Join us for a discussion of Tacoma history and creative writing techniques with a panel of local experts. Representatives from the Tacoma Historical Society, The University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Public Library, Write253, and local author Tamiko Nimura, will discuss how researching historic Tacoma informs their creative work. Presented in partnership with Write253 and Tacoma Creates. Aimed at teens and adults.
Registration (with email) required. A zoom link will be sent to your email address one hour prior to the start of the event.
Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American writer living in Tacoma, Washington. Her training in literature and American ethnic studies (PhD, University of Washington) prepared her to research, document, and tell the stories of people of color. She is a 2021 Murray Morgan Award winner from the Tacoma Historical Society and a 2021 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program recipient. In 2017, she worked with Michael Sullivan to create a walking tour of Tacoma’s historic Japantown.
Kim Davenport is a Tacoma history researcher and writer with a focus on the musical history of our community. Her most recent book, "Sounds of our City: Twenty-One Musical Tales from Tacoma History," was published by Tacoma Historical Society Press in 2021. She has previously written two books for Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, "Tacoma's Lincoln District" and "Tacoma's Theater District." Her work has also been featured in COLUMBIA, the magazine of the Washington State Historical Society. She serves as Communications Manager for Tacoma Historical Society and teaches at both the University of Washington Tacoma and the University of Puget Sound.
Spencer Bowman is a librarian at Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room, where he is responsible for reference research and preserving and providing access to Northwest History materials in the library’s special collections. He has presented on historic topics as well as written and produced online video content on various aspects of the cultural history of Tacoma.
Laura Krughoff Laura Krughoff is a fiction writer and essayist, who teaches creative writing. Her scholarly interests include the history of marriage, the relationship between law and literature, and the representation—and emerging effects—of marriage equality in LGBTQ literatures. Her debut novel, My Brother’s Name, was a finalist for a 2014 Lambda Literary Foundation Award. The book explores the notion of “gender passing” in which the main female character, in following her brother through the struggles of mental illness, adopts his identity and struggles to survive in his world without losing herself in the process. Krughoff’s current novel project follows the lives of two women navigating the decade between Massachusetts legalizing same-sex marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The Threepenny Review, the Gay Voices section of Huffington Post, and a podcast of the Chicago-based story-telling performance collective.
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