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Susan Rich and John Sibley Williams

Fri, May 20 from 7:00 pm PDT
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205


Join us for a reading and conversation with Susan Rich and John Sibley Williams, to celebrate the launch of Susan Rich’s new book.

A Gallery of Postcards and Maps: New and Selected Poems collects the essential and award-winning poems from Susan Rich’s four books of poetry along with a generous selection of unpublished work. Rich’s poetry spans the last twenty years through a life engaged with human rights, compassion, and questions of travel. As a teacher, wanderer, and former journalist, Rich’s lyric poems work to amplify the beauty we overlook, the nature of home, and the liminal spaces between the personal and global.

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Susan Rich

Susan Rich is the author of five poetry collections including Gallery of Postcards and Maps: New and Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry), Cloud PharmacyThe Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award. She edited, along with Brian Turner and Catherine Barnett, The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders (McSweeneys).

Rich has received awards and fellowships from Fulbright Foundation, PEN USA, The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers, Artist Trust, CityArtists, and 4Culture.

She has worked as a staff person for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a human rights trainer in Gaza and the West Bank. Rich lived in the Republic of Niger, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, later moving to South Africa to teach at the University of Cape Town on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Rich’s international awards include: the Times (London) Literary Supplement Award, a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland and a residency at Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. Other poetry honors include an Artist Trust Fellowship, 4 Culture Awards, a Seattle CityArtist Project Award, GAP Awards, and participation in the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland.

Her poems have been published in the Academy of American Poets: Poem-a-Day, Alaska Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Christian Science Monitor, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Image Journal, New England Review, O Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, and World Literature Today.

Rich’s anthologized poems and essays are included in The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy; Best Essays of the Northwest, Poets of the American West, Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID, Take a Stand: Art Against Hate and 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium. Her work has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net Awards.

Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and the University of Oregon, Susan Rich lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline College where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work. She is co-founder and director of Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women.

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John Sibley Williams

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another(Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, and Laux/Millar Prize. He edits The Inflectionist Review and works as a poetry editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and literary agent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier University and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University. Visit him at https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com.
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