poetry http://www.kplu.org en Meet Mercer Island's Own National Student Poet http://www.kplu.org/post/meet-mercer-islands-own-national-student-poet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meet Nathan Cummings, a senior at Mercer Island High School and one of five chosen National Student Poets.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;It&#39;s like a crazy fever dream,&quot; said Cummings of having been awarded the highest recognition of its kind for young literary minds.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The awards are part of the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.artandwriting.org/student-showcase/award-winning-works/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Scholastic Art and Writing Awards</a>. They&#39;re&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">administered by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the President&#39;s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Cummings</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;flew to Washington, D.C. last month for the ceremony where he met Joyce Carol Oates and Michelle Obama.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 10290 at http://www.kplu.org Meet Mercer Island's Own National Student Poet Washington's poet laureate reflects on growing up near Hanford in new book http://www.kplu.org/post/washingtons-poet-laureate-reflects-growing-near-hanford-new-book RICHLAND, Wash. – There is a lot written about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in scientific journals, news articles and government reports. Now there is a book of poetry. The State of Washington’s poet laureate recently released a book of remembrances about her hometown of Richland. It’s called “Plume.”<p>We’re on the shore of the Columbia River at a Richland park. A flotilla of students, in bright kayaks, paddle against the current.<p>Poet Kathleen Flenniken remembers playing in this park as a child. She also remembers when Hanford scientists would survey fishermen about their catch. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:09:33 +0000 Anna King 5368 at http://www.kplu.org Washington's poet laureate reflects on growing up near Hanford in new book Kathleen Flenniken named Washington's Poet Laureate http://www.kplu.org/post/kathleen-flenniken-named-washingtons-poet-laureate <p>Kathleen Flenniken has been named Washington State&rsquo;s Poet Laureate. (Click the listen button to hear her read a poem from her most recent collection).</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;This is a dream job &mdash; speaking in support of the arts and humanities, and of poetry in particular, getting the chance to organize poetry events around the state, visit schools, reach kids and teachers and remote communities,&rdquo; said Flenniken.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:39:41 +0000 Evan Hoover 4145 at http://www.kplu.org Kathleen Flenniken named Washington's Poet Laureate Poet in Seattle's Tent City http://www.kplu.org/post/poet-seattles-tent-city <p>Is there poetry in homelessness? Poet A.K. Mimi Allin is exploring that question while she lives with Seattle's Ten City homeless encampment this winter.</p><p>Allin is in the last few weeks of&nbsp; her three-month experiment.&nbsp; In December, she joined about 80 people&nbsp; who make up Tent City's&nbsp; current digs in the parking lot of Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in northeast Seattle.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 17:02:30 +0000 KPLU News Staff 728 at http://www.kplu.org Poet in Seattle's Tent City