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Sunday, April 23 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Walking Spokane's Wilds with Cascadia Field Guide

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Join us for a special outdoor event at People's Park, one of several wilder areas of downtown Spokane, to celebrate the Cascadia Field Guide, an anthology that “brings together art, poetry, and stories holding scientific, sensory, and cultural knowledge to celebrate and illuminate Cascadia, the diverse ecoregion stretching from Alaska’s Prince William Sound to Northern California and from the Pacific Coast to the Continental Divide." Participants will take a guided walk with poets Derek Sheffield, Andrew Gottlieb, CMarie Fuhrman, Maya Jewell Zeller, Kathryn Smith, and Elizabeth Bradfield. The poets will stop for readings at each being they encounter that's referenced in the Cascadia Field Guide: Ponderosa Pine, Raven, Steelhead, Sagebrush, Coyote, Bald Eagle, Caddisfly...and who knows, maybe even a Black Bear or Western Rattlesnake! At each stop, the poets will read a poem and discuss the ecology as well as the nature of our artistic field guide. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to celebrate the beauty of our natural world with Cascadia poets! *Attendees should meet in the People's Park Parking Lot  15 minutes before the event begins. This parking lot is small, so we recommend arriving early and carpooling if possible.

This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required. *Attendees should meet in the High Bridge Park parking lot 15 minutes before the event begins.

We would like to thank Western Colorado University's MFA in Creative Writing for their sponsorship of this event. Click here to learn more about Western and their MFA program, which offers four unique concentrations: Genre Fiction, Nature Writing, Poetry, and Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television.  

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Andrew C. Gottlieb

Andrew C. Gottlieb's first full-length collection of poems, Tales of a Distance, came out in 2022, and he's the author of two chapbooks of poems, Flow Variations, Finishing Line Press 2017, and Halflives, published by New Michigan Press in 2005. Other writing—book reviews, essays... Read More →
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Derek Sheffield

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, and Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry. He... Read More →
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Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Toward Antarctica, which uses haibun and her photographs to query the work of guiding tourists in Antarctica, and Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro. She has co-edited the anthologies Broadsided... Read More →
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CMarie Fuhrman

CMarie Fuhrman is an author and poet whose work is rooted in the landscape of the West. She is the author of the collection of poems, Camped Beneath the Dam, and co-editor of two significant anthologies, Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Poetry and Native Voices: Indigenous... Read More →
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Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith’s most recent poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Cephalopod (Milkweed Editions, 2021), won the Jake Adam York Prize and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She has received awards from Artist Trust, Spokane Arts, and the Allied Arts Foundation, and... Read More →
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Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy For Cells & Other Beasts, the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees, and the poetry collection Rust Fish. She is also co-editor, with Sharma Shields, of the anthology, Evergreen... Read More →

Sunday April 23, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
People's Park Parking Lot 25242.1201, Spokane, WA 99201