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5th annual Poetry Picnic on the green behind Moran Prairie Library

Posted on July 9, 2019 at 6:00 am

Enjoy poetry at our 5th annual Poetry Picnic from four Pacific Northwest poets: Thom Caraway, Brooke Matson, Tiffany Midge, and Emma Noyes.

All ages may attend, but please note that some poems will contain adult themes.

Bring your picnic blanket or folding chair and revel in this wonderful listening experience. We’re serving gelato from Ferrante’s Marketplace Café.

Poetry Picnic
on the green behind the library
Thursday, Jul 18, 7–8pm

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Moran Prairie Library and in partnership with Scablands Books.


Thom Caraway

For much of his adult life, Thom Caraway did not know what gelato was. Nevertheless, he has written some poems, most recently collected in the book What the Sky Lacks from Korrektiv Press. He also teaches at Whitworth University and serves as the director of Millwood Print Works, a nonprofit letterpress and screenprint shop. He has never been to Italy.

Brooke Matson

Brooke Matson is a poet, book artist, and the 2016 recipient of the Artist Trust GAP Award and a Centrum residency. Her first book of poetry, The Moons, was published by Blue Begonia Press in 2012; her second, In Accelerated Silence, was selected by Mark Doty as winner of the Jake Adam York Prize and will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2020. Her poems have most recently appeared in TAYO, Potomac Review, and Prairie Schooner and have been selected for anthologies such as Towers & Dungeons (Scablands Books, 2018) and Railtown Almanac (Sage Hill Press, 2014). She currently resides in Spokane, Washington where she is the executive director of Spark Central, a nonprofit dedicated to igniting creativity.

Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is a former columnist for Indian Country Today and taught writing and composition for Northwest Indian College. Her books include The Woman Who Married a Bear: Poems (winner of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry and a Western Heritage Award), and Outlaws, Renegades, and Saints: Diary of a Mixed-Up Half Breed (winner of the Diane Decorah Memorial Poetry Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas). Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Transmotion, The Offing, Waxwing, Moss, Okey-Panky, Lit Hub, and World Literature Today. Her collection of humor and memoir Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s is forthcoming fall, 2019, and a poetry collection Horns also forthcoming in 2019 from Spokane’s Scablands Books. Midge resides in Moscow, Idaho, where she has served as the city’s poet laureate. She aspires to be the distinguished writer in residence at Seattle’s Space Needle.

Emma Noyes

Emma Noyes of the Sinixt band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is an artist, researcher, and educator living and working in Spokane. As an illustrator and writer, Emma has continued the story telling traditions of her family by finding new ways to depict characters of chaptixʷ/coyote stories with an emphasis on coyote’s wife, mole woman, and matriarchs in her family. She has kept a daily journal full of illustrations and bits of poems for over 10 years.

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