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April 01, 2009

Celebrate Poetry Month—April 2009

Celebrate Poetry Month—April—with Lost Horse Press and the Sandpoint Library as they host a special Poetry Month Reading featuring poet Melissa Kwasny and performance poet Emily Baker. The Reading takes place on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 3 pm in the Sandpoint Library Lobby. Admission is free, everyone is welcome, and, as always, refreshments will be served.

Melissa Kwasny is the author of three books of poetry: Reading Novalis in Montana (Milkweed Editions, 2009), Thistle (Lost Horse Press, 2006, winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry), and The Archival Birds (Bear Star Press, 2000), as well as the editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950 (Wesleyan University Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared recently in Willow Springs, Bellingham Review, Three Penny Review, Boston Review, Seneca Review, and others. In 2008, she won the Joy Harjo Award, and she recently won the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is currently teaching as Visiting Writer at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, Eastern Washington University in Spokane.

Emily Baker is a local midwife, musician, and poet. Although born, raised, and returned to Sandpoint, Emily first discovered the craft of spoken-word/performance poetry 9 years ago while living in Portland, Oregon. It was there she came upon an open mic night that featured a wide array of performance artists who shared their passion for creative expression. A spark was renewed, an abiding love of poetry reborn. Emily continues to be grateful for the support of her community in sharing these creative endeavors for, she believes, the inspiration between artist and audience flows in both directions.

A nonprofit, independent publishing house based in Sandpoint, Idaho, Lost Horse Press is committed to publishing poetry titles of high literary merit. The Press also makes available fine contemporary literature of all genres through its cultural, educational, and publishing programs and activities. As an example, the Lost Horse Press New Poets Series, edited by Marvin Bell, is dedicated to publishing and promoting the early books of deserving authors whose work is ignored by conglomerate publishers who require their authors to already have an established audience. In its ten years of existence, Lost Horse Press has published twenty-five books of poetry, 7 fiction titles, and 2 books of essays, many of which have won national awards.