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Growing Up Near Hanford With Wash. State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken

Elizabeth Austen

Washington state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken grew up in Richland, near the Hanford nuclear reservation. Today, three poems from her collection of poems, "Plume" (University of Washington Press, 2012), bring the story of Hanford to life in all its complexity. We'll hear "Whole Body Counter," "Self–Portrait with Father as Tour Guide" and "Flow Chart."

Kathleen's first book, "Famous" (University of Nebraska, 2006), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in poetry, 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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