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Long, Bennett and Smiraldo to perform at Auburn's Poetry at The Station Bistro

Lucas Smiraldo  - Courtesy photo
Lucas Smiraldo
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Poetry at The Station Bistro presents the works of Priscilla Long, Eva Bennett and special guest Lucas Smiraldo, the Poet Laureate of Tacoma, on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The program is from 7-9 p.m. at the Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, No. 125, one block south of West Main Street, on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center.

Coffee and conversation follow readings. It is an open mic opportunity. The public is invited.

About the poets

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author and teacher of writing. Her work includes science, poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction. Her most recent book is "The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life".

Her work has appeared The Tampa Review, The Gettysburg Review, Post Road, Cincinnati Review, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, Web Conjunctions, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Passages North, Bosque, and elsewhere.

Her awards include a National Magazine Award, and she has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw Productions.

Her MFA is from the University of Washington. She is author of a scholarly history book, "Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry", and serves as founding and consulting editor of, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history.

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Lucas Smiraldo has directed his writing and energy to applying spoken word to social conditions, and circumstances that need attention and require a good shake and stir. His efforts have led to the creation of seminal pieces including pilot webisodes of Slam Town, a live choral drama, Voice of the Americas, fusing spoken word with an original sound score from Wrick Wolff, and the creation of a new touring show for youth, Eleven Days in the Life of Dr. King, which integrates 12 original works of spoken word with contemporary dance and music.

He is also active in the poetry slam scene and won the right to open for the Def Poetry Jam tour, which featured Sekou Tha Misfit.

He has written and produced 12 plays, and presented more than 100 commissioned works for social and cultural institutions including the Tacoma Art Museum, The International Museum of Glass, The City of Seattle, The Organization of Black Airline Pilots, the Tacoma Arts Commission, The Broadway Center for Performing Arts, The Center for Spiritual Living, Washington State History Museum, Pacific Lutheran

University, MESA, Yakima Universalist and many others.

Smiraldo is also a teaching artist and has worked in more than 30 schools, school districts and colleges teaching poetry spoken word.


LINKS: Presented by The Station Bistro:

Northwest Renaissance, and Auburn Striped Water Poets.

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