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All Levels. Poets have addressed issues of disease and traumatic injury for ages. Using poetry by Lucia Perillo, Tom Andrews, and others, we will study and value ways in which disability has been and can be translated into fine poetry. Participants need not be disabled, though disabled students are encouraged to attend. Prompts will be offered based on the work studied. Sharing personal details and/or writing will not be required.
J.W. Marshall founded and ran Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in Seattle, from 1995 until 2016. His poetry has appeared most recently in the webzine A Dozen Nothing and in Poetry Northwest and Hubbub. Seattle Review of Books published his appreciation of the poet Lucia Perillo. His collection, Meaning a Cloud, won the Field Poetry Prize and his chapbook, Blue Mouth, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Seattle University. He is the publisher of letterset broadsides for Function Press and letterset chapbooks for Cash Machine.