The 10th Annual LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop
Featuring Ilya Kaminsky
September 23-25, 2016
LiTFUSE 2016 Faculty
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), which won the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year 2004 by ForeWord magazine. In 2008, Kaminsky was awarded Lannan Foundation's Literary Fellowship. Poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. His anthology of 20th century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, was published by Harper Collins in March 2010. His poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize. Kaminsky currently teaches English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.
Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including Cloud Pharmacy, The 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 for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. Susan was the first LiTFUSE featured artist, back in 2007! She is co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders. She has received awards and fellowships from Artist Trust, CityArtists, 4Culture, the Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers and the Fulbright Foundation. Her poems have appeared in many fine journals, including the Harvard Review, New England Review, Antioch Review, Northwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly, and anthologized widely, in Best Essays of the Northwest, Poets of the American West, Poem Home: An Anthology of Ars Poetica, I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poets in Defense of Human Rights, Poem Revised: 54 Poems, and The Working Poet: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises. She has worked as a staff person for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia Herzegovina, a human rights trainer in Gaza and the West Bank, a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Niger, and a teacher at the University of Cape Town on a Fulbright Fellowship. She is an alumna of Hedgebrook, the Helen Whiteley Center and the Ucross Foundation, and serves on the boards of Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge Press and Whit Press. Rich lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline Community College where she runs the reading series, Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work.
James Bertolino’s poetry has received recognition through a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards, and the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets. He has had 12 volumes of poetry published, as well as numerous chapbooks. Recent volumes include Every Wound Has A Rhythm, 2012, published by World Enough Writers, and Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, 2014, from Moon Path Press. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and his MFA from Cornell University. Since 1968, he has had his poetry reprinted in 57 anthologies. He taught creative writing for 36 years at Cornell University, University of Cincinnati, Western Washington University and, in 2006, retired from a position as Writer-in-Residence at Willamette University in Oregon. He and his wife, poet and artist Anita Boyle, live on five acres near Bellingham, Washington.
Laura Read started her two-year term as Spokane’s Poet Laureate in October. She has published poems in a variety of journals, most recently in Alaska Quarterly Review and New Madrid. She has served as faculty at the Port Townsend Writers Workshop and in 2013 received an Artist Trust GAP Grant. Her collection, Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, was the 2011 winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was published in 2012 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her chapbook, The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You, was the 2010 winner of the Floating Bridge Chapbook Award. Read teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Spokane Falls Community College, where she also helps organize the Beacon Hill Reading Series.
Anita Boyle is an artist, poet, and graphic designer – a combination that supports her interest in publishing Washington State poets through her imprint Egress Studio Press. Her poetry has appeared in several literary magazines, including Crab Creek Review, Indiana Review, The Raven Chronicles, StringTown, Clover and Cranky, among others. Her books include What the Alder Told Me, published by MoonPath Press in 2011, and The Drenched: A Creation Myth for the Pacific Northwest, Egress Studio Press, 2014. Boyle has also written poetry collaboratively with James Bertolino, published as chapbooks in Tavern Writings, Pub Proceedings, Bar Exams, and Lit-Wads (Egress Studio Press). Their collaborative work is included in the anthology, Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative Poetry in America (Soft Skull Press, 2007), and several literary magazines. Boyle originated the Whatcom Poetry Series: The Poet As Art, which ran from 2003 through 2013—showcasing over 100 Pacific Northwest poets in an environment of art, and receiving a Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award. As an artist, Boyle is known for her representational work, as well as abstract assemblages, and stylized illustrations. The assemblages make use of several art and design techniques, and materials that combine the natural world with the technical, including paper-making, painting, drawing, collage, and encaustic. She is also creating handmade art-books that include bark, pollen, algae and other elements from Northwest Washington. Anita is a cum laude graduate of Western Washington University, with majors in English and Art.
