Raul Sanchez named Poet-in-Residence for Burien Community Poetry Project


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Raul Sanchez – a Washington poet and translator – has been selected for Burien’s citizen-led Poet-in-Residence project.

Mr. Sanchez will visit Burien in early November, attend local events, and host a free, public writing workshop on Nov. 3 that is open to poets of all ages and experience levels.

Mr. Sanchez will write a poem in response to his time in Burien and share the work with community in December 2018 to close the city’s 25th anniversary.

Raul Sanchez’s collection of poetry “All Our Brown-Skinned Angels” was nominated for the Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He is a Washington State Associations of Poets board member, a Jack Straw Fellow, judge for the Poetry on Buses, and TEDx participant. An active mentor and teacher, Mr. Sanchez has led numerous writing workshops.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, poets and aspiring poets of all levels are invited to a public writing workshop taught by Raul Sanchez. Participants will explore the “poetry of place” and craft their own poem. The workshop is free and open to all. Register by emailing Erin Williamson at [email protected].

The Poet-in-Residence Project is the brainchild of Burien resident Erin Williamson, who believes that poetry can be a tool for productive civic dialogue. Questions about the project can be emailed to Erin at [email protected].

Here’s a TEDx talk Mr. Sanchez gave in 2014:

And him reading from his work “All Our Brown-Skinned Angels“:

The project received grant funding from Burien’s Art Commission and 4Culture.

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