Redmond's New Poet Laureate is a writer on a mission - bring poetry to people who think poetry is not for them. “Poetry for Geeks / Geeks for Poetry” is Jeannine Hall Gailey’s mantra as she launches into her work as poet ambassador from one of the world’s most famous tech cities.
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Gailey is collaborating with Seattle Art Museum
, local news outlets and arts organizations, comic cons, teen centers, libraries, and tech thought leaders to reach new and underserved audiences. Her “geek talks” will explore comic book superheroes, code and mathematical poetry, hybrid poetry forms including visual art and music, and more. She is also hoping to launch a "Redmond Reads Poetry" project with the library that will include book clubs, readings and more for a book each quarter that includes "geek-friendly" content such as astrophysics, engineering, and anime.
Hear Jeannine read her work here. Read her poetry here, here and here.
Jeannine Hall Gailey is the author of two books of poetry, She Returns to the Floating World
, published by Kitsune Books in 2011, which was a finalist for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal and a winner of a Florida Publishers Association Presidential Award for Poetry, and Becoming the Villainess
, published by Steel Toe Books in 2006. Gailey has a B.S. in Biology, an M.A. in English from the University of Cincinnati, and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pacific University. Her poems have been featured on NPR's The Writer's Almanac
and on Verse Daily
; two were included in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
. In 2007, she received a Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant, and in 2007 and 2011 she won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review, writes book reviews, and teaches at National University's MFA Program.
The Redmond Poet Laureate serves a two-year term and works to build a more literate community by creating activities that place poetry in the hands of everyday people.
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