State Library to host Poet Meets Poet event Nov. 29

News Release
Issued: November 21, 2012

OLYMPIA...Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and National Student Poet Miles Hewitt of Vancouver will share their talents at a Nov. 29 Poet Meets Poet event in Olympia.   

The free 90-minute gathering, sponsored by the Washington State Library, starts at 6 p.m. in the Legislative Building’s Columbia Room (located on the first floor), on the Capitol Campus. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Gov. