Connecting Community through Poetry

Rooms 440-442, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Poetry is a great connector for creating community locally and globally. Join current and former poets laureate and other writers who create their own fields for poetry in public schools, in youth detention centers, buses, community centers, libraries, universities, publishing, editing and guest editing, and in their own front yards. Poetry walks in tandem with many purposes including social justice advocacy, education, bridging distances, and healing. 

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Seattle_Panel_2023.pdf



Margaret Rozga hosted workshops and write-ins open to all as 2021 artist in residence at the UW Milwaukee at Waukesha Field Station and curated the campus exhibit, Our Field Station & the Earth. As 2019–20 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, she led statewide workshops on writing social justice themed poems.

Angie Trudell Vasquez is the Poet Laureate of Madison, Wisconsin ('20–'24). She holds a MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her third collection of poetry, In Light, Always Light, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2019, and My People Redux, her fourth, in January 2022

Raúl Sanchez is the former City of Redmond Poet Laureate. He teaches poetry both in English and Spanish through the Seattle Arts and Lectures (WITS), and Jack Straw Cultural programs. He volunteered for PONGO Teen Writing at the Juvenile Detention Center. His second collection is When There Were No Borders.

Maiah A Merino, a Chicanx Poet, recently coedited The Yellow Medicine Review’s Spring 2022 Journal: Miracles & Defining Moments. Her work appears in The Yellow Medicine Review and The Raven Chronicles. She is a 2021/2022 Writing the Land Poet, and recipient of the 2021 Artist Gap Award.

Gregory Luce, author of five poetry collections, has organized community poetry events including Arlington Poets in Solidarity With Ukraine (May 2022). He serves as the board chair of Day Eight, a Washington, DC–based nonprofit founded to support local artists in writing about their work.


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