Senior editor at Poetry Northwest to read at Linfield College

Keetje KuipersKeetje Kuipers, author of three books of poetry, will read a selection of her work on Tuesday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Nicholson Library at Linfield College.  

Her first book, “Beautiful in the Mouth,” was named one of the top ten debut poetry books of 2010 by Poets & Writers and appeared in the top ten on the contemporary poetry bestseller list. Her second collection, “The Keys to the Jail,” was a book club selection for The Rumpus. Most recently, her third book, “All Its Charms,” includes poems honored by publication in both “The Pushcart Prize” and “Best American Poetry” anthologies. 

Kuipers’ poems, essays and short stories have been published in more than 100 journals including Narrative, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Orion and The Believer. Her poems have also been featured as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series and read on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac.  

Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, called Kuipers’ poems, “daring, formally beautiful and driven by rich imagery and startling ideas.” 

Keetje currently teaches at Hugo House in Seattle and serves as senior editor at Poetry Northwest, where she is the author of the literary recipe mash-up “Line Cook” and curator of the series “On Failure.” She also is working on a novel set in Wyoming and a memoir about her seven months living in isolation with her wife and daughter on an island in the Salish Sea.  

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,  swhyte@linfield.edu.