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2020 Vadon Foundation Fellowship for Native Artists

YES! Vector

The Kind of Heroes We Need... by Rena Priest


WHAT TO READ WHEN YOUR CITY HASN’T HELD SPACE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY BY KRISTEN MILLARES YOUNG November 13th, 2020 "Sublime Subliminal" gets a shoutout in this excellent edition of "What to Read" at The Rumpus.

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Billy Collins reads "The Index" at 7:42


"The Index" by Rena Priest featured in Poem-a-Day on Wednesday, 11/4/20 at


Adventures Northwest | September 2020 Saving the Salish Sea Salmon by Rena Priest


Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award 2020 Winner | Rena Priest


Nautilus Magazine | September 2020 Reciprocity in the Age of Extinction by Rena Priest "It is only very recently that, as a global species, we have stopped practicing equal give-and-take relationships with the planet's nonhuman communities."


"The following essay by Rena Priest is part of Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, a new collection edited by Kristen Millares Young. In it, a host of locals—Jourdan Imani Keith, Claudia Castro Luna, Charles Johnson, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Tim Egan, Wei-Wei Lee, Anastacia-Reneé, Dujie Tahat, and Ken Workman—delve into what Seattle’s UNESCO City of Literature designation means. Seattle Public Library hosts a virtual release celebration on September 15 at 7pm." —Stefan Milne

Psaltery & Lyre

The Psaltery & Lyre | April 2020 "The Pandemic Pages (Excerpt)" by Rena Priest Nominated for 2020 Best of the Net

High Country News, April 2020

High Country News April 2020 | A Captive Orca and a Chance for Our Redemption by Rena Priest "An orca’s brain has the tissue and structure necessary to support high-order thinking and complex processes such as language, self-awareness and consciousness of visceral feelings, like empathy, embarrassment and loneliness."

For Love of Orcas (Anthology)

Edited by poets Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson, the anthology features poetry, essays, and environmental writing from more than ninety esteemed authors.

Jack Straw Writers Program

Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from the fellows in the 2019 Jack Straw Writers Program, hosted by program curator Kathleen Flenniken. Friday, May 3, 7pm Dianne Aprile, Shankar Narayan, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, and Rena Priest Friday, May 10, 7pm Samar Abulhassan, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, and Michael Schmeltzer Friday, May 17, 7pm Josh Axelrad, Gabrielle Bates, Putsata Reang, and Suzanne Warren Jack Straw New Cultural Center 4261 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, 98105

Inland Poetry Prowl

Inland Poetry Prowl April 6 2019 8-8:59-ish PM • Gallery One, 408 N Pearl. A Bouquet of Flame––radiant poems that promise to light up our stage, featuring Rena Priest, Gyorgyi Voros, & WA State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. Host: Xavier Cavazos.

Speakeasy 23

Poetry & Democracy March 2, 2019 | 7:00 pm Mt. Baker Theater, Encore Room


Flagrant Delicto | Rena Priest Posted by PONTOONPOETRY on NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Open Books Reading

MoonPath Press Reading November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm This reading features poets Carol Levin, Lorraine Ferra, Risa Denenberg, Alice Derry, Raul Sanchez, Rena Priest, Connie K Walle, Ronda Piszk Broatch, and Chris Jarmick.

American Book Award Press Release

The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Thirty-Ninth Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS Ceremonies, October 28, 2018, 12:00–2:30 p.m.

Sublime Subliminal

Sublime Subliminal on Floating Bridge Press! Come to the launch: Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 3:00pm The Elliott Bay Book Co. 1521 Tenth Avenue Seattle, WA 98122


Published on October 15, 2018 RENA PRIEST Real to Reel


October 11th | 6pm, Café Solstice 925 E Thomas St Seattle, WA 98102 Northwest poets Michele Bombardier (Bainbridge Island), Brittney Corrigan (Portland), Clare Johnson (Seattle), and Rena Priest (Bellingham) share poetry honed in and beyond the halls of the schoolhouse residency near Mt. Rainier.


