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Of Cascadia: A Tribute to Sam Hamill – Readers Bios

Of Cascadia: A Tribute to Sam Hamill

A Poetry Reading in Celebration of 

the 10th Anniversary of Writing for Peace

Reader Bios


Alexis Bernaut is a poet, translator, and musician, born in Paris in 1977. His poetry has been published in several reviews and anthologies in France and abroad, and translated into English, Korean, Hebrew, and Romanian. In 2016, he was invited to the Seoul International Writers Festival. He is the translator of his late friend Sam Hamill, and Trinidadien novelist Earl Lovelace, among others. His first collection of poetry, Au matin suspendu, was published in December 2012. His latest book, Un miroir au coeur du brasier, was published in May 2020, and was shortlisted for the Prix Apollinaire Découverte awarded to younger poets.

Lyn Coffin   Over 30 of Lyn Coffin’s books (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama) have been published by Doubleday, Ithaca House and others. Her novel, The Aftermath, was published in 2020 by Adelaide Books. Her collection of formal poetry, Artwork on the Backs of Gargoyles, was published in 2021 by Transcendent Zero Press. Her plays have been performed internationally, as well as in Detroit, Boston and Seattle. She is working on a children’s book (Rainbow the Elephant and Mouse Logo) and a second novel. A short fiction of hers appeared in Best American Short Stories 1979, judged by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won several awards and has had work published in over 150 magazines and literary journals, including Catholic Digest and Time. Her poems were chosen by Judith Roche for a long ago About Place issue. Her website is lyncoffin.com and her twitter handle is @lynco. 

Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new book of poems from Norton is called Floaters. Other books of poems include Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016), The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006) and Alabanza (2003). He is the editor of What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (2019). He has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays and poems, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and reissued by Northwestern. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. http://www.martinespada.net/

Jim Farmer is a Northwest Washington native who spent 37 years with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in several roles mostly as a Park Ranger.  During his assignment as Fort Worden State Park Manager in the early 1990’s Jim met Sam Hamill and discovered their mutual love of golf.  Golf became the basis of their connection for over 20 years.  Golfing nearly weekly until Sam couldn’t go anymore gave Jim a unique insight into Sam and his poetry.  Jim turned 74 years old this week and golfs 3-4 mornings weekly.

Cate Gable is a journalist, poet, author, and agent for  change. Born and raised in Cascadia, w/ homes in Paris, France; Tucson, AZ; and Nahcotta, WA, Cate has an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University; MA from the University of WA; BA from University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude). She’s a weekly columnist for the Chinook Observer and has won awards for both poetry and environmental journalism (from The Bay Guardian; the Hoffman Center for the Arts; the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, Dolly Connelly Award; and a Grantham Prize for Excellence). Her chapbook, “Chere Alice: Three Lives” (Publication Studio, Portland, OR) accompanied the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library exhibit, “A Place at the Table, A Gathering of LGBT Text, Image, and Voice.” Recent poetry was selected for Hawaii Public Radio, Aloha Shorts, and has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Bryant Literary Journal, Writers Resist, Washington 129, Lit/FUSE Twentieth, and Rain Magazine. Cate wrote the introduction for “Samthology,” a memorial anthology for Sam Hamill (Seattle Poetics Lab, 2019).

