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Anna Odessa Linzer: Season Unleashed

Season Unleashed is a new collection of poems by American Book Award-winning novelist and poet Anna Odessa Linzer. Anna evokes the dramatic yet subtle beauty of the Salish Sea. A Northwest native, her poems reveal a keen awareness born of the familiarity of paths and beaches she walks daily. Memories surface, braiding her heritage with life on the Suquamish Port Madison Indian Reservation, her years on Shaw Island, in the rainforest along the Hoh River, and in the isolation of Dabob Bay. These poems and prose passages are a kaleidoscope of seasons unleashed. A long-distance, cold-water swimmer, Anna glides through the seasons in the cool blue-green waters she calls home, inviting us to join her in her powerful, deep immersion.

Anna will give a reading featuring poems from this new collection, Season Unleashed, published by Empty Bowl Press. Following the reading, she will be in conversation with Holly Hughes, poet, publisher, and Anna’s longtime friend. Audience Q&A and reception after their presentation.

Guest bio

Anna Odessa Linzer has always lived along the Salish Sea. Her deep connection with the Pacific Northwest is reflected in both her poems and her fiction. Her novel Ghost Dancing (Picador/St. Martin’s Press) received an American Book Award in 1999. Her novels Blind Virgil, Dancing on Water, and A River Story were produced as the handbound, limited-edition Home Waters by fine-arts publisher Marquand Books. A River Story was adapted and performed as a two-person play, and her poems have been featured in gallery and museum installations as well as on wine bottles. She has also worked on environmental protection and restoration issues, including founding one of the first land trusts in Washington State.


Sep 23, 2024


BIMA Auditorium



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