Earth Day poetry reading at Wenatchee Valley College on April 18

April 8, 2024 

Media Contacts:  
Derek Sheffield, English faculty, 509-682-6737,,   
Jennifer Korfiatis, interim public information officer, 509-682-6650, 

In celebration of Earth Day and National Poetry Month, the Wenatchee Valley College Visiting Writers Series will host a poetry reading by author Kurt Caswell and student writers, and a walk and talk at Jacobson Preserve on April 18. These free events are open to the public.

Caswell will participate in a walk and talk at Jacobson Preserve in Wenatchee from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the preserve’s parking lot near the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club on Skyline Drive.  

The poetry reading is from 7-8 p.m. in The Grove Recital Hall, Music and Art Center, on the Wenatchee campus. Caswell will read from his work, and winners of WVC’s annual Earth Day Poetry Contest will join him on stage to read their winning submissions. A book signing will follow the reading.   

Caswell is the author of several books of nonfiction, including “Laika's Window: The Legacy of a Soviet Space Dog,” “Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents, “In the Sun’s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation,” and “An Inside Passage,” which won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize. He is co-editor of “Going to See: 30 Writers on Nature, Inspiration, and the World of Barry Lopez,” which will debut in May of this year. His essays have appeared in ISLE, Isotope, Matter, Ninth Letter, Orion, River Teeth, and the American Literary Review. 

Caswell is also a professor of creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University.  

This Visiting Writers Series event is sponsored by the WVC English Department, WVC Sustainability Committee, the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, and A Book for All Seasons. 


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