Galen Garwood was born in 1944 and spent most of his young life growing up on St. Simons Island, Georgia and in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1966, after one year of art at University of Georgia, he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he majored in Art and Music with a minor in English. He moved to Seattle, Washington in 1971 and began exhibiting his paintings at Foster-White Gallery in 1973.  He has exhibited his paintings in the United States, Europe, and Asia and his creative contributions have also been expressed in writing, poetry, multimedia and film. In 1976 he won First Place in Painting at the Pacific Northwest Annual Exhibition and in 1979 he received the Hassam, Speicher Award at the Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York. In 1995, his multimedia piece ‘Adagio’ won the Bronze Award at the International Multimedia Film Festival in Philadelphia, and in 1996 ‘Adagio’ was included in the Venice Biennale’s ‘Xenograhia, Nomadic Wall’ and again at ‘Art Affair’ in New York. His film ‘Cadmium Red Light received First Place for Narrative/Documentary at the Port Townsend International Film Festival in 2007 and his film ‘Ed and Ed’ received the First Place Award for Short Documentary for at DeReel Film Festival in Australia in 2008. Along with American poet, Sam Hamill, he published Passport, paintings and poems, published by Broken Moon Press in 1987 and Mandala, monotypes and poems, an Homage to Morris Graves, Milkweed Editions, In 2011, he published The One-Winged Body, a series of figurative photographs with poems by Peter Weltner, and the following year, again with Peter Weltner, Where Everything Is Water As Far As He Can See, Marrowstone Press. In 2014 his Maenam (Water) series of photographs were published with poems by William O’Daly, Marvin Bell, Sam Hamill, James Broughton, Peter Weltner, Linda Gregg, Emily Warn, and Jeanne Morel, as MAENAM, of Water, Of Light, Marrowstone Press. A selection from a new series of photographs, ‘The Dream Sea,’ is featured in The Road to Isla Negra, poems by William O’Daly, published by Folded Word Press in 2015. Other images from ‘The Dream Sea’ are in a published collaboration with poet, Peter Weltner, entitled Water’s Eye, Brick House Books, 2015. Since 2002, he has been living in Northern Thailand.  galengarwood.com

Chris Harris is a baker/cook, writer and Zen student living in Spokane, Washington.









Kaaren Kitchell’s writing life began in Paradise Valley, Arizona, where she won the fourth-grade autobiography contest. The promised prize: a trip to Europe. The delivered prize: a film about the same. She stopped entering contests, but years later, she moved to Paris. Her poems have since appeared in numerous literary journals, various anthologies, and in a fine art manuscript at the Getty Museum. She received an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from Antioch University, LA. She has worked as a performance artist, a tutor for blind high school students, a cook on a schooner, a bookseller in Sausalito, CA, Cambridge, MA, and NYC, and she and her late husband, Richard Beban, taught Living Mythically at the C.G. Jung Institute in L.A., at Esalen Institute, and in private workshops in the U.S. and Paris. Their blog of her essays and his photos, Paris Play, can be found at www.parisplay.com. She is Fiction Editor and Co-Poetry Editor of TheScreamOnline www.thescreamonline.com. Her first full-length book of poems, Ariadne’s Threads, will be published by Tebot Bach in fall 2021.


Gary Lemons has written 8 books of poetry. Original Grace is the fourth book in the Snake Quartet, which was published By Red Hen Press.  Gary received a BFA from the Undergraduate Poetry Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1973 where he studied with Norman Dubie, Marvin Bell, Donald Justice, John Berryman, William Stafford, and Diane Wakowski among others.  He currently lives in Port Townsend, WA. with his beautiful life partner Nöle Giulini and spends his time writing and gardening and doing yoga.


Carmel Mawle is founder of the nonprofit literary organization, Writing for Peace, and served as Editor-in-Chief of DoveTales, An International Journalof the Arts from 2013-2020. Twice nominated  for the Pushcart Prize, her short stories, essays and poetry have been published in Smokelong Quarterly, Lucid Moose Lit, KNOTS Literary Magazine and other journals and anthologies.


Juniper Moon cultivates handwork, as a writer, artist, and letterpress printer. Known to hit the road visiting colleges and school-age camps with co-conspirator Traveling Duende (her 200-pound table top letterpress), she believes in the power of art and handwork to change the world one hand-pulled print at a time. She founded Dwell Press in 2010.


William O’Daly has translated eight books of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda and most recently Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight, a finalist for the 2018 Northern California Book Award in Translation. O’Daly’s chapbooks of poems include The Whale in the Web, The Road to Isla Negra, Water Ways (a collaboration with JS Graustein), and Yarrow and Smoke. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry and in September 2021 received the American Literary Award from the bilingual Korean–American journal Miju Poetry and Poetics. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems, translations, essays, and reviews have been published in numerous journals and as part of multimedia exhibits and performances. He has received national and regional honors for literary editing and instructional design and served on the national board of Poets Against War. Currently, he is Lead Writer for the California Water Plan, the state’s strategic plan for sustainably and equitably managing water resources.  http://williamodaly.com


Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, translator,  teacher, magician, musician, and lover of life. His translation of the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and love, The Kural: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, is forthcoming from Beacon Press in December 2021. Other books include The Safety of Edges (poems), Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar (translated from the Tamil) and Body and Earth (with the artist C. F. John). He speaks and performs widely, serves as Language Consultant for the Cozy Grammar series of online video courses, and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the U. S. Fulbright Program. Pruiksma makes his home on Vashon Island, Washington, with his husband, David Mielke. thomaspruiksma.com


Ian Ramsey is a poet and educator based in Maine where he directs the Kauffmann Program for Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration. His writing has appeared in journals like Terrain.org, Off the Coast, High Desert Journal, Orion, Words & Images, and the Mountain Research Initiative. Ian, who holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop, has served as an artist-in-residence across North America and abroad, and he frequently collaborates with scientists internationally to communicate climate-change research in creative ways. He is an ultra-runner, sea kayak guide, and sponsored mountain athlete, and a founding board member of the non-profit Physiology First, which gives students leading-edge tools to manage anxiety and perform at a higher level. As a musician, he has been nominated for a Grammy and has shared the stage with Yoko Ono and Tony Trisha, among others. He is currently finishing a poetry manuscript, Hackable Animal, that will be published in 2022.


Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing; The Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has appeared in journals such as North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Nimrod, Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, New York Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, The Progressive, and others. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize, the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, and the Bellevue Literary Review’s Vilcek Prize for Poetry. Her fourth collection, Filthy Labors, chronicles her volunteer teaching experience at a transitional housing program for homeless women in her native New Jersey.  Schmidt is currently at work on a Young Adult novel.

Michael Simms has been active in politics and poetry for over 40 years as a writer, teacher, editor, and community activist. He is the founder of Autumn House Press, a nonprofit publisher of books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and the founder of Vox Populi, an online gazette for poetry, politics and nature. He’s also the author of four collections of poetry and a college textbook about poetry — and the lead editor of over 100 published books. Simms has won a number of awards and fellowships, including a Certificate of Recognition in 2011 from the Pennsylvania State Legislature for his contribution to the arts. Simms has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University. Simms is a childhood sexual abuse survivor, a person with autism who did not learn to speak until he was five years old, and a recovering alcoholic and drug addict with 35 years of sobriety. He lives with his wife Eva, a psychologist, in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. Simms’ most recent collection of poems is American Ash.

Of Cascadia: A Tribute to Sam Hamill

Sunday, September 26th from Noon to 2:00 p.m. PST

Based in Zoom. See the meeting information below.


Please join us for the tribute to Sam Hamill to hear some of Sam’s work, poems and essays written for Sam, and of course some stories. It will be a powerful reading and evening to honor this complex man and writer, who was the first advisor for Writing for Peace.

SAM HAMILL was born in 1943 and grew up on a Utah farm. He is Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and served at Editor there for thirty-two years. He taught in artist-in-residency programs in schools and prisons and worked with Domestic Violence programs. He directed the Port Townsend Writers Conference for nine years, and in 2003, founded Poets Against the War. He is the author of more than forty books, including celebrated translations from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Latin. He died at home in Anacortes, Washingotn, on April 14, 2018.

Readers include: Alexis Bernaut, Lyn Coffin, Martín Espada, Jim Farmer, Cate Gable, Galen Garwood, Chris Harris, Kaaren Kitchell, Gary Lemons, Juniper Moon, William O’Daly, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, Ian Ramsey, Lauren Marie Schmidt, and Michael Simms, among others.

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Christ Church Poetry Series: Adviser Djelloul Marbrook

Christ Church Poetry Series


· Hosted by Djelloul Marbrook

The second reading in this series, in honor of the late poet John Ashbery, features poets Gretchen Primack, Karen Schoemer and Vladimir Nahitchevansky. It is held in conjunction with the church’s highly regarded periodic book sales. A preview of the book sale and reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. The poetry reading, hosted by Djelloul Marbrook, is at 7 p.m.

Christ Church, 431 Union St, Hudson, NY 12534-2426, United States