Elizabeth Austen, current poet laureate for Washington, will kick off the spring series for Poetry in the Harbor, a program of weekly readings and workshops by regional poets held in the Gig Harbor Pierce County library. The series runs at 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning April 2.
Austen, who works at Seattle Children’s Hospital and offers reflective writing workshops there for staff, is a Seattle poet whose laureate term runs 2014-16. She programs poetry for public radio station KUOW, and her debut collection, “Every Dress a Decision,” was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She also teaches at Richard Hugo House and is a frequent performer at local poetry festivals.
Coming up in the series are poets Tim Sherry (April 23) and Kevin Miller (April 30) of Tacoma; Miller also will offer a workshop 9 a.m.-12 p.m. April 25.
All programs are free. The library is at 4424 Point Fosdick Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-548-3305, piercecountylibrary.org.