|2005 (I think) Kathleen Flenniken (who now has longer hair) with poet Sharon Bryan|
Kathleen Flenniken is our NEW Poet Laureate in Washington State!! This is only our second poet laureate, our first was Sam Green from Brooding Heron Press (if you remember that Ted Kooser letterpress book I mentioned, that's his press.)
I was excited the chosen poet was a friend of mine and also a woman (how's that for selfish interests?!) But it's true, I was (maybe that should be on confession Tuesday...)
Kathleen was a classmate of mine in our MFA program: Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Luther University. I met her in 2003 when the press she volunteered at, Floating Bridge Press, published my first chapbook, Geography.
Kathleen's next book, PLUME is out next month, so the timing on this is perfect for her. Her first book was called FAMOUS and a wonderfully enjoyable read.