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KUOW Presents

Poets Derek Sheffield And Marjorie Manwaring

Elizabeth Austen

From the Biblical story of Adam and Eve to the cult movie "Snakes on a Plane," serpents have been an icon of fear and evil. Two Pacific Northwest poets give us stories of encounters with snakes, with surprising implications.

Derek Sheffield reads "Near Wild Grasses." His poem recounts an experience with a rattlesnake while on a walk near his home in the Leavenworth area of central Washington. Marjorie Manwaring's poem "Restoration" conjures a slightly mystical experience involving a cottonmouth.

Manwaring has published two chapbooks, "What to Make of a Diminished Thing" (Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and "Magic Word" (Pudding House Publications, 2007). A full–length collection is forthcoming from Mayapple Press in early 2013. She lives in Seattle.

Sheffield is professor of English at Wenatchee Valley College. His chapbook, "A Revised Account of the West" (2008), won the inaugural Hazel Lipa Chapbook Award sponsored by Flyway at Iowa State University. He has served as writer–in–residence at Mount Saint Helens.

Sheffield's reading was recorded in the KUOW Studios on March 23, 2012, and Manwaring was recorded on March 30, 2012.

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