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2021 Season

The winter gardens are crisp, clean, and mysteriously beautiful, quiet except for occasional bird song and the crunch of frost underfoot. They are the perfect place to reflect, meditate, and wonder at the regenerative power of nature. Lakewold’s partnership with Write253 is now in its second season. In keeping with Lakewold’s intent to reshape and recreate itself into a center for art, music, and nature, poets arrive to celebrate nature and self-expression. Through their poetry, these writers assert and embrace environmental justice, and articulate the challenges of climate change while exploring love, family dynamics, tragedy, and recovery. This year we bring you the Winter Garden Poetry Series virtually. Each poet chose a place in the garden from which to bring you vibrant, reflective, and perhaps challenging verses. The 2021 Winter Garden Poetry was released in a series of four episodes from February 16-19. Enjoy the videos below.

2021 Poet Line-up

Carmella Neal

Carmella Neal

Carmella Neal is a senior at Lakes High School and hopes to attend university next fall to study English. She enjoys reading outside, collecting record vinyl, and attending art exhibitions. She spends most of her time with her two year-old golden doodle named Leo.
Gloria Muhammad

Gloria Muhammad

Gloria Muhammad is a writer, teaching artist, and educator. Currently a paraeducator, she has worked with young people and adult learners in various educational settings. As a writer, Gloria is inspired by spirituality, everyday life, nature, music, and cinematography. She is a graduate of Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab and is excited to host virtual writing workshops rooted in healing and personal development. Drop her a line: gloriajoymuhammad@gmail.com / Instagram: @whoisgloriajoy
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PJ Sorem

PJ Sorem is a 17-year-old poet and student at the Tacoma Science and Math Institute. Their pronouns are they/them/theirs. They love to share their raw experiences and identities through poetry.

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Michael Haeflinger

Michael Haeflinger is the author of Low Static Rage (Blue Cactus Press, 2019) and the Executive Director for Write253 a literary arts organization in Tacoma, WA.

2020 Season Archive

In the Winter of 2020 was the first season of The Winter Garden Poetry Series. We partnered with Write 253 and hosted a Poetry Series that featured great local poets reading their work in the Wagner House. Each event had two featured poets with a youth poet opening.

2020 Line-up

Jan 19 -- Abby Murray (Tacoma Poet Laureate) and Mare Hake (Tahoma Literary Review)

Jan 26 -- William Kupinse and Natalie Scenters- Zapico (Professors at Puget Sound)

Feb 16 -- Christina Butcher (Blue Cactus Press) and Kellie Richardson (Former Tacoma Poet Laureate)

Feb 23 -- Kristen Orlando (SAMi Humanities Teacher) and Kevin Miller (Local Published Poet)