Poet Judith Roche to curate 2008 Jack Straw Writers Program

January 9, 2008

Jack Straw Productions has selected award-winning poet Judith Roche as the curator of the 2008 Jack Straw Writers Program. As curator, Roche will select the 12 participants in the upcoming cycle of the annual Writers Program, who will be announced in February 2008, and she will participate in a variety of public events, development trainings, and activities with the writers at Jack Straw’s recording studio.

“I have enormous respect for Judith as a poet, teacher, and literary advocate,” said Joan Rabinowitz, executive director of Jack Straw Productions and founder of the Jack Straw Writers Program. “We are honored to have her as this year’s curator. Our writers and our program will benefit dramatically from Judith’s creativity and leadership.”

Judith Roche, an alumnus of the 2001 Jack Straw Writers Program, is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Wisdom of the Body, won an American Book Award. She has edited a number of poetry anthologies and has worked in collaboration with visual artists on several public art projects which are installed in the Northwest area. She is Literary Arts Director Emeritus for One Reel, a Seattle-based arts presenter, and teaches poetry workshops. She was Distinguished Northwest Writer in Residence at Seattle University in 2007 and is a Fellow in the Black Earth Institute.

Each year the Writers Program culminates in May with a series of readings featuring the new writers and hosted by the curator. This year’s May Reading Series will take place:

Thursday, May 15, 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 21, 7:30pm
Thursday, May 29, 7:30pm

The readings cost a suggested donation of $5, and audience members receive a complimentary copy of the Jack Straw Writers Anthology.

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