Plume is set at the Hanford Nuclear Site and in Richland, Washington, where Kathleen Flenniken grew up and where her childhood friend's father died of a radiation illness. Flenniken uses a range of poetic forms and voices, memoir, and research, to explore a personal and cultural history at odds with the environmental facts.
Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012 – 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate. She is the author of Plume, chosen by Linda Bierds and released in February by University of Washington Press, and Famous (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Her other honors include fellowships the National Endowment for the Arts and Artist Trust, and a 2012 Pushcart Prize. She lives in Seattle.
About Caleb Barber, Beasts & Violins:
Bellingham poet, Caleb Barber, earned an English/Creative Writing BA from WWU, and an MFA in poetry from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. He currently works days at an aerospace machine shop. He has been widely published in literary magazines, most notably with a feature in Poet Lore. He also has a poem in Best American Poetry 2009. Village Books is pleased to carry copies of Caleb's poetry book, Beasts & Violins.
About Rachel Mehl:
Rachel Mehl has an MFA from University of Oregon. She has published poems in Alaska Quarterly Review, Portland Review, Poet Lore, and Willow Springs. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and both her chapbook manuscript, Letter to Amber in November, and her full-length manuscript, Why I Hate Horses, have been finalists in national competitions.