The Poetry at the Rainbow Café welcomes Jeannine Hall Gailey and Susan Landgraf on Monday, March 2.
The program is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the banquet room at the café, 112 E. Main St., Auburn.
Coffee and conversation follow readings. It is an open mic opportunity. The public is invited.
Gailey recently served as the second poet laureate of Redmond. She is the author of “Becoming the Villainess,” “She Returns to the Floating World,” “Unexplained Fevers,” “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter,” and the winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize, Field Guide to the End of the World. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner.
The Auburn City Council appointed Landgraf as Auburn’s poet Laureate on March 19, 2018.
“Susan is one of a kind” and is always “bringing out the best in people,” said Karolyn K. Hughey, who submitted the nomination for Landgraf as Auburn’s 2018-2020 poet laureate.
Landgraf is a talented, respected and well-published poet with a positive personality and charisma.
She is a retired Highline College professor of more than 27 years, and has had her work widely published, with over 400 poems and essays in more than 150 journals, including Poet Lore, Nimrod, Rattle, The Laurel Review, Third Coast Review and the Cincinnati Poetry Review.
In 2017, she had a full-length poetry manuscript published by Tebot Bach, titled “What We Bury Changes the Ground.”
Awards for her work include: the Lois Cranston Memorial Prize; the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry; Society for Humanistic Anthropology award; and the Academy of American Poets Award. She has also participated in many residencies, including: Willapa Bay in April 2018; Centrum, Port Townsend; and the Willard R. Espy writing residency award, Oysterville.
Her poetry is insightful and beautiful, exquisitely composed yet relatable.
The Rainbow Cafe, Striped Water Poets, the NorthWest Renaissance, Auburn Arts Commission, city of Auburn, and King County 4Culture make the Poetry at the Rainbow Café program possible.