Poet Laureate to speak at Northwest Voices event


Lower Columbia College has announced that Author and Washington Poet Laureate Rena Priest will be featured at the April 24 Northwest Voices event in Longview.

The author will present a writing workshop at 4:00 p.m., in Main 148 on the Lower Columbia College campus.

She will hold a reading at the Longview Public Library auditorium at 7 p.m.

(Please note that the event at the library was priorly scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and will now take place at 7 p.m.)

Both events are free and open to the public.

Rena Priest is a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She is the incumbent Washington State Poet Laureate and Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writing Fellow. Priest is also the recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Indigenous Nations Poets, and the Vadon Foundation. Her debut collection, Patriarchy Blues, received an American Book Award. Her second collection, Sublime Subliminal, was published as the finalist for the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. Her most recent book, Northwest Know-How: Beaches, includes poems, retellings of legends, and fun descriptions of 29 of the most beloved beaches in Washington and Oregon. Priest’s nonfiction has appeared in High Country News, YES! Magazine, Seattle Met, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.


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