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Journey into the Self: Illness, Poetry, and the Margins with Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True
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Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True has spent a lot of time getting to know and reknow herself, as those of us pushed to the margins of society, and those of us experiencing chronic illness and disability, often do. Join Arianne for an evening exploring that journey into and with the self, looking at how Western society so often separates us from ourselves and how we find our ways back, and how a changing/sick body affects all of it. And don’t worry, we’ll bring it back to poetry.

At the request of a key event participant, we ask attendees to avoid using strong fragrances.

Guest Bio

Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw) is a queer poet and teaching artist from Seattle, and has spent most of her work time working with youth. She’s received fellowships and residencies from Jack Straw, the Hugo House, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Repertory Theater, and is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Burien with her cat. Arianne is the 2023-2025 Washington State Poet Laureate. Learn more at and follow her on Instagram at @wapoetlaureate.


Jan 25, 2024


BIMA Auditorium



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