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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 This Week's Paper
TONIGHT! Community party and reading to kick-off national poetry month

In honor of National Poetry Month, former Poet Laureate of Tacoma Tammy Robacker and local writer/columnist Maria Gudaitis are throwing a party and special poetry reading in downtown Tacoma. The public is invited to celebrate with local poets on Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m., at Anthem Coffee & Tea (1911 Pacific Ave.).
The two poets sponsored last year’s much-talked-about, unique history + poetry event in partnership with the Washington State History Museum. This year, Robacker and Gudaitis spent two months soliciting poetry and guest editing an unofficial “official” 2013 Tacoma National Poetry Month magazine. South Sound poets – professors, senior citizens, students, musicians and people from all walks of life – submitted over 200 poems to be chosen for inclusion.
“Our inbox was flooded with emails from all over the region. As each judge read the poems submitted by 80 poets, we were both struck and moved most by work that spoke to us about naming the rich and unique experience of living in the South Sound. Collectively in this edition of the magazine, readers will see the important and distinctive themes of nature, weather, history, locale, loss, love, grief and perseverance that rise to the surface for Washington writers,” said Robacker
The all-poetry, April issue of local literary magazine “WRIST” features work from over 40 local poets. After the kick-off event, it will be distributed throughout the city and online.
“Tacoma is a city of great generosity and cooperation,” said Gudaitis. “The business community, arts groups and local poets embody a spirit of collaboration. Launching poetry month with a kick-off party is just another example of how our city thrives on creativity. We need poetry – and events like this – to lift our spirits, shape our city. Literature, writing, poetry are vital. They cause us to reflect, dig deeper and find meaning in life. We’re one of the most active National Poetry Month cities in the region!”
Poets published in the local anthology magazine may pick up their complimentary copy at the kick-off party at Anthem Coffee and Tea. Guests can also win poetry raffle prizes and meet with other local poets. The FREE 2013 Tacoma Poetry Month calendar of events will also be handed out to guests. More information about this National Poetry Month kick-off extravaganza is available at