Poets discuss dance and poetry

PORT ANGELES — Mary Moore Easter and Lillo Way will share stories from their careers as dancers and choreographers on Thursday and discuss how dance, music and theater influenced the structure and style of their poems.

Their Studium Generale presentation, “Dancing the Words: A Conversation and Reading with Mary Moore Easter and Lillo Way,” will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Little Theater at Peninsula College, and will also be streamed live on Zoom at https://pencol – edu.zoom.us/j/88082575506. The meeting ID is 880 8257 5506.

Easter is the author of “Free Papers” (2021), “The Body of the World” (Minnesota Book Award in Poetry Finalist, 2019) and “Walking from Origins; Flutes from our bones” (2020).

A Pushcart-nominated poet and Cave Canem Fellow, she is Professor Emeritus of Dance at Carleton College.

Way’s collection of poetry, “Lend Me Your Wings,” described by Ellen Bass as “rich in music and imagination…celebration and joy,” was published in 2021 by Shanti Arts Publishing. His chapbook, “Dubious Moon”, won the Slapering Hol Press Chapbook competition.

His poems have won the EE Cummings Award and the Florida Review Editors’ Prize.

Her writing has appeared in journals such as New Letters, Poet Lore, Tampa Review, Louisville Review, Poetry East, and numerous anthologies.

Way has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for her choreographic work involving poetry.

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