We are excited to host two accomplished local poets, Christina Butcher & Joanne M. Clarkson, for a reading at Browsers on Monday, January 22 at 6:30 PM. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
More About the Work of Christina Butcher:
Christina Butcher is a freelance writer, podcaster and veteran from Chaparral, New Mexico. She is a regular contributor to OLY ARTS, The Ranger and Weekly Volcano and Thurston County Chamber of Commerce’s VOICE Magazine. Her writing has also appeared in City Arts and Hilltop Action Journal. Her debut poetry collection, Still Clutching Maps, was published in May 2017 by Blue Cactus Press. It explores ideas of language, power, and place as they inform a person’s ever-evolving identity. Christina has a passion for storytelling and community involvement. She holds degrees in anthropology and Chinese-Mandarin language studies, as well as a certificate in storytelling and content strategy. She lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington.
Still Clutching Maps is a poetry collection exploring ideas of identity and place. It encompasses the author’s experiences of living and travelling in the American southwest, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Northwest and Yukon Territory. It is an honest collection draped in raw imagery, exposing an evolving relationship to language, power and loss.
More About the Work of Joanne Clarkson:
Joanne M. Clarkson’s poetry collection, The Fates, won Bright Hill Press’ annual contest and was published in 2017. Richard Foerster, Awards Judge, described the book as “relentlessly engaging,” and stated that readers “will be hooked from the start.” Rusty Morrison, editor of Omnidawn Press, herself an award-winning poet, writes: “Clarkson is the rare poet who can spin a web of words that frees us to feel renewed energy in our lives, even as it catches, holds and even challenges, our attention.”
In The Fates, Clarkson contemplates what can and cannot be controlled. This questioning is prompted by her experience as a Hospice Nurse and from growing up with her grandmother, a psychic. Poems are organized around the three Fates from classical mythology: Klotho who spins, Lachesis who measures, and Atropos who snips the thread of life at the end. This legend extends to her grandmother. When she wasn’t reading cards, she worked as a seamstress and milliner, work that gave her creative expression. Characters in the book range from her sister who died from crib death, through portraits of patients to a personal mythology, culminating in the discovery her maiden name came from an obscure Slovak goddess.
Clarkson’s poems have been published in over 200 magazines and journals internationally. Her chapbook, Believing the Body, appeared in 2014. She has a poem in the WA129 Poet Laureate anthology and work forthcoming in several publications including an international scholarly work about Grandmothers.
Joanne M. Clarkson’s full-length poetry collection The Fates won Bright Hill Press’ annual contest and was published in June 2017. Her chapbook Believing the Body was published by Gribble Press in 2014. This year her work has been featured in the WA129 Poet Laureate Anthology, Blue Heron Review, Catamaran, Edge, Modern Poetry Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, the Ice Cream Anthology from World Enough Writers and the We’Moon Datebook for 2018. She has been the recipient of a GAP Grant from Artists Trust and a NEH grant to teach poetry in rural libraries. Clarkson has Master’s Degrees in English and Library Science. She has taught and worked as a professional librarian. After caring for her mother through a long illness, she re-careered as a RN specializing in Home Health and Hospice Care. She lives in Olympia, WA, and serves on the Board of the Olympia Poetry Network.