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Tod Marshall: The Creative Process of Poetry

The interviews that Tod Marshall conducted with American poets born between the years 1941 and 1959 became the subject of his book Range of the Possible: Conversations with Contemporary Poets (2002). A companion collection of their respective poetry, Range of Voices, followed in 2005. His newest book, Bugle, comes out in October. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

“Cutting Edge” Media Center Offered Access to Premium Technology

Media Center Tech Featured

The Humanities Washington Media Center brought technology and cutting-edge equipment to film-makers in the Northwest in the 1990s. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Hugo House’s Literary Series Continues to Thrive

Jack Hitt Featured

In this installment of 40 Years of Washington Stories, we look at the Hugo House literary series, launched in 2007 to support Seattle’s literary scene. [Read]

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An Interview with Jamie Ford: The Intersection of History and Fiction

Author Jamie Ford can’t help but get history stuck in his fiction. For Humanities Washington’s October 17th fundraising event, he has penned a new story that is set in Spokane near the start of World War I. [Read]

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An Interview with Elizabeth Heffron: The Dramatic Engine of a Play

The plays written by Elizabeth Heffron force their ordinary characters toward extraordinary contemplations of health, death, family, and society. The Seattle playwright has worked in multiple aspects of live theater, ranging from full-length stage drama to short works and radio plays. Along the way she has made a name for herself as “an artist with [Read]

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5 Questions with Peter Mountford: The Influence of Economics on Creativity

As a staffer at a well-known Washington, D.C. think-tank, Peter Mountford had a window on the world that most novelists would envy — and that was formative on the fiction he later wrote. [Read]

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An Introduction to Mystery, Wonder and the Realms of Possibility with Charles Johnson

Award-winning author Charles Johnson reflects on the power of illustration to inspire learning. [Read]

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Washington State Poet Laureate Builds Poetry Legacy – One Mile at a Time

Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen is building a poetry legacy, one mile at a time. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Barn Again! Put Small Museums, Rural Communities in the Spotlight

Barn Again Featured

This installment of 40 Years of Washington Stories looks at the traveling exhibit Barn Again!, which brought discussions about history and culture to rural museums around the state. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Scandinavian Film Festival Bridged Cultures With Rare Films

Swedish Film Festival Featured

As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, we’re looking back at our past programs. The Scandinavian Film Festival brought rare films to Seattle – a city rich with Scandinavian heritage. [Read]