Postponed - An Evening of Poetry with John Willson
This event is postponed until June 25th.
To kick-off National Poetry month, Bainbridge Island Treasure John Willson will launch his full-length collection of poems, Call This Room a Station on April 2 at 7:00 pm. This collection has been published by MoonPath Press of Tillamook, Oregon, which is dedicated to publishing the best in poetry from Pacific Northwest poets. Call This Room a Station is truly Island-grown, with a mixed-media cover image by Bainbridge visual artist Patty Rogers.
The poems were written over many years and are largely biographical. Their topics include the death of a father, a wife’s battle with breast cancer, and experiences from a one and a half year stay in Japan. Counting Theodore Roethke and Gary Snyder as primary influences, John considers himself a poet of nature whose work reflects lyric and narrative modes. Themes emerging in his work revolve around man, nature, religion, technology, art, love, memory, and death.
“John Willson’s poems are guides for wanderers. Such great tenderness and delicacy live in these lines, a softness of presence/absence in the rich fabric of birds, skies, highly attuned relationships woven through time. Mysterious maps of ancestral legacy vibrate as a low hum—people who birthed us, poets who birthed our souls, and the infinite winding roads—with so many meaningful points on the compass, so many homes.” ~ Naomi Shihab Nye
A thirty-five year Bainbridge Island resident, and a twenty-nine year extraordinary bookseller at Eagle Harbor Book Co., John is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Artist Trust of Washington, and the King County Arts Commission. A two-time finalist in the National Poetry Series, he still lives with his wife Kim on Bainbridge, where he has been designated an Island Treasure for outstanding contributions to arts in the community. Many of you will also know John for his work with the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District, teaching the Poetry Writing Workshop since 1992. This video profile of John Willson was created when he was awarded the 2014 Island Treasure recipient.