EventsA Poet, a Songwriter, and a Fiction Writer Talk About Place

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A Poet, a Songwriter, and a Fiction Writer Talk About Place

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Join three dynamic writers who work in three different genres as they discuss how they write Place into their work. Writer Nia Dickens, musician Forest Beutel, and poet Robert Lashley will join Write253's Michael Haeflinger in a conversation about craft that will include the artists sharing some of their work and offering tips about how to think about Place in our writing. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered attendees one hour prior to start of the session. Presented in partnership with Write253. Recommended for ages 15 to adult. 

Nia Dickens, Writer 

Nia Dickens is a writer, focused primarily in fiction. Raised between Tallahassee, Florida and University Place, WA, her work centers on Southern Black coming-of-age narratives in literary and young adult fiction. She's a former fellow of Richard Hugo House (Seattle) and alum of Hurston/Wright and VONA Voices workshops. In 2020, she received Martha Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing's Voices of Color Fellowship and began her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Miami. In a past life, she was awarded two English Teaching Assistantships (Fulbright 2015 &TAPIF 2016) and worked in journalism, reporting on technology and community theater across the DMV area. Learn more about Nia.

Robert Lashley, Poet.

 A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award. Robert Lashley has had work published in The Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, Poetry Northwest, McSweeney’s, and The Cascadia Review. His poetry was also featured in such anthologies as Many Trails to The Summitt, Foot Bridge Above The Falls, Get Lit, Make It True, and It Was Written. His previous books include THE HOMEBOY SONGS (Small Doggies Press, 2014), and UP SOUTH (Small Doggies Press, 2017). His next book THE GREEN RIVER VALLEY, will be published by Blue Cactus Press in 2021. Learn more about Robert, and read some of his work. 

Forest Beutel, Musician

Tacoma’s ambassador of the Americana blues, Forest Beutel, is a modern day troubadour. He has toured the U.S. performing hundreds of concerts since his independent music career began in 2003. His song-writing draws from a multitude of influences ranging from other musicians’ art to lived experiences on the road. Frontman for Tacoma bluegrass bands Barleywine Revue and the Rusty Cleavers, Beutel has released 11 albums to date. Listen to Forest's music.

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