LiTFUSE 2020

SEPTEMBER | PRE-PROGRAM EVENTS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

5 – 6:30pm

The Machinery of Breath: Riffing on Poetic Themes

Tobias Wray & Ching-In Chen

In a collaborative reading and craft talk, Ching-In Chen and Tobias Wray will discuss how certain shared subjects (breath, spells, machines, code, water, gender, intimacy, restraint) entangle our poetics as much as they send us swinging in unpredictable directions. Audience members will help us decide which themes to touch on as we read poems on shared subjects and discuss their disparate origins or their shared impetus, that poetic invitation to understand our relationship to the world as a more binding intimacy.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

5 – 6:30pm

Sound Effects: A Conversation with...

Alexandra Teague & Brooke Matson

Poetry is akin to music, but too often, we get caught up in imagery and what we're trying to say and forget about using language to make each line sing. Join Brooke Matson and Alexandra Teague for a conversation about how they integrate sonic elements into their writing process so that the poem's lyricism is as vital as its imagery.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

3 – 4:30pm

The Poetic Apothecary: Poems for Comfort and Healing with Judith Adams

Thanks to Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau

Just as a cup of tea can settle and soothe us, the right poem at the right time can be a powerful sustaining remedy. Poet and performer Judith Adams probes poetry’s restorative powers by reciting and exploring poems that help us understand grief, fear, sadness, loss, and much more. By sharing her love of poetry, Adams encourages audiences to share poems that have deeply touched their lives and discusses how writing poetry can be a potent medicine for us all.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

5 – 6:30pm

A Poetics of Listening: A Conversation with...

Diana Khoi Nguyen & Kelly Schirmann

Join Diana Khoi Nguyen and Kelly Schirmann for a reading and discussion around the concept of listening. While poetry and lyric essay both share lineage with song-making and music, we might also consider poetry to be a study of soundlessness, or space. In this way, poetry strikes a balance between what is seen and unseen—the dead and the living, the said and the felt, what is here and what is missing. This conversation will explore what listening is or could be, and the ways we might attune, as artists and as humans, to what Tina Campt refers to as the "lower frequencies of transfiguration enacted at the level of the quotidian," and the "vibrations" present in, beyond, and behind the page.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

5 – 6:30pm

Between Vision and Terror

Chad Sweeney

Headliner and featured faculty member, Chad Sweeney, will read from new work and from his recently published book-length poem, Little Million Doors, winner of the Nightboat Books Prize, an elegy for the living as well as the dead which traces the liminal spaces between life and death, male and female, time and timelessness, being and non-being as well as the visions and terrors of an autistic mind in crisis.


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Lauren Westerfield

LiTFUSE Program Director

Lauren W. Westerfield is a writer from Northern California. Her essays and poetry have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Willow Springs, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, and Third Coast.

She received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Idaho, where she was a Centrum Fellow and a Center for Digital Inquiry & Learning (CDIL) Graduate Fellow and served as the Nonfiction Editor of Fugue. As a graduate student, she also co-founded Pop-Up Prose, an itinerant and experimental community reading series based in Moscow, Idaho.

Lauren teaches in the English department at Washington State University and serves as the creative nonfiction and co-managing editor of Blood Orange Review. She is also the nonfiction editor at Split/Lip Press and the artistic program director at LiTFUSE Poetry Workshop.

A Bay Area native and (semi) recent Los Angeles transplant, she now lives in Moscow, ID.


Laura Walker

Assistant Director

Born in the shadow of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains, Laura Walker rode out her adolescence in Las Vegas, rambled through her twenties in Utah, grew a decade in Eastern Washington, somehow survived SoCal, and is now thriving in the Colorado Rockies, where she teaches English at Front Range Community College. She is also a freelance writer, editor, web designer, marketing & communications consultant at LauraWalkerWriter.com, and a general Jill-of-many-skills.

Laura earned her MFA in 2005 from Eastern Washington University, while teaching poetry in a medium-security men’s prison. Her poems have appeared in Chautauqua, Grist, Inscape, San Pedro River Review, and elsewhere. A finalist in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, her poem, “Gladiator Days,” was highly commended by judge Thomas McCarthy, and was published in Southword Journal.