Womxn Faculty Poetry Night, Oct. 9, 7-9pm, Purce 1

Please announce to your programs and join us for this event celebrating some of our faculty poets! 

Not a Luxury: Raucous Poetry by Womxn Faculty
Dawn Pichon Barron, Tara Hardy, Catalina Ocampo, Suzanne Simons, Sandy Yannone

For women, then, poetry is not a luxury.  It is a vital necessity of our existence.  It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change. . .
–Audre Lorde, 1977

Wed. October 9, 7-9 pm
Purce Hall 1
Free and open to the public  

Please join us to celebrate recent publications and writings by our new and long-time womxn faculty, representing a range of raucous perspectives on gender, queer, Indigenous, Latinx, disability justice, and other issues central to our dreams, survival, and visions of change.  Followed by book signing

Dawn Pichon Barron is a mixed-blood writer and educator whose poetry appears in many reviews and anthologies, and in her debut collection Escape Girl Blues.  Dawn is Director/Faculty of the Native Pathways Program at Evergreen where she lives at the southern tip of the Salish Sea. She is currently teaching Creative Writing:  Short Fiction and Poetry. 

Tara Hardy is a working class, Queer, Femme, chronically ill writer, and founder of Bent, a writing institute for LGBTQ people in Seattle. Her most recent book of poems, My, My, My, My, My, won a 2017 Washington State Book Award, and explores the links between childhood trauma and chronic illness. A new Evergreen faculty, Tara is teaching Reading and Writing LGBTQ Narratives of Resistance and Resilience.

Catalina Ocampo was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, and came to the United States at age 18. She writes in both English and Spanish, and is currently completing her MFA in poetry writing through the Queens University of Charlotte Latin America program. Catalina teaches Latin American literature and culture and Spanish language, and will be teaching Stories and Histories:  El Cuento Latinoamericano this spring.

Suzanne Simons is a journalist-turned-poet whose work has appeared at the Josephy Cultural Center in Oregon, in stone at Olympia’s downtown skate park, and in Passager, Western Friend, and Aethlon: The Journal of Sports and Literature. She also helped establish the city of Olympia’s poet laureate position. Suzanne is teaching Broke: Poverty in the U.S. Today this fall.

Sandy Yannone grew up near the edge of the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island Sound, where she developed a fascination with the Titanic disaster of 1912.  Her debut collection Boats for Women (Salmon Poetry 2019) navigates the cartographies of silence, disaster, desire and hope.  Sandy is Director of Evergreen’s Writing Center, which provides support for students at any phase and in any genre of writing.


Sponsored by The Vice President of Inclusive Excellence & Student Success, The Academic Deans, The Writing Center, and the following Evergreen programs:   Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry, Reading and Writing LGBTQ Narratives of Resistance and Resilience, and Broke: Poverty in the US Today.



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