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Ann Spiers
Vashon Island Inaugural Poet Laureate
Writer, Naturalist

News! Out in 2021 from Black Heron Press Back Cut a full-length cycle of poems

    Introduction: “In falling a tree, the initial deep undercut is wedge shaped. This cut determines the direction of fall. Opposite and higher than the initial cut is the back cut, the first of the felling cuts. The labor varies with tree, axe or saw, and with the crew’s strength and smarts.

     These poems detail the ocean edge of Washington State immediately after WWII and after the forest’s big cut and last commercial razor clam digs when folks eked out a living on the dwindling supply of these natural resources.

     This is a love story.”

Event Updates

Reading: Soul Food Via Zoom

7 p.m., Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

Linera Lucas and Ann Spiers plus Open Mic

Reading: Earth Day

Rescheduled for April 2021

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

Reading: It’s About Time Series

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Woman Turning
Artist: Bolinas Frank

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

Reading: Tsuga

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

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

Reading: Vashon Poets

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Reading: Phoenix Tea Shop

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

Rescheduled for July 2021

Vashon Poets Take the Stage Poets in the Park, Redmond “Vashon: Island of 1000 Poets”

Past Events

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