Manuscripts due April 26 for poetry workshop in Port Angeles

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PORT ANGELES — Poetry manuscripts must be submitted by Friday, April 26, for a writing workshop to be taught by Peninsula College’s 13th writer-in-residence, Jane Mead.

Ten participants will be chosen for the workshop, which is set from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16, said Peninsula College English Professor Janet Lucas.

The workshop, which will be on the college campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., is open to community members as well as Peninsula College students, staff and faculty.

To be considered for the workshop, it is necessary to submit a short manuscript of poetry (limit of five pages).

Manuscripts may be submitted by mail or online to Lucas at

Notified by May 8

Those who are selected for the workshop will be notified by May 8.

Mead is the author of Money Money Money/Water Water Water, forthcoming from Alice James Books, as well as three previous books of poetry, and has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines.

A recipient of grants and awards from the Whiting, Lannan and Guggenheim foundations, she serves on the faculty of the Drew University Low Residency MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.

Mead spent some of her childhood in Cambridge, Mass., where her father was a Harvard professor of ichthyology.

She then lived in New Mexico, London and Cambridge, England, and later graduated from Vassar College, Syracuse University and the University of Iowa.

In an interview for her award-winning book, The Lord and the General Din of the World, she was asked about ways her poetry breaks from the mold of more typical work of the recovery genre.

She said: “The minute one feels found, one’s lost again. […] Many of my poems are written out of the dynamics of this process, so it’s not surprising that they don’t seem headed toward some absolute.”

Mead now lives in Northern California managing her family’s ranch, where she raises hunting dogs, teaches poetry and calls herself “pretty sociable for a recluse.”

The writer-in-residence program is sponsored by the Peninsula College Foundation.

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