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Ann Spiers
Vashon Island Inaugural Poet Laureate
Writer, Naturalist


News! Rain Violent, poetry from Empty Bowl Press. Poet: Ann Spiers and Calligrapher: Bolinas Frank. Available late June 2021.

Unlike Covid-19, climate crisis steps through our landscape largely unheralded.

Ann Spiers’ full-length book of poems, Rain Violent, views the earth and its creatures in climate crisis’ smaller gestures. Each page holds a four-line poem paired with an International Weather Symbol. The symbols inject the poems with a counterpoint, a link to specific climate phenomena. These weather symbols are used globally by citizen scientists and weather professionals to visually record local weather conditions.

For Rain Violent, artist Bolinas Frank drew the International Weather Symbols with a brush, then digitally forged a font to use in printing the book.

Order from Empty Bowl Press http://www.emptybowl.org or your local bookshop 78 pp. paperback, ISBN 978-1-7341873-9-7, $16 See annspiers.com or linktr.ee/Bolinas


News! Back Cut, Sept. 6, 2021, poetry from Black Heron Press a full-length cycle of poems. Available Sept. 6, 2021.

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.

Husband and wife present monologues detailing the stress and joy of living on the edge of their own comfort, of their community’s interaction, of their bonding, and of the large ocean and woods.

This is a love story.

Razor Clam Digging

News! Harpoon, chapbook, Ravenna Press’s 3×3 series in 2021

Salt Flats, Baja Mexico

Other meets Other. Words lost in translation. Figs and tongue and Cheetos eaten. Hunted are Grey whale in Scammon’s Lagoon; butterflies in the mangrove; big-horn sheep on Tres Virgenes volcano.


News! Mondays at Three/Portage celebrates Vashon’s haiku group.

Colophon: These haiku are selected from 17 years of monthly meetings on Vashon Island, Puget Sound. This chapbook is our second collection. The first, Mondays at Three, Paradise Cove was printed in 2003, the haiku chosen from our first five years of meetings. To date, we have shared our haiku for 22 years. This year in March 2020, the pandemic arrived. We abide by Governor Inslee’s mantra: Wash your hands; Wear a mask; Stay at home. We meet virtually on Zoom, each of us to our own square on-screen. Creating and sharing our haiku sustain us. As did our 2003 collection, this chapbook uses the design created by Mike Feinstein. This year,  we chose vivid red for the cover and glacial white for the paper. The font is again Sabon. We didn’t meet to fold the covers and stitch the binding as we did in 2003. Sequestered, each at home, we accomplished those exacting and meditative tasks.     This is number __1___ of __52__

News! For manuscript Rain Violent, artist Bolinas Frank completes Weather Station Symbols matched with Ann’s poems.


Event Updates

Reading: Earth Day, April 2021Date/Time posted later

Northwind Gallery, Port Townsend Reading and Discussion with Rob Lewis, Ann, and others.

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 spiers@centurytel.net

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