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An Evening of Poetry

Please join us in welcoming three Washington state poets to Inklings for a reading and open mic!

Lenora Rain-Lee Good was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her grandfather, a history buff, instilled in her at an early age a love of history, of Native Americans (she is part Catawba), and the opening of the Oregon Country.

Blood on the Ground: Elegies for Waiilatpu tells a story of both those who lost their lives, and those who instigated and carried out the uprising that fateful day and time.  The clash of cultures, the misunderstandings, and the outright lies all came together on the 29th of November 1847 to a disastrous end for all concerned.


Written as 22 poems, Blood on the Ground: Elegies for Waiilatpu is suitable for readers of any age. Ms. Good's research included many books, several trips to the Whitman Mission, and interviews. For perhaps the first time, the Cayuse have a voice to tell their side of the story in this collection of poems.

"Told from multiple perspectives, the poems are rich in detail and research. As the poet says of the massacre, “None escaped to tell it quite the same.” And no reader will escape unchanged after reading Good’s elegies." —Maureen McQuerry, author of The Peculiars and The Time Out of Time series




Lynn M. Knapp is a poet, memoirist, teacher, and musician. She lives in a hundred-year-old house and walks every day in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the Pacific Northwest. The grit, grime, and unexpected beauty of the central city inspire her life and her writing. Her poetry has appeared in The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss (2014), Poeming Pigeons and The Lost River Review (2015). Her work also appears online at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington.

Giving Ground pulses with traffic and teems with life, leading us through tangled streets, intertwined lives. We find a place of overgrown gardens, alleys in bloom, pheasants in flight, rabbits, stray cats, and Spanish love songs, a place where the ordinary appears in an extraordinary light. With deft narrative strokes, Giving Ground reveals a place and its people, lives balanced on the shifting ground of language and culture. Like the place, Lynn Knapp’s poems are wry, real, and poignant.


"Combining deft portraits of both past and current inhabitants with lyrical nature poems, Knapp reflects the demographic shifts that define American history." - Carolyn Martin, author, The Way a Woman Knows




Since retirement from teaching in the Tulalip Heritage School, Thomas Hubbard has published several authors under his Gazoobi Tales imprint. He writes and edits for Raven Chronicles and Cartier Street Review magazines, and has featured in many spoken word venues in the Pacific Northwest and other locations around the country. His poems and short stories have appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Red Ink, Cartier Street Review, Section 8 Magazine, Raven Chronicles, Florida Review, and others. He reviews books for various publications, and is available for freelance editing, layout, graphics and book design. His ancestors are Miami, Cherokee, Irish and English and probably others. He sometimes tells off-color stories to his neighbors’ dogs.

Event date: 
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5629 Summitview Ave
Yakima, WA 98908