Trunks
The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear: Selected Poems
April 16, 2016


Sandpoint’s Lost Horse Press and Spokane’s Lynx House Press—partners in publishing—host a reading at GET LIT! on Sunday, 17 April 2106 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm in The Peacock Room of The Davenport Hotel [10 S Post Street, Spokane, WA] featuring poets Rob Carney; Kathleen Flenniken, the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate; Piotr Florczyk; Katrina Roberts; Peter Sears, Poet Laureate of Oregon; and Bill Tremblay. The event will be emceed by current Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall. Writers will be accompanied by classical and jazz guitarist, Leon Atkinson, of KPBX’s The Guitar Hour, as well as EWU music student, Quindrey Davis, their music adding a surprising and wonderful sublimity to the writing.

Admission is free, lunch and libations will be available for purchase in The Peacock Room. Join us early, order lunch, and hear some of the region’s finest poets and writers.

This event is sponsored by the Selinger Shone Foundation.



Tod Marshall is Washington State’s Poet Laureate and a professor at Gonzaga University. His books of poetry include Bugle, The Tangled Line, and Dare Say. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an attendant anthology of work by the interviewed poets, Range of Voices.



Rob Carney is a two-time winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry and is the author of three collections of poetry and three chapbooks. His most recent collection is 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2016). He is a professor of English at Utah Valley University.


Kathleen Flenniken began her career as a civil engineer and didn’t discover poetry until her early 30s. Her collection, Plume (University of Washington Press, 2012), a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site and her home town of Richland, Washington, won the Washington State Book Award and was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Pacific Northwest Book Awards. Her first book, Famous (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Her other honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust. She was the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate. Flenniken is an editor and president of Floating Bridge Press, a nonprofit press dedicated to publishing Washington State poets, and president of Jack Straw, an audio arts studio and cultural center. She teaches poetry in the schools through arts agencies like Writers in the Schools and Jack Straw, and Seattle University. Flenniken holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering.


Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist, and translator. In addition to his books, he has published poems, translations, essays, and reviews in many journals, including The American Scholar, Boston Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Notre Dame Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Pleiades, Poetry International, Slate, The Southern Review, Threepenny Review, and The Times Literary Supplement. His collection of poems—East & West—was recently released by Lost Horse Press He is one of the founders of Calypso Editions, a cooperative press, and serves as Translation Editor for The Los Angeles Review. After earning his M.F.A. from San Diego State University in 2006, he taught poetry and literature undergraduate and graduate courses at Antioch University Los Angeles, Cecil College, Claremont McKenna College, University of California-Riverside, University of Delaware, University of San Diego, and San Diego State University. He lives in Los Angeles.


Katrina Roberts is the author of four collections of poems, and the editor of an anthology—Because You Asked (Lost Horse Press, 2016) including eighty-five voices out of the many writers who’ve participated in the Visiting Writers Reading Series she directs at Whitman College, where she’s the Mina Schwabacher Professor of English and the Humanities. Before she moved to the Pacific Northwest to get some grapevines in the ground, she had a decade’s run of adjunct teaching in Cambridge, MA (Harvard Extension, Boston University, Holy Cross, Keene State College, University of Southern Maine, Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking). She’s a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Peter Sears is the current Poet Laureate of Oregon and author of three full-length poetry collections: Tour: New and Selected Poems, The Brink, and Green Diver, a number of poetry chapbooks, and books on teaching writing, including Secret Writing and I’m Gonna Bake Me a Rainbow Poem. His most recent collection, Small Talk, was released by Lynx House Press. His work has also appeared in national newspapers and magazines The New York Times, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and Rolling Stone, as well as literary journals New Letters, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, and Seneca Review. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Sears has taught at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and has served as Dean of Students at Bard College, community services coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission, and director of the Oregon Literary Coalition. He currently teaches in the Pacific University low-residency MFA department, and splits his time between Corvallis and Portland, Oregon.


Bill Tremblay is an award-winning poet as well as a novelist, teacher, editor, and reviewer. He’s had eight full-length volumes of poetry published, most recently Walks Along the Ditch (Lynx House Press, 2016). Hundreds of his poems have been published in literary magazines, as well such anthologies as the Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Best American Poetry 2003, The Portable Poetry Workshop, and Responding to Literature. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as The Pushcart Prize Anthology and the Corporation at Yaddo. Mr. Tremblay edited Colorado Review for fifteen years, served as a member of the Program Directors Council of the Associated Writing Programs [AWP], and is the recipient of the John F. Stern Distinguished Professor award for his thirty years teaching in and directing the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University.