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Vincent Rendoni

Vincent Antonio Rendoni (he / him / his) is a Seattle-based poet and writer. He is the winner of Blue Earth Review’s 2021 Annual Flash Fiction Contest. He is a contributor to What They Leave Behind: A Latinx Anthology. His work has appeared / will be appearing in the Texas Review, Juked, Fiction Southeast, Sky Island Journal, Door is a Jar, and more. He received his BA from Western Washington University and MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. He has previously taught poetry and fiction in the Allegheny County Jail as part of the Words Without Walls program in Pittsburgh, PA. His work focuses on the intersection of family, truth, death, and the mixed-race/Latinx experience.

2024 Jack Straw Alumni Poetry Series:

This award-winning debut looks at a family of swindlers, low-rent mystics, and used car salesmen as they attempt to outrun the inevitable. Taking place over a century across Mexico, Texas, and Washington State, it blends the Latin-American folktale tradition with breakbeat poetics to deliver a fresh take on culture, death, and the joy to be had in joyless times.

Sexually Explicit Skywriting (Excerpt)

But before you bring my life
to its ignoble end,
let me just say this:

There are only so many good years left in our bodies.

Think of what we’re able to do now.

The things we can’t later.

I know, I am so morbid!

So let’s say yes & shout our intentions
for when we are willing, when we can & say yes.

Take all the time you need to think.

But not too much.

Look up.

Nothing is written.

There’s time.

2022 Writers Program

Sound Clips
  • Vincent Rendoni, holding a page and standing at a microphone, wearing headphones.
    A Grito Contest in the Afterlife - Vincent Rendoni
Education Projects
A student reads from a sheet of paper while Vincent Rendoni looks on.

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Announcing Summit Sound, a public audio gallery at the Seattle Convention Center

December 19, 2023

Jack Straw is thrilled to announce Summit Sound, an audio gallery at the new Seattle Convention Center Summit Building on Pine St. Summit Sound was envisioned by the SCC Art Program as “an outdoor space where residents and visitors can immerse themselves in one of our region’s revered creative disciplines–sound.” As the new home to […]

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Wooden bench and platform adjacent to a glass and metal building in the background. Speakers mounted on black columns over the bench.

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The 2022 Jack Straw May Reading Series

April 26, 2022

Join us in person or online, as the Jack Straw Reading Series continues for the 26th year, with a series of readings featuring new poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from the 2022 Jack Straw Writers. Poet and program curator Michael Schmeltzer will host three readings with the writers, in person in the studio and streamed […]

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Grid of the 2022 Jack Straw Writers: Ally Ang, Katharine Strange, Jory Mickelson, Danielle Hayden, Julie Feng, Helen Anderson, Jessica Gigot, Emily Parzybok, Vincent Rendoni, Erin Langner, Carrie Beyer, and Ruth Schemmel

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