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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
June 17, 2014

POSTPONED: New Date to be Announced: The Late Summer Poetry Workshop & Reading featuring Seattle poet, Thomas Aslin


Lost Horse Press and the Sandpoint Library proudly present The Late Summer Poetry Workshop & Reading featuring Seattle poet, Thomas Aslin. The Workshop takes place on Friday, 15 August 2014 from 1 pm until 5 pm and on Saturday, 16 August from 10 am until 3 pm. A reading by Thomas Aslin and an open mic for students of the workshop follow the Workshop at 3:30 pm. Cost of the Workshop is $50. The Reading is free and open to the public. Workshop and readings take place in the Rude Girls Room of the Sandpoint Library.

This workshop will speak to methodologies and stances Thomas Aslin has found useful in his own writing. Richard Hugo said that in writing as in life all of our problems are psychological. And Aslin believes, as Hugo would insist, that having a set of tools, in thought and method, will free a poet from what he or she thinks must be said. Having sounds and rhythm dictate what one says is better than saying what one wants, or thinks one wants, to say. We will discuss the reasons for this in class. Hugo liked to quote an E.M. Forster character who said, “How do I know what I want to say until I say it.”

Born in Spokane, Thomas Aslin has lived all but one year of his life in the Northwest. His mother’s family settled in the Palouse when Washington State was a territory, farming and ranching for generations. His father’s parents set up several trading posts in Canada, eventually settling in Burns Lake, B C. Having moved with his family to Spokane when still a boy, his father owned and operated a feed store and mill in the Spokane valley for more than thirty years. Thomas Aslin holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of Montana where he studied with the late Richard Hugo and Madeline DeFrees. His publications include a chapbook, SweetSmoke, from Red Wing Press, and a full-length collection, AMoonOverWings. from Clark City Press, and now a 2nd edition from Tebot Bach.

TA_PosterTo register for Thomas Aslin’s workshop or for additional information, please contact Lost Horse Press at 208.255.4410 or