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Poems From Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken

Elizabeth Austen

Washington state Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken grew up in Richland, near the Hanford Nuclear Site. She's just published a new collection of poems, "Plume" (University of Washington Press, 2012), that brings the complicated story of Hanford to life. Today we'll hear two poems that look at Hanford's affects on the Columbia River and the people who live near it.

Kathleen's first book, "Famous" (University of Nebraska, 2006), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in poetry and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and a finalist for the Washington state Book Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust, a Pushcart Prize, and grants from Artist Trust and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. She was named to a two–year term as state Poet Laureate in March 2012.

Her reading was recorded in the KUOW Studios on March 23, 2012.

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