2021 Season Archive
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
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.
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.
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)