Washington’s Poet Laureate

What a pleasure to attend Saturphoto (9)day’s workshop led by Washington State’s poet laureate Elizabeth Austen. Our group of twenty focused on close readings of several poems and discussed how critical visual imagery and metaphor are to vivid writing.

I had to be militant about getting the physical world into my poems, she said, encouraging us to examine our writing for physical sensations that give our poems power.

And what a delight to meet both Elizabeth and former state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken later that evening for dinner with five others.Two women who do us honor and are so generous with their time and attention. Whidbey was doubly blessed.


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