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Ann Spiers
Vashon Island Inaugural Poet Laureate
Writer, Naturalist

News! Black Heron Press will publish Back Cut, a full length cycle of poems in 2021

Events We’ll reschedule soon

Cancelled Alas! Reading: It’s About Time Series

Woman Turning
Artist: Bolinas Frank

6 to 7:45 p.m., Thursday March 12, 2020, Ballard Public Library, Seattle. Featured readers+ Ann) + Open Mic

Cancelled Alas! Alas! Reading: Tsuga

7 p.m., Sat. March 14, Tsuga Fine Art and Frame, 10101 Main St., Bothell

Featured readers Griffith H. Williams + Ann Spiers + Open Mic

Rescheduled Reading: Vashon Poets

Rescheduled to 6-8 p.m. Fri. May 22, 2020 Paper Boat Booksellers, 6040 California Ave. Seattle

Reading: Phoenix Tea Shop

7 p.m. Fri. April 3, 2020. 447 SW 152nd, Burien.
Featured Readers: Oliver Amatist + Ann + Open Mic

Cancelled Oh Alas!

Reading: Earth Day

7 to 8:30, Thursday, April 9, 2020 Northwind Gallery, Port Townsend Reading and Discussion with Rob Lewis and Ann.

Rob Lewis: “Our notion of wilderness is marked by the absence of fences.” Ann Spiers: “In your hands, bird bones again learn flight.”

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Indian Paintbrush, Inholder on bluffs of Dalco Point, Vashon Isand

Vashon Poets Take the Stage

July 25, 2020 Poets in the Park, Redmond, “Vashon: Island of 1000 Poets”

Summer/Autumn 2020

Oct 15, 2020, Soul Food, Linera Lucas + Ann Spiers + Open Mic

Book Launch: Anthology

Heart of Vashon: Sharing our Stories in Pictures and Words

6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, Vashon Book Shop

Editors Barbara Gustafson and Laurie Stewart

From Ann’s poem
Next to you, the soft forms are ghosts
hunched over, digging with sticks,
filling baskets with clams.

Radio Reading

Poetry reading on Vintage J&B,  Radio VOV at KVSH 101.9FM, Tues. May 27, 2019, 1:45-2:15 p.m.

Mr. Capone’s Iris Ink

Two Readings for Vashon LitCon

A 4-day celebration of Literary Arts at Vashon Center for the Arts and other Vashon Island venues. April 11-14. 19600 Vashon Hwy SW.

Lit Crawl, Friday, April 12, 2019, 2-5 p.m Venues in Vashon Town

Reading, Saturday, April 13, 5:30-6:15, Kay White Hall, Poems for the Planet: Elegy and Witness Featured Reading, Ann joins Holly Hughes.

On Exhibit 

March 2019 Volcano Blue, Artist Book, May Day Press

Design/Letterpress: Catherine Michaelis, Linoleum cuts: Kim Newall, Poems: Ann Spiers.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) Free

Volcano Blue, May Day Press

Poetry Reading & Open Mic

What is it Then Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy    

March 27, 6 p.m. Vashon Book Shop

Academy of American Poets celebrates Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday by inviting communities to host readings with Whitman’s line “What is it then between us?” as inspiration. Ann joins Jessika Satori, Linera Lucas, Yvonne Leach, Sandra Noel, Hunter Davis, Lynn Carrigan with Myrna Hecht, Vashon Poet Laureate emceeing.

Poetry + Photography/ Reading + Art Opening and Reading

Lexicon of Light

Opening: Friday, April 5, 2019, 6 p.m. Photographers and Poets.

Reading: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7-8 p.m. Photographers with comments and Poets with poems that inspired the photographers.

Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon Island.

19600 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon Island.

Conference etc. Meet-ups 2019

To meet-up at conferences, email Ann at

Whiteley Center, Friday Harbor Labs, San Juan Island Feb. 24-March 6, 2020

Seattle, Suzan Cascadia, Seattle University, Feb. 13-14, 2020

Seattle, Judith Roach Memorial, Hugo House, Feb. 23, 2020.

Portland, AGU, May 14, 15, 2019

Portland AWP, March 27-30, 2019