Poetry Reading with Wendy Willis and Nancy Flynn

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.

Wendy Willis 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. 
Nancy Flynn 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.

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