PLU Poetry Week (April 25-30)
Original poems written and recited by Pacific Lutheran University faculty, students and alumni.
Princess Reese majored in anthropology and women’s and gender studies at PLU. She now works for MDC’s College Bound Program as an assistant youth education adviser at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School.
Tad Monroe graduated from PLU in 1997, double majoring in communication and history. He serves as an organizational development and neighborhood revitalization consultant for Habitat for Humanity International and is the co-founder of a live storytelling series called “The Drunken Telegraph.”
Rick Barot is the director of PLU’s MFA in creative writing program and is an associate professor in the PLU English Department. He has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize; and Chord (2015), which was awarded the University of North Texas Rilke Prize. Barot also was recently awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Cornelia Kjaernes is a senior English major from Oslo, Norway. After graduating this spring, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in philosophy. She also is a writer for Shoe Print Magazine, an online publication that is scheduled to launch in 2017.
Internationally known by his stage name, Grynch, John Overlie ’08 is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most accomplished hip-hop artists. The PLU history major has been featured in Billboard Magazine, performed throughout the United States and Europe, and toured and collaborated with a number of independent and mainstream hip-hop heavyweights, including Warren G, Brother Ali, Macklemore and Atmosphere.
Anna Sieber is a senior English and social work double major from Salem, Oregon. While at PLU, she has written for The Mast, served on Residence Hall Council, worked as an ambassador for the Office of Admission and volunteered at nearby Keithley Middle School.