Join us on Thursday, November 29 for a night of poetry with Michele Bombardier, author of What We Do, and Tara Hardy, author of My, My, My, My, My.
At its center, What We Do is about survival, how quickly things can fall apart, and what it means to live in the aftermath of loss. Resilient and brave, the sonnet cycle in this collection does what poetry is meant to do, shake us into awareness of ourselves and of those around us, whether family or stranger, the rhythms and forms working against grief and pain.
Michele Bombardier is a Northwest poet whose work has appeared in many literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry International Online, Bellevue Literary Review, Floating Bridge, Artemis, The Examined Life Journal and others. She earned her MFA in poetry at Pacific University and works as a speech language pathologist in her own clinic as a neurological and developmental specialist with stroke, autism and brain injury. She is the founder of Fishplate Poetry, offering retreats and workshops while raising money for humanitarian relief, specifically for Syria. She lives with her family on an island in Puget Sound surrounded by giant fir and cedar trees.
Suddenly stricken by a life-threatening condition, the author finds she has slipped into an alternate reality-one in which her life and her livelihood are no longer to be counted on. Oddly, she finds it's a place populated with not just hope, but a newfound appreciation for the splendors of the physical world. Her fight to stay alive, while terrifying, is deeply vibrant.
Tara Hardy, author of Bring Down the Chandeliers, by Write Bloody Press, is a former Richard Hugo House Writer in Residence, former Seattle Poet Populist, alumnae of Hedgebrook, and founder of Bent Writing Institute for LGBTQ writers. She is currently an instructor at Seattle Central College, Richard Hugo House and Path With Art. She holds an MFA from Vermont College.