National Poetry Month!
Bellingham Poet James Bertolino will be reading at Kings Books, Friday, April 10 at 7 pm. (Open mic follows, sign up at 6:30)
Bertolino teaches at Western Washington University and has been writing and publishing poetry for 40 years. He is also–by all accounts–a “nice, generous guy” and “one helluva poet.”
From his website:
James Bertolino’s poetry has been appearing internationally in books, magazines and anthologies for almost 40 years. His first book, Drool, was published in 1968, and his most recent appeared in 2002––34 years later. His poetry has been recognized by the Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a Hart Crane publication award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book awards and other regional and national prizes.
Nine volumes and fourteen chapbooks of his poetry and prose have been published by such presses as Copper Canyon, Carnegie Mellon, New Rivers, Ithaca House and the QRL Award Series. Two of his out-of-print books have been reprinted by the Connecticut College Contemporary American Poetry Archive. He holds an MFA from Cornell University and has taught creative writing at Cornell Washington State, University of Cincinnati, Willamette University and, currently, Western Washington University. Such magazines as Ploughshares, Poetry, Notre Dame Review, Indiana Review, Partisan Review, Florida Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Raven Chronicles, String Town, and Crab Creek Review have printed his poems.
Recent anthologies include Poets Against the War from The Nation Books and Under A Silver Sky: Pacific Northwest Poetry from Evergreen State College. His latest volume is Pocket Animals: 60 Poems, published in 2002 by Egress Studio Press.
Open Mic sign-up is at 6:30 pm.
Admission is free.
The Distinguished Writer’s series occurs monthly the second Friday of every month at King’s Books. Sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission and the Puget Sound Poetry Connection.
Kings Bookstore: 218 St. Helens Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402 253.272.8801