F173. Remapping the Frontier: Northwest Women Poets Writing From Archives and Experience

Room 400, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Using archival materials as a creative source, this panel of Pacific Northwest women poets directly engages the claims laid by historical male explorers and scientific pioneers, opening a conversation about the weight of desire, discovery, and what it means as a woman to write (from) this contested landscape. Panelists share how and why archival research informs their creative work, and a moderated conversation tracks these journeys in the context of historical and personal discovery and its aftermath.



Megan Snyder-Camp's first poetry collection is The Forest of Sure Things. She has been awarded grants and residencies from the 4Culture Foundation, Bread Loaf, and Djerassi, and her work has been featured on the PBS NewsHour.

Linda Bierds has published nine books of poetry. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, and prizes from PEN and the Poetry Society of America. She is the Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor in the Humanities at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the poetry collections Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work and the founder of Broadsided Press. She works as a naturalist and is Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis and teaches in the low-residency MFA at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate, and the author of two books of poetry, Famous, and Plume, a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site in eastern Washington State, finalist for the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award. She is an editor at Floating Bridge Press.

Melinda Mueller is the author of What the Ice Gets: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition 1914-1916: A Poem. Author of three previous poetry collections, she has had poems published in the Pushcart Prize XX and Best American Poetry anthologies. She teaches at Seattle Academy in Seattle, Washington.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center