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In the Field

Celebrating Poetry Throughout Clark County This Spring

Christopher Luna mug

This April and May, poets and poetry lovers in Clark County celebrate the medium with “Enriching our Lives with Words,” supported by a Humanities Washington Spark Grant. [Read]

This Week & Next

April 14-26: The History and Impact of Hanford Nuclear Site

Kathleen Flenniken

Join engineer-turned-poet Kathleen Flenniken as she shares her personal history growing up in Richland and working at Hanford Thursday (April 17) in Kennewick. Also coming up: Speakers Bureau presentations, Traveling Exhibits programming and Washington State Poet Laureate events all around the state. [Read]

This Week & Next

Top Ten Women Leaders From the Last 40 Years

Gloria Burgess

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we’re posting Top Ten lists from the last 40 years. In this list, Speakers Bureau presenter and educator Gloria Burgess shares her top ten women leaders, from Isabel Allende to Alice Walker. [Read]

5 Questions

From Initial Prints to Digital Impact: The History of Comic Books


Speakers Bureau’s Andrew Wahl talks with Spark about the history and art of comic books, and reading between the panels. [Read]

This Week & Next

April 7-19: Timothy Egan Talks The Worst Hard Time in Spokane

Timothy Egan

Join The Spokane County Library and Whitworth University for a talk by National Book Award winner Timothy Egan on the Great Depression. Also upcoming: Speakers Bureau presentations and readings with the state poet laureate all around the state. [Read]


Former State Poet Laureate Reflects on Her Tenure and Travels

Kathleen Flenniken

Kathleen Flenniken shares her memories and experience as 2012-14 Washington State Poet Laureate, including readings at a correctional facility and a grange hall. Plus: an interactive map chronicling Flenniken’s travels. [Read]

This Week & Next

March 31 to April 11: Discussing the Digital Divide in Shelton

Alex Alben

Join Speakers Bureau’s Alex Alben for Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture in Shelton Saturday. Also look for other upcoming Speakers Bureau presentations and poet laureate events. [Read]

News & Notes

Pair of Think & Drinks to Look at Minorities in Movies

Think & Drink Race, Film

From Birth of a Nation to Smoke Signals African Americans and American Indians in Film to spark conversation in two Seattle locations April 29 and 30. [Read]

In the Field

Myths and Half-Truths in Bainbridge Performing Arts’ The Kentucky Cycle

The play also deals with issues distinct to Kentucky, like its experience with slavery and the Civil War.

This grant-funded production of Robert Shenkkan’s acclaimed play explores the ways in which our lives are shaped by the stories we tell ourselves. Catch it before it ends March 30! [Read]

From the Executive Director

Seeking Traveling Scholars for Our Speakers Bureau

Julie Ziegler

Humanities Washington is looking for applications for our 2015-16 Speakers Bureau! Executive Director Julie Ziegler describes the program, and what we’re seeking in speakers: part scholar, part tramp. [Read]