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Please see page 9 for the Kirkland Reporter’s 2011 Poetry Contest winners! book development topics, while the general public may enjoy the opportunity to chat with their favorite authors of children’s books, cookbooks, mysteries or memoirs. Nearly all book genres will be represented. Northwest BookFest 2011 sponsors are: King County Library System, King County Library System Foundation, City of Kirkland, King County 4Culture and Book Publishers Network. For a complete schedule, visit For more information, contact Sheryn Hara, Book Publishers Network,, or telephone 425-483-3040.


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2011 Poetry Contest winners

1. Scarlet sockeye climb the creeks Two weeks early. In the forest, fronds lift up. Chanterelles nudge through matted ground Exposing frilly orange hats. The scents of loamy soil, rotting logs, Every kind of green wakens again. 2. Parched roots of grand cedar and hemlock Call to the rain through limbs that toss like Prayer flags in the cooling winds : “Come. We have waited so long.” The rain drips down over shingled branches Soaking earth in answer: “I am here.” 3. In town, where the woman lives, Rain and wind blow across the west deck. Roses there dip and sway on bushes grown rugged Through this dry, awful summer. A cloth spinner turns, Manic colors pinwheeling with the gusts.

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Third place: ‘God is Like Dave Fielding’ God is like Dave Fielding who never picks up his phone. Dave has two land lines and two cell phones but he rarely answers. Sometimes a woman answers but she doesn’t know where Dave is or what he is doing. Once in awhile I come across a friend who says, call Dave now, he’s home, I just spoke to him. What number did you use, I shout out as I fumble for my phone. But Dave rarely picks up. Sometimes his answering service activates after 20 rings and I leave a breathy short message before I am cut off. Last week I finally reached him. He was on a hilltop in Ellensburg. He said he didn’t want to talk business and held the phone aloft so I could hear the wind whistling down the foothills of the Cascades. Someday we’ll stand on this very hillside and celebrate he said. Celebrate what? Well, he replies, right now the sun is going down, I can see the shadow inch across the valley. It’s the first day of autumn and I’m standing on a dirt road with a few friends. Someday I will bring you here. The phone crackles and he is gone. I call back and finally give up after the series of rings begin to sound like a heartbeat.


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The round glass table gathers reflection, Its faded umbrella closed for keeping. Toys strewn about dribble Playful memories onto yellow leaves. 4. Inside, the woman pours hot tea and honey Into a waiting cup And at last sits down And sips it.


Second place: ‘After All, Autumn’



A cinnamon stick swirls a morning cup of warm homemade apple cider, as the front porch rocking chair groans beneath the old man’s weight Peering at the mound of drying leaves, the man appears to be waiting for an autumn miracle to blow the leaves to his neighbor’s yard A cinnamon stick swirls an evening cup of warm homemade apple cider, as the front porch rocking chair groans beneath the old man’s weight The setting sun whispers to the gentle tired man “perhaps the wind will blow tomorrow” ~

president of the Washington Poets Association. Congratulations to the following winners: First place goes to Kirkland resident Al Drinkwine for his poem, “Autumn Miracle”; second place goes to Chi Chi Stewart, of Kirkland, for her poem “After All, Autumn”; and third place goes to Jeanette Curlew, of Kirkland, for “God is Like Dave Fielding.” Winners will read their poems during the Northwest BookFest Poetry Slam on Oct. 1.

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First place: ‘Autumn Miracle’

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The Kirkland Reporter recently launched its first-ever 2011 Poetry Contest with the theme “autumn.” Thank you to the poets who together submitted 40 poems. The panel of judges for the contest included Kirkland Reporter Editor Carrie Wood, Bothell/Kenmore Reporter Editor Andy Nystrom and Christopher Jarmick, a writer who organizes and hosts two regularly scheduled monthly poetry readings in Kirkland and Seattle. Jarmick is also a former executive vice

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Northwest Bookfest - 2011  
Northwest Bookfest - 2011