March 6, 2013
Washington’s Poet Laureate Kathleen
Flenniken joined the English
department faculty for the winter quarter 2013. Flenniken, who is teaching
lyric poetry, was appointed Washington’s Poet Laureate by Governor Christine
Gregoire. As Poet Laureate, Flenniken is building awareness and appreciation of
poetry by visiting all 39 Washington counties, working with teachers and
students, and holding public readings, workshops, and presentations throughout
Flenniken's course emphasizes writing in forms, including
traditional sonnets, villanelles, pantoums and sestinas, along with a few more
contemporary forms like the cross-genre Pecha Kucha.
“Pecha Kucha is a
new form that combines PowerPoint visuals with poetry,” Flenniken said. “It’s 20
short linked poems, or one poem in 20 parts. The constraint is time rather than
line length--the presentation must be completed in 6:40, and each slide is 20
Flenniken will help host a Pecha Kucha evening at Richard Hugo House
in Seattle at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. The event features local poets and
Flenniken received her MFA in creative writing from Pacific
Lutheran University. She is president of Floating
Bridge Press, a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing Washington
poets. Her first book, Famous (University of Nebraska Press, 2006),
won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her second collection, Plume
(University of Washington Press, 2012), was a finalist for the Pacific
Northwest Book Award.
Photo by Rosanne Olson.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the
largest college in Seattle University, offerse 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees.
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