Join Abby E. Murray, Tacoma’s Poet Laureate for a writing workshop. Presented by Tacoma Public Library and Write253. Open to ages 15 to adult. Registration required.
A zoom link will be sent one hour prior to the event. If you are registered please arrive promptly. At 10 minutes past the start time, we will allow people on the waitlist in (if we have room).
Workshop Focus: Writing Inside the Bubble
2020 has forced many of us into a new isolation we can survive by writing. Come listen to poems that explore the solitary mind, and stock up on encouragement to keep creating. This workshop includes prompts to get you writing through the distance of a community in the middle of a pandemic.
Abby E. Murray is the 2019-2021 poet laureate for the city of Tacoma, Washington. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Abby has moved around the country and taught writing in Colorado, Georgia, Alaska, New York and Washington. Her first book, Hail and Farewell, won the 2019 Perugia Press Poetry Prize and was released in September 2019. Previous chapbooks include How to Be Married after Iraq (Finishing Line Press, 2018), Quick Draw: Poems from a Soldier’s Wife (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and Me and Coyote (Lost Horse Books, 2010).
Since 2016, Abby’s been the editor of Collateral, a literary journal publishing work concerned with the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. The journal is published twice a year but also runs workshops in Pierce County (Washington) year round for those interested in writing in the wake of war, including veterans, trauma survivors, active duty service members, military families, refugees, and civilians.