Reading/Publication Party for Raven Chronicles Vol. 25: Balancing Acts

RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS & BookTree, an Independent Bookstore present

A Reading & Reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts

February 17, 2018, Saturday,  6:15-7:30pm Free
BookTree Bookstore, 609 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033, 425-202-7791

Readings by:

MC: Paul Hunter, Luther Allen, Ed Harkness, Alicia Hokanson,
Thomas Hubbard, Jill McCabe Johnson, Jed Myers, Mary Ellen Talley

Join us for an Open Mic to follow the reading, 7:30-8:20pm.

Luther Allen writes poems and designs buildings from Sumas Mountain, Washington. He facilitates SpeakEasy, a community poetry reading series in Bellingham, Washington, and is co-editor of Noisy Water, a poetry anthology featuring local Whatcom County poets. His collection of poems, The View from Lummi Island, can be found at His work appears in three recent anthologies: WA 129 (an anthology of poems from Washington poets, edited by Tod Marshall), Refugium, and Poetry of the American Southwest, Volume 3.

Edward Harkness is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Saying the Necessary and Beautiful Passing Lives, both from Pleasure Boat Studio Press. His poems can be found online in 2River, Atticus Review, Cascadia Review, The Good Men Project, Hinchas de Poesia, The Humanist, Rat’s Ass Journal, Salt River Review, Split Lip Magazine, Switched-On Gutenberg, and Terrain.Org. Recent publications in print journals include Chariton Review and Miramar. His most recent chapbook, Ice Children, was published by Split Lip Press in 2014. To hear Ed read “Union Creek in Winter,” (and published, not incidentally, on Jan. 21, 2017, the day of the inauguration of #45), go to at He lives in Shoreline, Washington.

Alicia Hokanson, retired from forty years of teaching, now devotes her time to reading, writing, and political activism in Seattle and on Waldron Island, Washington. Her first collection of poems, Mapping the Distance, was selected by Carolyn Kizer for a King County Arts Commission Publication Prize. Two chapbooks from Brooding Heron Press are Insistent in the Skin and Phosphorous.

Thomas Hubbard, a retired writing instructor and spoken word performer, authored Nail and other hardworking poems, Year of the Dragon Press, 1994; Junkyard Dogz (also available on audio CD); and Injunz, a chapbook. He designed and published Children Remember Their Fathers (an anthology), and books by seven other authors. His book reviews have appeared in Square Lake, Raven Chronicles, New Pages and The Cartier Street Review. Recent publication credits include poems in Yellow Medicine Review, I Was Indian, editor Susan Deer Cloud, Florida Review, and short stories in Red Ink and Yellow Medicine Review. He serves editorially with Raven Chronicles and The Cartier Street Review, and still performs spoken word in and around Seattle, and at other venues around the country.

Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works Press since 1994. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, as well as in seven full-length books and three chapbooks. His first collection of farming poems, Breaking Ground, 2004, from Silverfish Review Press, was reviewed in The New York Times, and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. A
second volume of farming poems, Ripening, was published in 2007, a third companion volume, Come the Harvest, appeared in 2008, and the fourth, from the same publisher, Stubble Field, appeared in 2012. He has been a featured poet on The News Hour, and has a prose book on small-scale, sustainable farming, One Seed to Another: The New Small Farming, published by the Small Farmer’s Journal. His new book of prose poetry, Clownery, In lieu of a life spent in harness, was published in 2017, by Davila Art & Books, Sisters, Oregon.

Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of two poetry books, Revolutions We’d Hoped We’d Outgrown and Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of a Nautilus Book Award, and the nonfiction chapbook Borderlines. Honors include an Artist Trust grant, an Academy of American Poets Award, the Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Prize in Fiction, and Scissortale Review’s Editor’s Prize in Poetry; plus the Deborah Tall Memorial Fellowship from Pacific Lutheran University—where she completed her MFA in Creative Writing—and the Louise Van Sickle Fellowship in Poetry from the University of Nebraska—where she received her PhD in English. Johnson teaches Creative Writing and English at Skagit Valley College, and is the founding director of Artsmith, a non-profit to support the arts.

Jed Myers is author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press, forthcoming), and two chapbooks. Recent honors include the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry, The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, and the McLellan Poetry Prize. Poems are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, and Natural Bridge. He’s Poetry Editor for the online magazine Bracken.

Mary Ellen Talley’s poems have recently been published in Cirque, U City Review, and Ekphrastic Review, as well as in the anthologies, The Doll Collection and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace. Mary Ellen worked for many years with words and children as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in Seattle public schools.