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John Messick, Compass Lines: Journeys Toward Home

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Wed, 03/15/2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join us in the Readings Gallery for another great event in our Nature of Writing series, a partnership between Village Books and the North Cascades Institute.

We are still operating at a limited capacity for our events so we recommend pre-registering on Eventbrite to reserve your spot. 


From Antarctica to the Arctic, the Florida swamps to a Cambodia tattoo parlor, a Middle East bicycle route to a Yukon River canoe trip, Compass Lines: Journeys Toward Home brings readers on adventures that traverse latitudes and continents in pursuit of that most elusive place: home. 

"John Messick comes from the ruggedly blessed landscape of wildly talented Alaskan writers. True aim, straight vision, and beautiful. Enthusiastic thumbs-up. Get it now." -LUIS ALBERTO URREA, author of The Devil's Highway and The House of Broken Angels

John Messick is a writer, teacher, husband, and father. His work has appeared in literary journals and news outlets including Rock & Sling, Tampa Review, Nowhere Magazine, Miami Herald, Anchorage Daily News, and more. John earned his MFA at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been awarded an AWP Intro Journals Prize in nonfiction and a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award. He teaches composition at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska, where he lives with his family. Compass Lines is his first book.

Online registration closes one hour prior to the event. Walk-ins will be welcome if there are available spaces. 


Compass Lines: Journeys Toward Home By John Messick Cover Image
ISBN: 9781736755839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Porphyry Press - March 14th, 2023