By Janette Turner
For the local literary crowd, September is the start of indoor sports, aka reading and writing. To officially acknowledge the wordy season, the Edmonds Literary Series kicks off at the library on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with a talk by authors Marcia Woodard and Jessica Star Rockers. To get the scoop, Amanda Laughtland of EdCC filled us in on the free literary series.
My Edmonds News: Could you please tell us about the speakers for Thursday evening?
A.L.: Jessica Star Rockers is a writer and musician who lives on Bainbridge Island. She’s also a talented designer and editor–I first met her several years ago through her (now defunct) literary magazine, “The Strange Fruit,” and she’s also done design and editing work for “Crab Creek Review.”
Local writers likely know Marcia Woodard through her nonfiction workshops with the Write on the Sound conference and her writing classes at Edmonds Community College. Her nonfiction essays about Basenjis appear regularly in the American Kennel Club’s “Gazette.” She’s published a small book of essays, “Collected Kona,” and she’s at work on a new nonfiction project about a house fire which occurred at her Edmonds home.
My Edmonds News: Could you please tell us who should come to the Thursday evening event?
A.L.: The Edmonds Literary Series is intended by its partners at the Edmonds Library, Edmonds Arts Commission, EPIC, and Edmonds Community College for all who love reading and writing. We try to include a special component for writers by asking visiting writers to share a writing exercise and/or writing tips, but you don’t need to be a writer to attend! For this week’s event, we’ll have time to enjoy a reading from each of our guests, and then we’ll leave with ideas about a new technique or two to do a bit of writing at home.
By the way, the series was renamed to reflect the many Edmonds-based organizations who work in partnership produce the series, in addition to EPIC (Edmonds Prose|Poetry Interactive Community).
My Edmonds News: Anything else that folks should know?
A.L.: Just arrive a little before 6:30 to get all settled in for an enjoyable reading, and bring a pen and a notepad if you’d like!
Editor’s note: Keep up-to-date on upcoming free writing classes and literary events at www.epicliteraryseries.com.