On Saturday, October 10th, at 5pm, Sam Hamill will be reading from his newly-released collected poems, Habitation, at the Vashon Bookshop, 17612 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA 98070.
Hamill is the author of more than forty books of poetry and essays, including celebrated translations from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Latin. He is founding editor of Copper Canyon Press, taught in artist-in-residency programs in both schools and prisons, worked extensively with domestic violence programs, directed the Port Townsend Writers conference for nine years, and in 2003, after refusing an invitation to the White House, founded Poets Against War. As Hayden Carruth once wrote, “No one—I mean no one ever—has done the momentous work of presenting poetry better than Sam Hamill. His poetry is no less than essential.”
In conjunction with the reading, the adjoining Vashon Tea Shop will offer a tasting of Japanese teas from 4-5pm. Calligrapher Kaj Wyn Berry has selected one of Hamill’s translations of haiku from the poet Basho to greet islanders along the highway.
The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Contact me for more information.