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February 18, 2011

Goings on at the UP Library

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The University Place Pierce County Library recently reopened at 3609 Market Pl. West, after a lengthy renovation. The library now has 3000 square feet of additional space. They are celebrating with a series of events featuring best-selling authors. All events are held at the library, and are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by Friends of the University Place Library and Pierce County Library Foundation.

Books by the featured authors can be purchased at the events from Tacoma’s illustrious King’s Books. A portion of the proceeds will go to the University Place Library Campaign, which has been raising funds from individuals and organizations to add innovative features and technology to the new library.

Saturday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m.
Mystery writer Mary Daheim has written 27 books in the Bed-and-Breakfast series, and the 22nd book in her Emma Lord series will be published in March.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.
Fantasy author Terry Brooks has published dozens of novels, including three series: Word & Void, Landover, and Shannara.

There will also be a Family Concert, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.
Award-winning musician Aaron Nigel Smith will have the whole family dancing and singing along with his fun, inspired and lively show. Music CDs will be available for sale.


November 2, 2010

First Book Poetry Contest Winner/Book Release Event Nov. 15

Professor Kupinse forwards the following announcement regarding Exquisite Disarray Publishing, a nonprofit Tacoma press he helped to found. Note that the book release event will take place on Monday, November 15–details below. From the press release:

What Other Choice, Jeremy Halinen’s Debut Book of Poems
Named as Winner of the Exquisite Disarray 2010 First Book Poetry Contest

Tacoma, Wash. – What Other Choice, a poetry collection by Washington State writer Jeremy Halinen, has been selected by Exquisite Disarray Publishing as the winner of its 2010 First Book Poetry Contest.

Exquisite Disarray will publish What Other Choice in November 2010 and showcase Halinen’s work at a reading to be held Monday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Olympic Room of the Tacoma Public Library’s main branch, at 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, as part of the Tacoma’s Art at Work Month. The November 15 event, which is free and open to the public, will also recognize the runners-up in the First Book Poetry Contest and announce the winner of a separate “Best Tacoma Poem” Contest.

Describing What Other Choice as “eerily elegant” and possessed of a “beautifully tuned voice,” guest contest judge Kathleen Flenniken selected Halinen’s collection from nine manuscripts forwarded by Exquisite Disarray’s editorial board. Flenniken, herself the author of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize winner Famous and president of Floating Bridge Press, said that Halinen is “a poet who makes me see beauty where I didn’t expect it, not by overlooking ugliness or despair, but by being faithful to it.”

“Since this was the first year of our contest, we were delighted to have such a strong showing of manuscript submissions,” said William Kupinse, president of Exquisite Disarray, a local nonprofit press. The contest was open to all poets residing in Washington State who had not yet published a full-length volume of poetry.

About the poet: Jeremy Halinen was raised in Tacoma, earned an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University and holds a BFA in creative writing from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. He now resides in Seattle, where he is coeditor and cofounder of Knockout Literary Magazine.

Two poems from Jeremy Halinen’s Debut Collection, What Other Choice

Afternoons above I-5

We used to drop acid
and sit on the overpass
to watch the dragon faces
the cars would make at us
as they raced
beneath our dangling legs.
Cars like it when you’re high enough
above them to notice
more than their surfaces.
It’s the story of their exhaust
they want you to care about,
not their paint jobs
or the treads
on their tires. They want you to lean down
and touch them.
I know what you’re thinking.
It’s dangerous,
what we used to do. But
the cars told us they’d catch us if we fell.
You say, So what if they did?
And you’re right.
There’s always a catch.

Copyright © 2010 Jeremy Halinen

A Brief History of Heavy Petting

It started in the cold, one boy
attempting to pay back another
a debt he thought he owed.

Intended only as a transfer
of heat, it listed soon
into the ark they’d been

waiting for. Deep in the cave
that night, far from the bark
of the moon, both knew it.

This was long before the dawn
of fiction, before their newfound
fortune could be called trespass

or transgression.
They are not alone.

Copyright © 2010 Jeremy Halinen

August 31, 2010

Mark your calendars: Professor Kupinse Reads in Gig Harbor

Professor Bill Kupinse, former Poet Laureate of Tacoma, will be giving a poetry reading Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library (4423 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, 253-851-3793) as part of the Peninsula Library Poetry Series. The reading will include older poems from his book Fallow, and some of his new work from an in-process verse reinterpretation of The Tower Treasure, the first book in the Hardy Boys series. Professor Kupinse writes: “As anyone who has read the 1927 adventure book knows, The Tower Treasure really is a poem trapped in novel form; my goal is to let it out. Yes, I have my fingers crossed that I’ll attract an eventual lawsuit from Hardy Boys publishers Grosset and Dunlap, now a subsidiary of Pearson; it’s always nice to be noticed.”

We hope to see many of you there–

August 19, 2009

Writing about Food

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Indexing Nature's Bounty

Indexing Nature's Bounty

In summer, the Northwest turns to thoughts of gardens, farmer’s markets, and the elusive search for the perfect tomato. We literary types are not immune, especially when thinking about food and agriculture leads to writing about them.

Author and farmer David Mas Matsumoto will be reading at Tacoma’s venerable King’s Books on Monday, August 24, at 7 p.m. His latest book, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, is both a look at the role of farming in helping his father recover from a stroke and the continuing tale of a generation of Japanese-Americans whose land and rights were stripped from them during the WWII internments. Matsumoto’s father was one of the few who returned, purchased new land, and resumed farming.

The event is co-sponsored by the Tahoma Food Policy Coalition, and will be followed on September 5 by a reading with blogger Jill Richardson of Daily Kos and La Vida Locavore. Richardson will be reading from her exposé of corporate food systems, Recipe for America, at 3 p.m. that day.

The Tacoma News Tribune got there first.