Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall


Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall will be presenting this evening, February 21rst in Palouse Library on Tuesday, Feb 21 at 7 p.m.


Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve through 2018, Marshall is visiting schools, libraries and other venues across the state helping raise awareness and appreciation for poetry.

Among Marshall’s many accomplishments are 3 published collections of poetry including “Bugle,” which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. Marshall’s work has been widely read in many journals, including The American Poetry Review and The Iowa Review.

Marshall serves as an Endowed Professor of Humanities at Gonzaga University where he directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers’ series. In his free time, Marshall enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent.

Washington’s Poet Laureate is sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. You can learn more about the program and Tod Marshall by visiting www.wapoetlaureate.org or www.todmarshall.com.

For more information about Tod Marshall’s appearances, contact Tia Langston at (509) 657-3429 or Beverly Pearce at (509) 878-1513.

14 Possibilities of Native Poetry

Natalie Diaz, Featured Guest Editor for the January edition of Connotation Press, has curated a portfolio titled “14 Possibilities of Native Poetry.” In her introduction she poses the question, What is Native poetry?, and then responds:

What is Native poetry means there can be infinite possibilities, infinite poets and their infinite poems who might be an answer. It is only when we answer this question, when we try to define what a native poet should be writing, what a native poet shouldn’t be writing, which native poets can write, which cannot write, that we begin to get smaller, that we silence the voices of our own possibility.


The poets in this issue include: Sammie Bordeaux-Seeger, Jake Skeets, Kateri Menominee, Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp, Tommy Pico, Monique Sanchez, Pagie Buffington, Frank Waln, Michael Wasson, Franklin K.R. Cline, Celeste Adame, b: william bearhart, Millissa Kingbird, and Tanaya Winder.

A perfect selection of poems to ring in the New Year—possibilities indeed!

(Article published at The Rumpus)

Banned Clowns & Racist Halloween Costumes


Check out my latest column up at Indian Country Today Media Network.

Prompted by a creepy clown threat posted on a Colorado student’s Facebook account, along with the onslaught of creepy clown sightings and situations occurring all across the country in two dozen states, several Colorado public schools have imposed a ban of clown costumes and apparel from school property. No big, red squeaky noses, no giant daisy flowers that spurt water, no oversized clown shoes. It’s a very sad day at the circus. MORE…


Dakota Access Pipeline: A Rumpus Roundup

This is a piece I wrote and compiled for The Rumpus.

Dakota Access Pipeline: A Rumpus Roundup


September 9th, 2016

Protecting the Water. Mni Wiconi. Water is Life.

Over the last few weeks, thousands of Indigenous people, representing hundreds of tribes, have gathered together on the banks of the Cannonball River, on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, and in other places, to protect the lands, and the waters, and their sacred sites, against the $3.4 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. This pipeline project, charted by Energy Transfer Partners, and which the tribes call the black snake, would transfer about a half million barrels of crude oil per day across 1,134 miles starting at the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota. The people camped out along the river are not protesters, but protectors. Their occupation on the front lines not only affects the people who live near, but affects several states, numerous communities. The protectors are fighting for all of us. My mother and grandparents were born in Fort Yates, the Standing Rock Reservation. We are Hunkpapa Lakota; my heart holds the protectors’ hearts. I thank them for their courage and diligence. Pilamaya to all who are on the front lines.