2015 Speaker Series

April 21, 2015  |  7PM - 8:30PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library  |  Free event!

The Art of Ekphrastic Poetry: An Evening of Writing Poems About Art

Speaker Series with Kelli Russell Agodon

What does this hard to pronounce word mean? Ekphrasis is a "literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art." Join Kelli Russell Agodon, award-winning poet, author, and editor, to learn what ekphrastic poetry is and how to write it. Kelli will take us a step beyond conversation and into some poetry writing exercises. Please join us for this supportive poetry session to learn more and write poems of your own! All levels of writers and poets welcome.

Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent collection is Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014) and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she coauthored with Martha Silano. Her second collection, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was the Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year in Poetry as well as a Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize. Kelli is the Co-Founder of Two Sylvias Press and is Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Retreat for Women Poets. She lives in Kingston where she is an avid paddle boarder, mountain biker, and hiker. She has a fondness for writing letters, desserts, and fedoras.


April 22, 2015  |  7PM - 8:30PM  |  Poulsbo Public Library, Community Room  |  Free event!

Shakespeare and the Authorship Issue

with Tom Challinor

There have long been doubts about the true identity of the writer who penned the masterpieces of the Elizabethan stage. This presentations—reasonably objective and only slightly biased—will cover the problems associated with the attribution to the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon man and look at some of the alternative candidates.

Tom Challinor is the Director of The Shakespeare Society at Bainbridge Performing Arts. And educator, actor, and stage director, he has over twenty years of teaching experience in English, history, and drama. The BPA Shakespeare Society offers weekly classes on play reading and text appreciation, and produces an outdoor play in July at Bloedel Reserve as well as a Teen Shakes play in March.

May 19, 2015  |  7PM - 8:30PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library  |  Free event!

From Your Head to the Page: Ways to Make it Happen

with George Shannon

Whether it’s an event in your family tree, a plot twist that popped into your head while waiting for the ferry, two notes of a poem that keep playing in your mind, or years of journaling, getting that idea onto paper can seem as far away as the moon. NASA made it to the moon and you can make it onto paper! We’ll explore a variety of exercises and "shake-it up” perspectives that can help you get that idea in print.

Speaker George Shannon’s desire to write took root in the 7th grade. Fourteen years later he signed his first book contract in 1978. Naturally, there were years of learning, side steps and rejections. But it happened. Since then he has had over 40 books published. Conferences, workshops, and author visits have taken him from the Arctic Circle to Jakarta, and Kuwait to Japan. His most recent book, Hands Say Love, received "Honorable Mention - Books About Family” in The Huffingtonpost’s Best Picture Books of 2014.

June 16, 2015  |  7PM - 8:30PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library  |  Free event!

Resources for Writers - A Librarian's Perspective

with Martha Bayley

In this wired world it may seem that all knowledge is available through a simple internet query. Yet your local library still holds print and electronic resources that can help writers to research, create and market their works. Martha will share her knowledge of little known databases and reference works that are perfect for writers. Martha will also talk about the craft of writing from a reader’s and reviewer’s perspective, including the elements of appeal that  keep someone reading after they have started the first page.

Martha Bayley has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, and is co-author with Nancy Pearl of Now Read This, A Guide to Mainstream Fiction (1999). She is the former Collection Manager for Kitsap Regional Library and has taught classes on understanding the appeal of literary fiction and various genres - from science fiction to horror, romance, mysteries and westerns. Martha continues to represent the library system in retirement, and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the world of literature.