James Bertolino and Dorothy Lemoult were our featured readers in July along with the amazing Community Micers including Hamish Todd, Laura Allen, David Fewster, Maja Peirce, Cheryl Latif, Moreah Vestan and Hank Hinnant.
James Bertolino’s poetry has received recognition through a Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards, and the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets.
He has had 12 volumes of poetry published, as well as numerous chapbooks. Recent volumes include Every Wound Has A Rhythm, 2012, published by World Enough Writers, and Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, 2014, from MoonPath Press. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and his MFA from Cornell University. Since 1965, he has had his poetry reprinted in 57 anthologies, including the WA129 anthology recently published by Sage Hill Press, and edited by Tod Marshall, Washington Poet Laureate.
He taught creative writing for 36 years at Cornell University, University of Cincinnati, Western Washington University and, in 2006, retired from a position as Writer-in-Residence at Willamette University in Oregon. He and his wife, poet and artist Anita Boyle, live on five acres near Bellingham, Washington.
Click Here to read several of James's poems
Dorothy Lemoult is a French American multi-disciplinary artist living in West Seattle. She came to poetry through the theatre. She has a BFA in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts and an MA in Drama Therapy from CIIS in San Francisco.
When not writing, she is a poetry therapist in training at the Institute for Poetic Medicine and works as an expressive arts psychotherapist at Shepherd's Counseling Services.
She is also the mother of a 4.5 year-old free spirit named Elliott (after the bay). Her poem, Emergent, was selected for the Poetry on Buses: Body of Water program.
Click Here to read some of Dorothy's poems.