Artsmith Literary SalonsArtsmith Reading Series at Darvill's Bookstore

The 2012-2013 Artsmith Reading Series takes place the second Tuesday of each month,November through May (with breaks in December and January), at Darvill's Bookstore in Eastsound, WA. Readings begin at 6 pm, followed by open mic. The event is free and open to the public.

Past salons have featured writers such as internationally acclaimed father/son poets Willis and Tony Barnstone, Lopez Island novelist Karen Fisher, author and essayist Bib Wein, Montana poet Keetje Kuipers, San Juan Island author Susan Wingate, Utah poet Paisley Rekdahl, Orcas Island author Norm Stamper, Seattle poet Paul Nelson, former Orcas Island writer Monica Woelfel, Latin American journalist John Enders, San Juan Island memoirist Janet Thomas, and more.

Photo by Herbalist Jonathan Hover2012-2013 Reading Series

Peter Ludwin

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Peter Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust.  For the past eleven years he has participated in the San Miguel Poetry Week in Mexico, where he has studied under such noted poets as Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland and Robert Wrigley.  His work has appeared in many journals, including The Bitter Oleander, The Comstock Review, Nimrod, North American Review and Prairie Schooner.  His first book, A Guest in All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker Press.  His second, Rumors of Fallible Gods, was a Finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award in both 2010 and 2011, and was published in the summer of 2012 by Presa Press.  He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and  Soundings Review named him the winner of its spring/summer 2011 Reader’s Choice award for his poem, “A Convocation of Crows.”  An avid traveler, he spent nearly a month in 2011 in China and Tibet.

Holly J. Hughes

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Holly J. Hughes is a writing teacher, poet and essayist with a long-time interest in writing, nature and contemplative practice. She has taught writing workshops at Fishtrap, the Rainier Writers Workshop, and Edmonds Write on the Sound, as well as teaching at Edmonds Community College, where she co-directed the Convergence Writer’s Series. Hughes and essayist Brenda Miller co-authored The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. A former commercial salmon fisherman and mariner, she has spent 30 summers working in Alaska, most recently as a naturalist. She divides her time between Indianola and Chimacum, Washington.

In 2012, Holly was a recipient of a grant from Artist Trust. Her Orcas Island reading will be a “Meet the Artist” event. She encourages anyone interested in applying for an Artist Trust grant to attend, and she will share her experience as well as any tips for applying.

Artist Trust's Meet the Artist program is an integral component of the annual Artist Trust Fellowship program. Meet the Artist events bridge our artistic community with the diverse communities in Washington State, increasing awareness about the vital roles art and artists play in our culture. Find out more at Artist Trust.

Sonya Lea

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sonya Lea writes for film, television and magazines. Her memoir, Wondering Who You Are, is about her husband’s cancer treatment, through which he lost the memory of their life. David Shields awarded her an international memoir prize for an excerpt from the story, which also won an Artist Trust Award. Sonya has written for The Southern Review, Brevity, Cold Mountain Review, TricycleSide B, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and elsewhere. Originally from Kentucky, she lives in Seattle, Washington. You can find her at

As If by Tina SchumannA Fort Made of Doors by Casey Fuller

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Join poets Casey Fuller and Tina Schumann for a special "April Poetry Month" reading...

In 2011, Casey Fuller won the Washington State-wide Floating Bridge Chapbook Award for his poetry collection, A Fort Made of Doors. In 2010, he won the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize. In 2009, the city of Olympia awarded him the Here Today art grant. His poems have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Switched-On Gutenberg, A River and Sound Review, Palabra, and other publications. Fuller has lived in the Northwest for 33 years. He has worked as an auto detailer, burrito roller, fruit vendor, note taker, office worker and, most recently, as a forklift driver in a warehouse where he wrote poems during his breaks. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Katrina, and two cats, Monty and Garcia Lorca.

Tina Schumann's manuscript Praising the Paradox was a finalist in the 2011 National Poetry Series andTupelo Press listed it as a  “Remarkable work” in their 2012 open submission period. Her chapbook As If  (Split Oak Press) was awarded the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize for 2010.  She is the recipient of the 2009 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal and her work was chosen as a finalist in the 2012 poetry contest.Her work received honorable mentions in The Atlantic 2008 writing contest as well as the 2010 Crab Creek Review poetry contest. She is a Pushcart nominee and the editor of the forthcoming anthology Two-Countries; U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate.  Her books are Plume (University of Washington Press, 2012), a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site, and Famous (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.  Flenniken’s awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust.  She is co-editor and president of Floating Bridge Press, dedicated to publishing Washington State poets, and president of Jack Straw, an audio arts and cultural center.


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Darvill's Bookstore

PO Box 334 Eastsound, WA 98245