Joseph Powell grew up on a small farm in Ellensburg. He received his BA in English Literature from UW, an MA from Central Washington University, and a MFA from the University of Arizona. His first book of poems, Counting the Change, was selected by Ted Weiss to be published in the Quarterly Review of Literature; his second, Winter Insomnia, was published by Lex Runciman's Arrowood Books; his third, Getting Here, was also chosen by Weiss for the Quarterly Review of Literature. He has also co-written a book with Mark Halperin on meter in poetry: Accent On Meter: A Handbook for the Readers of Poetry, published by NCTE. He published a book of stories in 2007 called Fish Grooming & Other Stories from March Street Press, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. His fourth book of poems, Hard Earth, was published in 2010, and poems in this book received a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 2009. His fifth book of poetry, Preamble to the Afterlife, came out in 2013, also from March Street Press. Joseph taught poetry and literature at Central Washington University for thirty-one years, and retired in 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys fly-fishing, gardening, gathering mushrooms and berries, playing ping-pong and tennis.
Christopher Howell’s tenth collection of poetry, Gaze, was released in 2012 by Milkweed Editions and a new volume is forthcoming from Milkweed in 2017. Recent work may also be found in Field, Pleiades, Image, and the Gettysburg Review. His New and Selected volume, Dreamless and Possible, was chosen by Linda Bierds for the University of Washington Press’ Northwest Poets Series; and his Light’s Ladder, from the same series, won the Washington State Book Award in 2005. His poems, essays, and translations have also appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Field, Gettysburg Review, Harper’s, Hudson Review, Iowa Review, Northwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Southern Review and Volt. He has been recipient of three Pushcart Prizes and two National Endowment fellowships, as well as a number of other awards. Christopher teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University, and in the low residency program at Eastern Oregon University, and is also director and principal editor for Lynx House Press.
Roberto Ascalon teaches poetry and spoken word across Seattle. His poem “The Fire This Time, or, How Come Some Brown Boys Get Blazed Right Before Class and Other Questions Without Marks" earned him the 2013 Rattle Poetry prize and a Pushcart nomination. Roberto spends his time between Bellingham where he studies creative writing at Western Washington University and West Seattle where he lives in an old school house with a beautiful girl, a blackboard, and a cat.
Lorraine Healy is an award-winning Argentinean poet who has been published extensively. Nominated for a Pushcart in 2004, she has a MFA from the New England College and a post-MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is the first poet to have received a green card solely on the merits of her work. A winner of the Patricia Libby First Book Award, her book The Habit of Buenos Aires was published by Tebot Bach in 2010. Abraham's Voices, her newest chapbook, was published in 2014 by World Enough Writers. Her new collection, a book of Nerudean odes entitled Mostly Luck, is looking for a home. A fine-arts photographer as well, she has recently published a book of images from a trip to Morocco as well as an eBook on how to achieve the best results with a Holga camera, Tricks With A Plastic Wonder. As a photographer, she is a frequent contributor of articles to online photography magazines.
Kevin Goodan was born in Montana and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation where his stepfather and brothers are tribal members. Goodan earned his BA from the University of Montana and worked as a firefighter for ten years with the U.S. Forest Service before receiving his MFA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004. Goodan’s first collection of poetry, In the Ghost-House Acquainted (2004), won the L.L. Winship/ PEN New England Award in 2005. His other books include Winter Tenor (2009), Upper Level Disturbances (2012), Forward Observer: Prophesies (2014), and Let The Voices (2015). Goodan has taught at the University of Connecticut and has served as Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University. He is currently Associate Professor at Lewis-Clark State College and he also teaches poetry for the PLU Low-Residency MFA program.
Performing artist Christian Swenson was born and raised in NH. He has an extensive background in dance, mime, voice and improvisation, and is known for his pioneering work in a form he calls "Human Jazz," a global fusion of dance/drama/music for body and voice. In 1977 he received a B.A. in Theater from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Seattle to work with the Bill Evans Dance Company. His work as a solo performer and teacher has taken him to many schools and communities throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Christian has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission and Artist Trust of Washington, and is on the theater faculty at Seattle University. He and his wife, Abigail, have two grown children.