WA State Poets Conference
from Victor Schuten

The Washington Poets Association presents its 32nd Annual Conference
at the La Quinta Inn € Tacoma, Washington, Saturday, May 3, 2003

Immerse Yourself In a River of POETRY!

Join award winning writers in an intimate setting to learn, nurture, and celebrate Washington State poets and poetry.

Poets of all levels of experience will find this conference an enriching and inspiring format to develop new and existing skills in informative and hands-on workshops, live and video performances and plenty of networking opportunities.

Learn more about editing and critiquing, the creative process, and self publishing from friendly and knowledgeable instructors, and share poetry with a wide range of fellow poets.

Exciting Sessions & Presenters

Six Strategies for Giving a Poem CPR:
Award winning poet Madeline DeFrees brings her experience, love of words and creative approach to this fascinating workshop. Let her rekindle your fire for writing. (Session A)

The Secrets of Sound:
Widely published writer and poet Susan Zwinger brings her talent for close observation to this practical workshop. The shape of a line can make or break a poem. A student of Richard Hugo, she will share some secrets of sound to make your poems sing. (Session B)

The Expanding World of Poetry:
The publishers of KOTAPRESS, Kara and Hawk Jones, will examine and share all kinds of alternatives for guerrilla publishing and artistic bookmaking. (Session A)

Naked at the Podium:
Peter Kahle and Melanie Workhoven, authors of best selling book "Naked At The Podium: the Writer¹s Guide to Successful Readings", bring their brilliant and practical tips to give your work the polished and professional presentation it deserves. (Session B)

€ Inspiring Workshops
€ Award-winning Presenters
€ Reading by Madeline DeFrees
€ Book Fair & Book Signings
€ PoetsWest Video Room
€ Lunch Buffet
€ Dinner Banquet
€ Open Mike and More!
€ William Stafford Awards
€ Bart Baxter Competition & Awards
€ Carlin Aden Awards
€ Charlie Proctor Awards

William Stafford Judge
and Featured Reader at Banquet

Madeline DeFrees
This year¹s esteemed Stafford judge, featured speaker and reader, is the widely published and award-winning poet Madeline DeFrees. DeFrees has been the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NEA grant, Washington State Book Award, and the PoetsWest Lifetime Achievement Award. DeFrees will give a reading following the dinner banquet and award presentations.

Conference Schedule
€ 10:00 A.M.: Registration; Book Fair Opens
€ 11:00 A.M.: Luncheon Buffet. WPA Membership Meeting
and Welcoming Address by WPA President, Pieter Zilinsky
€12:00­2:00 P.M.: Bart Baxter Poetry in Performance
Competition and Awards
€ 2:30-3:30 P.M.: Workshop Sessions A
€ 3:45-4:45 P.M.: Workshop Sessions B
€ All Day: PoetsWest Video Room
and networking opportunities.
€ 5:00­5:45 P.M.: Open Mike
€ 6:30 P.M.: Dinner and Awards Banquet
with featured speaker, Madeline DeFrees
€ 9:00 P.M.: Open Mike and Poetry Celebration
in the ³Poet¹s Lounge²


Open to the Public

Early Bird Registration rate is $60. Save 20% if payment is received prior to April 15, 2003. This fee covers all events as well as lunch buffet and dinner banquet.

Regular Registration for the full day is $75. This will apply to any registrations received after April 15th, including on site. This fee covers all events as well as lunch buffet and dinner banquet.

Dinner Banquet and DeFrees Reading only: $35. This fee covers the dinner banquet, awards and reading by Madeline DeFrees.

DeFrees Reading only: $12. This will entitle you to enter following dinner to hear award-winning poet Madeline DeFrees read.

City: State: Zip:

Please note your workshop preference:

Session A:
M. DeFrees or K. & H. Jones

Session B:
S. Zwinger or Kahle & Workhoven

For room reservations at the La Quinta Inn
call: (253) 383-0146
(Deadline for WPA Conference room discount April 11th)

Mail to
WPA Conference Registration
1757 NW 59th Street #301
Seattle, WA 98107

WPA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Washington Poets Association
32nd Annual Conference

Saturday, May 3, 2003

La Quinta Inn

1425 E. 27th Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
I-5 Southbound: exit 135-Portland Avenue
I-5 Northbound: exit 134-Portland Avenue

A Celebration of Poets and Poetry!

WPA 32nd Annual Conference

For More Information:
(206) 784-5442 € WPAeditor@attbi.co
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