March brings us two fine women poets who are also good friends. Join us for Wendy Willis and Nancy Flynn for a crazy good poems, prompts, cookies, door prizes and of course, open mic. at In Other Words, 7 - 9 p.m., Tuesday March, 19.
splits her time between her roles as mother, poet, and advocate for
democracy. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was
released by Press 53 last fall. She is the Executive Director of the
Policy Consensus Initiative, a national non-profit organization devoted
to improving democratic governance. In addition to publishing poetry and
essays in a variety of national and regional journals and serving as an
associate fellow in poetry at the Attic Institute, Willis has served as
a federal public defender and as the law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace
P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court. She graduated magna cum
laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a B.A. from Willamette
University. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, his son and
her two young daughters.
hails from the anthracite country of northeastern Pennsylvania where
somehow, at an early age, she fell in love with words instead of into a
sinkhole or the then-polluted Susquehanna River. She attended Oberlin
College, has a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. in English and
Creative Writing from SUNY/Binghamton. Her writing’s received the James
Jones First Novel Fellowship and an Oregon Literary Fellowship; her
second chapbook, Eternity a Coal’sThrow, was published by Burning River last fall. Recent poems have appeared in Blood Orange Review,PANK, and qarrtsiluni among
others. A former university administrator and editor, she lives in
Northeast Portland with her husband and their two spoiled, blue-eyed
cats. More about her writing and publications is at www.nancyflynn.com.