This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite emerging voices in poetry, Hannah Gamble. Hannah was kind enough to take part in our live show for A River & Sound Review. I’ve been a fan of her work since reading her prize-winning debut “Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast” (which I reviewed here) and can honestly say she is as engaging, open, insightful, and funny as her poetry implies.
I know there is so much more to say about the show and literary citizenship, about volunteering for a nonprofit literary journal and our new partnership with the Puyallup Public Library (they made this whole event possible and for that we owe many thanks.) I know I can speak to the importance of the creative arts in the community and what it can do to help create a better society at large.
But sometimes it just comes down to one person meeting another person and not being disappointed. To have the chance to shake their hand upon meeting, to embrace them before they leave.
(And perhaps to get them to sign their name and draw a heart on your chest.)