Free Poetry Reading At Willamette University

Carlos Martinez and Kelli Russell Agodon will give the Hallie Ford Poetry Reading Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library at Willamette University. The event is free and open to the public.

Carlos Martinez teaches creative writing and literature at Western Washington University. Martinez, who holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, has published two poetry collections, Unendurable Love and The Cold Music of the Ocean.

He recently held a Jack Straw Foundation Fellowship, is the recipient of an Americas Review poetry prize and was a featured poet in His poetry has appeared in national journals including Poet Lore, Verse Daily and Cranky, as well as in the anthologies Vox Populi and The Sound Close In.

Kelli Russell Agodon has had her poetry selected by Garrison Keillor for both Writers Almanac on National Public Radio and his anthology Good Poems For Hard Times. Her book Geography won the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition, and her poems were anthologized in the Pontoon Anthology of Washington State Poets. Her second collection of poetry is titled Small Knots.

She has received the James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review, the Carlin Aden Award from the Washington Poets Association, and two Washington Artist Trust grants. She serves as poetry editor of Margin: Modern Magical Realism, and her own work has been published in such journals as Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Journal, and Calyx.