Literary Event of the Week: Three Lit Crawl itineraries "...for an evening with No Platform for White Men, begin at Cafe Solstice, where Nicole Hardy, Michele Bombardier, Brittney Corrigan, SRoB columnist Clare Johnson, and Rena Priest will celebrate Mineral School."

Poets in the Park

Poets in the Park 2018 Saturday, 7 July 2018, 11 am to 6 pm — FREE! (Details to come) Anderson Park | 7802 168th Ave NE | Redmond, Washington


Her + her + her: Female Native authors for your reading list | by Tracy Rector | March 8, 2018 "Let’s claim visibility and fill social media platforms, the airwaves, news, schools, blogs, libraries and our personal shelves with the likes of Terese Marie Mailhot, Sara Marie Ortiz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Elissa Washuta, Tazbah Chavez, Joy Harjo, Louise Erdrich, Storme Webber, Debra Magpie Earling, Tiffany Midge, Heid Erdrich, Jenni Monet, Rena Priest and so many more."

Shepard Express

Poet Explores Those Old 'Patriarchy Blues' at Woodland Pattern (Review)

Sweet Tree Review

Poetry by Rena Priest "Indistinct Features" "Canadian Tuxedo"

Sugar Coated

May 11th @ 6 pm - 8 pm. Location: Bruna Press + Archives, 221 Prospect Street, Bellingham Free event. Sponsored by Community Food Co-op Reading by Rena Priest: "All Consuming: Reflections on Resource Consumption and Hunger" Workshop by Leika Suzumura: "Sugar-Coated History" Connecting the dots between sugar, colonialism, and health disparity today.

Woodland Pattern

May 2nd. Reading with Denise Low and Rena Priest | Wednesday, May 2 | 7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

SpeakEasy 21

SpeakEasy 21: Poets Talk Poetry will feature seven distinguished poets reflecting on their own work, their inspirations, and the importance of poetry in their lives. The poets are Bruce Beasley, Ramona Elke, Jory Mickelson, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Dayna Patterson, and Rena Priest. Please join us on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room of the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and the poets’ books will be for sale.

Poetry About Movies

POETRY ABOUT MOVIES Come celebrate film and language (visual and written), through the poetry of Dee Dee Chapman, Rena Priest, and Susan J. Erickson. This event is all-ages and free, with donations to Film Is Truth welcome and greatly appreciated. April 17, 2018 | 7:30 | Honey Moon Meadery

Mount Holyoke College Club of the Puget Sound Writing Group

Mount Holyoke College Club of the Puget Sound Writing Group | March 24, 2018 Writing Retreat Facilitator | Review: "Rena Priest was professional and gave us practical, specific techniques to handle difficult material. The exercises she provided were actual springboards for writing both essays and poetry. You can leap off from her exercises to create work. The workshop was very useful to non-poets, too, for accessing difficult topics..."

RASP: Redmond Association of Spokenw

Mark your calendars for these dates, too! Featured readers for 2018 Rena Priest Rena Priest (poet, performer)—February 23, 2018 Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

On-Air Launch

Hollow Earth Radio Central District Fri., Nov. 10, 8-10 p.m. 2017 All Ages readings in support of local poet Rena Priest's recently published collection, Patriarchy Blues. Head to the studio to listen in person, or tune in on the channel's live stream (or tune in on 104.9 FM).

Meet a Resident

Meet a Resident: Rena Priest Posted November 3, 2017 - 8:34 pm

9 Lives Later Launch Party

Join us for the reading and release party for Nine Lives Live: a Dead Cat Anthology. Local writer Dee Dee Chapman presents this unique collection of poetry and fiction from across the county which embraces the unusual motif with sincerity, honest grief, humor, and love. Featuring readings by local writers Jessica Lee, Rena Priest, Duncan Shields, Luther Allen, Malcolm Kenyon, Nancy Canyon, and Dee Dee Chapman.


