2016 Festival: October 21st & 22nd

The Tacoma Poetry Festival, now in its second year will once again be a featured event during the 2016 celebration of Tacoma Arts Month.  Scheduled for Friday evening October 21st and all day on Saturday, October 22nd in the Tacoma Public Utilities Building Auditorium.

We are excited to announce that award winning poet and former JBLM-based soldier Brian Turner will be appearing as our keynote speaker.  Carolyne Wright, noted Seattle poet, and editor of the recently released anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter will be joining Brian on stage Friday night for readings and a discussion centered on our theme of “Working Poetry”.  Both Brian and Carolyne will be conducting workshops on Saturday.  

Carolyne Wright

Seattle native Carolyne Wright is the author of nine books of poetry, including Mania Klepto: The Book of Eulene (2011); A Change of Maps (2006), nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for an Idaho Prize and Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; and Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (2005), winner of a Blue Lynx Prize and an American Book Award. Wright earned her BA from the Humanities Honors Program at Seattle University and an MA and a PhD in English/creative writing from Syracuse University. 

Brian Turner

Brian Turner 
is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and more. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”