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The Gates Reading

  • SPU Art Gallery 3 West Bertona Street Seattle, WA, 98119 United States (map)

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 or from Wipf and Stock Publishers.

The event is free and open to the public.