Washington State Poet Laureate to Visit WWU

Sam Green holds reading, workshop, presentation

By: Becky St. Clair

Samuel Green is the first ever Washington State Poet Laureate, and will present readings from his latest book, in addition to conducting a writing workshop this weekend. Photo courtesy of Humanities Washington.

On Friday, February 27, Walla Walla University will welcome Sam Green, Washington State’s first poet laureate, as he talks about his most recent book, “The Grace of Necessity.”  The presentation will take place at 1 p.m. in Krestchmar Hall room 324, located at 100 SW Fourth Street.  Discussion on his book will be immediately followed by a writing workshop at 2 p.m. in the same location.

Green will also be offering a reading of his work at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 27, in Chan Shun Pavilion room 154, located at 100 SW Fourth Street.  At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, Green will lead the Sabbath Seminar in Canaday Technology Center room 105, located at 306 SW Fourth Street.

Green was named Washington's Poet Laureate in December 2007 by Governor Chris Gregoire.  Green is a distinguished poet and author of ten poetry collections, including “The Grace of Necessity,” which recently won the Washington State Book Award for Poetry.  For nearly 30 years he has served as editor of Brooding Heron Press. Sam has been visiting poet and poetry teacher at Seattle University for several years and is active with the Skagit River Poetry Festival.

His book “The Grace of Necessity” is available for sale at the Walla Walla University Shop, located at 295 South College Avenue.  These events featuring Sam Green are free and open to the public.  For more information email dan.lamberton@wallawalla.edu or call 509-527-2123.

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