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In Memory of a Banyan Tree: Poems of the Outside World: 1985 to 2022
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The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear: Selected Poems
March 29, 2015

Lost Horse Press & Lynx House Press celebrate at Spokane’s Get Lit! 2015

Lost Horse Press and Lynx House Press are celebrating Spokane’s Get Lit! with a combined Reading, Book Sale & Book Signing, one of the festival events that will take place at 12 noon on Sunday, 26 April in the Peacock Room of the historic Davenport Hotel. This Get Lit! reading is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Featured readers—poets and writers published by both Lynx House Press and Lost Horse Press—include Sam Hamill, Melissa Kwasny, Greg Pape, Prartho Sereno, Robert Michael Pyle, Maya Jewell Zeller, Carlos Reyes, and Robert McNamara. These distinguished Northwest writers will be joined on stage by classical and jazz guitarist Leon Atkinson, plus two percussionists. As they read, writers will have an opportunity to be accompanied by one or all musicians. The musicians will also perform several selections without poetic accompaniment.

In addition, the Davenport Hotel’s chefs have created a luncheon menu especially for our Reading. We hope you’ll join us for a no-host lunch or a glass of wine and an appetizer. We look forward to seeing you at the Peacock Room for an afternoon of poetry, stories, locally-produced books, lively music, libations and great food.


SAM HAMILL is Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and served as Editor there for thirty-two years. He directed the Port Townsend Writers Conference for nine years, and in 2003, founded Poets Against the War. He is the author of more than forty books—including celebrated translations from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Latin—as well as the recently released Habitation (Lost Horse Press, 2105), Hamill’s collected poems.

MELISSA KWASNY is the author of four books of poetry: The Nine Senses (Milkweed Editions 2011); Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed Editions 2009), named as one of the best ten books of 2009 by The Huffington Post;Thistle (Lost Horse Press 2006), which won the Idaho Prize in 2005; and The Archival Birds (Bear Star Press 2000). She is also the editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800–1950 (Wesleyan University Press 2004) and co-editor, with M.L. Smoker, of the anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poets in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press 2009). A collection of prose writings, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision was published by Lynx House Press in 2012.

GREG PAPE is the author of nine books, including Border Crossings, Black Branches, Storm Pattern (all originally published by University of Pittsburgh Press), Sunflower Facing the Sun (winner of the Edwin Ford Piper Prize—now called the Iowa Prize—and published by University of Iowa Press), and American Flamingo (winner of a Crab Orchard Open Competition Award, and published by Southern Illinois University Press). He has received the Discovery/The Nation Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships, the Pushcart Prize, the Richard Hugo Memorial Poetry Award. He teaches at the University of Montana, and in the Brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University. He served as Poet Laureate of Montana from 2007 to 2009.

RARTHO SERENO has graduate degrees from Bowling Green State University and Syracuse University and has conducted readings and workshops in colleges, high schools, and other venues throughout California since 1999. Her previous collection, Calls from Paris, was awarded the Word Works Prize, and her work has been widely published in journals, including Atlanta Review, Rattle, Runes, California Quarterly, Barrow Street, and many others. She lives in San Anselmo, California.

ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE writes essay, poetry, and fiction from an old Swedish farmstead along a tributary of the Lower Columbia River in southwestern Washington. His eighteen books include Wintergreen and The Tangled Bank. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has received the John Burroughs Medal and several other writing awards. Pyle’s poems have appeared in magazines including the North American Review, and in a chapbook, Letting the Flies Out. Evolution of the Genus Iris is his first full-length book of poems.

MAYA JEWELL ZELLER grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Born at home in the upstairs apartment of her parents’ gas station on the Oregon coast, Maya has been a high school teacher, cross country and track coach, an editor, a college professor, and most recently, a mother. Her poetry has won awards from The Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and appears widely. She currently lives in Spokane with her husband and daughter, and teaches English at Gonzaga University.

CARLOS REYES is a noted Portland poet, translator, and world traveler. His latest book of poetry is Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart (Lost Horse Press, 2013). The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems was published by Lost Horse Press in 2009. A Suitcase Full of Crows (1995) was a winner of the Bluestem Prize. His most recent book of translations is Poemas de amor y locura / Poems of Love and Madness: Selected Translations (Lynx House Press, 2013). In 2008 he was recipient of The Fortner Award from Saint Andrews College. He has been an Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Fundación Valparaíso Fellow (Spain), a Heinrich Böll Fellow (Ireland), An Island Institute Fellow (Sitka, Alaska), as well as poet-in-residence at the Joshua Tree National Park, Acadia National Park, and most recently, Devils Tower National Monument.

ROBERT MCNAMARA was born in New York City in 1950. He has published two previous books of poetry, Second Messengers (Wesleyan) and The Body & the Day (David Robert Books), as well as a translation of selected poems by the Bengali poet Sarat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, The Cat Under the Stairs (Eastern Washington University Press). He has been awarded a fellowship from  the National Endowment for the Arts and a Fulbright Fellowship for language study and cultural exchange in Calcutta. The founder and editor of L’Epervier Press, McNamara teaches in the Interdisciplinary Writing Program at the University of Washington, where he is the University Director of the Puget Sound Writing Project.

Born and raised in NYC, LEON ATKINSON’S intense passion for the guitar led him to study with Maestro Andres Segovia in Spain. The first time he played for the Maestro, Segovia said, “It is easy to see that you love what you do, Muy Bonita.” Upon returning from Spain, he became Chairperson of the Guitar Department at Jersey City State College, and taught classical guitar at the Manhattan School of Music. He had his debut in 1974 at Town Hall, and the following year he played Carnegie Hall. He played on Broadway, for the shows Promises Promises, See Saw, Hurry Harry and A Chorus Line. He was solo guitarist with Alvin Ailey Ballet, and he performed in the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Mass Ballet, on stage and on record. After moving West, Atkinson founded the Classical Guitar Guild, and established guitar programs at Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, Spokane Falls Community College and North Idaho College. He has performed often with the Spokane Symphony. Leon Atkinson lives in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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