Please join us: Sunday, October 15th Foss Waterway Seaport 705 Dock St, Tacoma 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Verse Daily

July 15th 2017: Today's poem is by Rena Priest

Chuckanut Writer's Conference

Chuckanut Writer's Conference 2017 When / Where: Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 2017 Whatcom Community College 237 W. Kellogg Road Bellingham, WA 98226 I'm very pleased to be teaching a course and sitting on a panel at this year's Chuckanut Writer's Conference. The workshop I will be teaching, "Writing off-topic," will explore experiences or events that seem too big to write about. Click image for more info on this year's CWC faculty and more.

MoonPath Press

MoonPath Press has accepted Patriarchy Blues for publication. MoonPath Press (an imprint of Concrete Wolf) is dedicated to publishing the very best poetry collections by U.S. Northwest Pacific states authors -- poets residing in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and extreme Northern California (north of San Francisco Bay).

Seattle Crypticon

A short horror-comedy film directed by Ben Beckel plays May 5th at Seattle's Crypticon. Cast: Natalie Fedak, Tristan Olsen, Rena Priest, Leon Charbonneau, Glenn Nelson Bristow, Paul Beckel.

Book Review

Contemplations of desire — both succumbed to and thwarted – carry on in poems titled “Lament for the Love of Bunny,” “Pink Frosted Cake,” and “Desire is a Scissor” (“unraveled into a dazzle”). Meanwhile, “Billboard Dream Girl’s Waking Life,” “Window Dressings” and “Nail Salon” provide searing critiques of our society’s most cynical commodifications of desire. Pungent observations and skillful use of language abound in “Patriarchy Blues.”

Mother's Day Reading

Mother's Day event in the Big Rock Garden Park. The event will be held on Sunday, May 14th, from 1-4pm. Lineup: 1:30 Linda Conroy 1:45 Betty Scott 2:00 Alexander Kinczel 2:15 Rena Priest 2:30 Kathleen McKeever 2:45 Nancy Canyon 3:00 Shannon Laws (closing)

Mineral School Residency

2017 Residencies Announced! I'm honored to be counted as one of eight Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship recipients.

Stand and Resist

Imani Sims, Rena Priest, Nahaan, Robert Lashley, Dana Lyons and Julie Trimmingham perform Wednesday, March 29th at 7 pm in Bellingham at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street. The event is hosted by, with Tracy Rector as emcee. There will be a reception at the Sylvia Center for the Arts following the performances.

First Friday at the Co-op

Art, Entertainment, Food! Friday, February 3rd at the Downtown Bellingham Food Co-op, from 6-8pm. Yummy.

Writers Resist

Literary readers will alternate with speakers representing groups particularly affected by our current political climate: Tiana Kahakauwila, Rena Priest, spoken word artist Elaina Ellis and prison population advocate Chris Hoke will read from their literary work, while Edward Alexander of Whatcom Peace and Justice, Beth Hartsoch of Pantsuit Bellingham, a Lummi Nation Elder and Sameer Ahmed will talk about how to protect our community and keep it inclusive and representing our values.

The Lab Assistant (Released 11/28/16

A gripping tale of one woman's enduring love for her pet and their fateful encounter with a shady vet. Written and directed by Ben Beckel. Starring Natalie Fedak, Tristan Olsen, Rena Priest, Leon Charbonneau, Glen Nelson Bristow and Paul Beckel. Released 11/28/16

Fuse Poetry and Art

Friday, September 2, 2016, 7 PM - 9 PM, join us at Basic Space Gallery for our second FUSE event. The show is titled Modern Moods. Listen to these luminous poets, and wander the gallery to learn more about Edyta Salak's incredible work. Featured poets: Alex Vigue, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Taylor Pedroza, and Rena Priest.

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