Check out Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna's project "Washington Poetic Routes" featuring an interactive map with poetry written about places across Washington.
Olympia's Poet Laureate
On November 27, 2018 City Council named Sady Sparks as Olympia's second Poet Laureate. The mission of the Poet Laureate is to promote poetry as an art form, expand access to the literary arts, connect the community to poetry, and promote poetry as a community voice that contributes to a sense of place.
“I am passionate about creating vibrant and enthusiastic spaces where people see, create, share and play with poetry.” - Sady Sparks
Interviews with Olympia Poet Laureate Sady Sparks
Poetry Open House
What’s the most poetic way to live in 2020? Explore this question with Olympia poet laureate Sady Sparks during Poetry Open House. Expect word games, poetry stations, warm beverages, and the Puget Sound. This is a casual, drop-in event. All ages encouraged to come play!
- Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Harbor House at Percival Landing, 405 Columbia St NW
Local Poetry Groups
Eating out of Season
Dusty blueberries in January have a sour burn, have traveled around 6,445.25 miles, and make you slightly nostalgic.
You remember pulling down clumps into your hand like grapes last September as Rachel told you about their silent brother.
You remember walking to your neighbor's two bushes most mornings to collect toppings for your oatmeal.
You remember the mothers that fill small glass containers for toddlers who like to suck on the white insides.
You remember they had softer skin in the wild, had more juice, and the sweetness was forever.
You consider the truck journeying up from Chile, skin hardening through time zones, orchard home blurred to memory.
You wonder if they are shipped as green and red babies, and how exactly they ripen. Is there sunshine in the truck?
How many Chileans are snacking on blueberries tonight?
You bet they are sweeter, you bet the laughter falls into hands like clumps.
Contact Sady Sparks at email@example.com.
For information about the Poet Laureate program, contact Stephanie Johnson at 360.709.2678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Poets Laureate
2017/18 Amy Solomon Minarchi
During her tenure, Olympia's first Poet Laureate Amy Solomon-Minarchi engaged the public and the poetry community through such projects as:
- The Writing in the Rain Project and poetry readings and performances during Arts Walk
- Poetry Rides Bus and Bus Stop Poetry, in association with InterCity Transit
- Isthmus Park Poetry stamped in the concrete of one of our newest parks
- Community Poetry Anthology Project: I Hear Olympia Singing
In addition, Ms. Solomon-Minarchi conducted poetry workshops with incarcerated youth, during Arts Walk, in schools, and in partnership with Olympia Timberland Library. She has recited poetry at City Council meetings, and at poetry slams and events throughout Olympia.