This event is the first in a series called Bainbridge Open Mic at BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network), hosted by Michele Bombardier, Bainbridge Island Poet Laureate. This event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome.

Kathryn Smith’s poetry is deeply rooted in the natural world, often wrestling with humans’ relationship to the environment and examining what it means to live in this precarious Anthropocene moment. Kathryn Smith’s most recent poetry collection, Self-Portrait with Cephalopod, was a finalist for the 2022 Washington State Book Award. She grew up on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and currently lives in Spokane. She is the Bloedel Reserve Creative Resident in January 2023 and is currently working on her next book. 

Signup for the open mic will start at 6:45 p.m. at BARN. Poets will be asked to keep their readings to four minutes or less. This free event is sponsored by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, the city of Bainbridge Island, Bloedel Reserve, and BARN.