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Stratman wins local Poetry Out Loud competition

Stratman wins local Poetry Out Loud competition

Liberty Bell High School junior Mia Stratman won the Methow Valley School District’s fifth annual Poetry Out Loud competition at The Merc Playhouse last week, qualifying to compete in the …
Participatory poetry

Participatory poetry

People may envision poetry as staid, formal or exclusive. But Washington’s poet laureate, Tod Marshall, will disabuse anyone of that image — Marshall will excite readers and writers about the power of poetry to fuel the imagination through links with rock concerts, fishing and …
State’s poet laureate to offer workshop, reading in Twisp

State’s poet laureate to offer workshop, reading in Twisp

Washington state poet laureate Tod Marshall will be in Twisp in mid-September for a poetry workshop and reading. The reading will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 at The Merc Playhouse. Admission is by donation. The workshop will be on Sept. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m., also at The Merc. Participation is by donation; students...

Thirty Mile

By Patrick Johnson Hot, stifling Sound deafening So dark Smoke intense Confusion, panic Running, scared Deploying shelter No time to wait Why are they going up there? Shouting, they do not hear Drawing shelter over Laying on the ground Can’t breathe Will we all die? The screaming But life continues in the Okanogan   Patrick...


Here we are again. Embers falling People falling Looking for the bright spot Of resilience Rain falling, snow flakes falling Be aware. It’s all here What is important Pull deep from inside Thankfulness.   This poem was submitted by a Twisp resident who wishes to remain anonymous.
State’s poet laureate coming to Twisp

State’s poet laureate coming to Twisp

Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen is coming to the Twisp library at 7 p.m. on April 16 to present an evening of poetry in honor of National Poetry Month. Austen will be reading from her new chapbook manuscript and her book, Every Dress a Decision — a Washington State Book Award finalist — as well as selected poems...
Learn ekphrastic poetry from a pro

Learn ekphrastic poetry from a pro

By Laurelle Walsh
Seattle slam poet and teaching artist Daemond Arrindell returns to the Methow Valley for a two-day workshop in ekphrastic poetry on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 8 – 9) at Confluence Gallery and Art Center. The workshop is appropriate for writers high school-aged and older, and qualifies for professional …

Fury of fire

By Ryan Brennan, July 2014

I gaze at the destruction and ruin of the landscape

I can feel the hot breath of smoke beneath my skin

Haunted shapes flutter on the edge of the horizon

Begging us to join their dance of hell


By Sam Owen

between Cougar Flats and Rising Eagle

looking south and east and back to south

weather vane’s tedious turning predicts

which way I’ll drive outta here, cat

squawling in the back of the car

Fire Summer

By Julie Tate-Libby

It was the summer of fire
not one, but many
so many
you thought the whole valley would burn
gone up together like some of sort of
end-of-the-world rapture.