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Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

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Rena Priest is a poet and concerned citizen. Her first book, "Patriarchy Blues," was released on MoonPath Press in May of 2017. She is presently working on a new collection of poems and a novel. Her work has appeared in the anthologies, "Nine Lives Later," and "Noisy Waters," as well as in literary journals and mixed media exhibits. She has been a featured reader in the "Distinguished Writers Series" in Tacoma, and the "Perfect Sense" reading series in New York City, as well as at social and environmental justice events such as "Writer’s Resist, and Kwel’ Hoy: We draw the line!" She is a Lummi tribal member and holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Denise Low, former Kansas Poet Laureate, is award-winning author of 30 books of prose and poetry. She blogs, reviews, and co-publishes Mammoth Publications, which specializes in Indigenous American authors. "American Book Review" wrote of her "Jackalope" (Red Mountain Press 2016), short stories: “an engaging and humorous read, one that reveals a great deal about the parallel, contemporary Native America that exists and thrives in ways largely invisible to many other Americans.” Recent poetry books are "A Casino Bestiary" (Spartan Press) and "Mélange Block," poetry based on geologic structures and mixed-blood experiences (Red Mountain Press 2014). Low is author of over 25 books. She posts commentary about poets and writers on her blog. Members of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs elected her to the national board in 2008-13, and she served as president of the AWP board 2011-2012. The Poetry Foundation selected samples of her work for its site, where she is listed among Native American poets.