Poetry Reading Feb. 24

Poetry reading with Jay Nebel and Katharine Whitcomb at WVC Feb. 24

Media Contact: Derek Sheffield, English faculty, 509.682.6737, or Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509.682.6436 (Mon. – Thurs.)

February 9, 2016

Jay Nebel Katharine Whitcomb


The Wenatchee Valley College Visiting Writers Series presents poets Jay Nebel and Katharine Whitcomb, who will give a reading on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m., in The Grove Recital Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.

A question and answer session, and a book signing, will immediately follow the reading.

Whitcomb is the author of four prize-winning collections of poems, the most recent being The Daughter’s Almanac (2015), and the co-author of The Art Courage Program (2014), a parody self-help book. She is the co-editor of A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology and the founding co-editor of Cascadia Chronicle: A Geospatial Journal of Place, Environment and Imagination. Whitcomb was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and had fellowships in poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has taught at Central Washington University since 2004, during which time she directed the on-campus professional and creative writing B.A. program and the nationally ranked online professional and creative writing B.A. program in the English department.

Nebel’s first book, Neighbors, won the Saturnalia Poetry Prize in 2014 and was selected by Gerald Stern. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Narrative, Ploughshares and Tin House, and they have been featured in Verse Daily. Nebel is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award. He lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and two children, and he drives a juice truck for a living.

The WVC Visiting Writers Series brings professional writers to WVC to give students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to engage with some of the most talented writers in the U.S. Through the visits, college and community members learn new ways to think and talk about writing, in the classroom and in their own practice.

The reading is sponsored by the WVC Transfer English division, WVC Foundation and WVC Instruction Office.