Hovering between 45 and 55º Fahrenheit, the waters of Puget Sound seldom welcome even the most intrepid swimmer, and June is most commonly known as Junuary. Coffee isn’t the only counter-measure. Meet Poetry Northwest: a literary hot springs with an illustrious history. Richard Hugo and Carolyn Kizer left their imprint on the magazine, and David Wagoner ably edited it for 36 years, until 2002. After a three year hiatus, David Biespiel revived the journal in 2006, and Kevin Craft (since 2010) is its current editor. Poetry Northwest’s web presence, unbounded by geography, includes snapshots from the print edition of the magazine and notes from a literary community in lively conversation.
*Throughout Poetry Month 32 Poems will use this space to praise presses, journals, and readings series that bring poetry to us in a special way. Our hope is that we can point new fans in their direction and publicly thank editors and curators for their work. Check in with us again tomorrow for another poet’s recommendation.
Carol Light’s first book, Heaven from Steam, will be published in 2013 by Able Muse Press. Her poems have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Poetry Northwest, American Life in Poetry, Literary Bohemian, and elsewhere. She lives with her family in Port Townsend, Washington.