A Reading with Mischa Willett & Lauren Camp
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Reading with Mischa Willett & Lauren Camp

Richard Hugo House and Seattle Pacific University School of Theology present:

Mischa Willett, poet and host of the podcast Poems for the People, and New Mexico-based poet Lauren Camp will read from their recent collections—both of which explore family and migration—followed by an onstage Q&A.

In her Dorset Prize-winning new collection, One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press), Lauren Camp explores the lives of a first-generation Arab-American girl and her Jewish-Iraqi parent. Camp tells overlapping stories of food and ritual, immigration and adaptation, evoking her father’s boyhood in Baghdad in the 1940s at a time when tensions began to emerge along ethnic and religious lines. She also draws upon memories of Sabbath dinners in her grandparents’ new home in America to reveal how family culture persists.

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The Gates Reading
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Gates Reading

Mischa Willett, author of *Phases* (Cascade Books, 2017, Wipf and Stock Publishers) gives this year's Gates Reading, an annual series co-sponsored by the English Department at Seattle Pacific University and Image Journal, named in honor of longtime educator Fan Mayhall Gates.

SPU faculty and students established the Fan Gates reading series in 1999 to honor this well-loved professor and colleague after her retirement from the English dept. after 36 years. Funded by the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading Series Endowment, the annual event spotlights prominent writers on the campus of Seattle Pacific.

The poems in *Phases* have been described by the poet Scott Cairns (Paraclete Press) as employing "a surprising linguistic brilliance to compose oratoria that brighten the hearts of readers," and by the poet Kevin J Craft (University of Washington Press) as "rub[bing] shoulders with classical figures and Biblical traditions, stoics and shepherds and sleep-deprived poets, the better to place the old stories in a contemporary light."

Copies of *Phases* can be ordered from Amazon.com or from Wipf and Stock Publishers.

The event is free and open to the public.

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