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Poet Christopher Howell's 'Report From The Empty Room'

Elizabeth Austen

If you've lost someone you love, you may have found yourself at some point talking as if they were still there, still able to hear you. Poet Christopher Howell knows that feeling well. In "Report From The Empty Room," Howell addresses his daughter Emma, who died unexpectedly at just 20 years old in 2001. The poem is part of his newest poetry collection, "Gaze," published by Milkweed Editions earlier this year.

Howell is the author of nine previous collections of poetry, including "Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected" (University of Washington Press, 2010). He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission and Artists Trust. He is on the faculty of Eastern Washington University, and serves as the director and senior editor for Willow Springs Editions. His reading was recorded in the KUOW Studios on March 9, 2012.

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