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Saturday, April 22 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
An Evening with US Poet Laureate Ada Limón, Laura Read, and Gabrielle Bates

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We are overjoyed to be celebrating our 25th anniversary with an evening of poetry featuring the current US Poet Laureate Ada Limón! Ada has said that her job as Poet Laureate is to “elevate, celebrate, and speak to poetry’s role—the power of this art form and what it has the potential to do.” At this special headlining event, Ada will be joined by Laura Read and Gabrielle Bates. Beloved Spokane poet Laura Read is the author of four award-winning collections, most recently But She Is Also Jane winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. Laura is a former Spokane Poet Laureate who teaches at both SFCC and EWU. Gabrielle Bates, whose debut poetry collection Judas Goat was just published with Tin House, has been playing a major role in the poetry scene in Seattle through her work with Seattle Review, Poetry Northwest, Open Books, Seattle's Writers in the Schools, and her podcast The Poet Salon. All three poets will be reading from their latest collections, and following the readings Gabrielle will lead a conversation on poetry and its power to connect us all. It is incredibly special for us to present these three writers on stage together to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and we hope you’ll join us!

Please note that masks are strongly encouraged for this event.

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Ada Limón

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award... Read More →
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Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates is the author of the poetry collection Judas Goat (Tin House, 2023). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Ploughshares, APR, and Best American Experimental Writing, among other journals and anthologies. Originally from... Read More →
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Laura Read

Laura Read is the author of But She Is Also Jane, forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in 2023, Dresses from the Old Country (BOA, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2023 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
The Bing Crosby Theater 901 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA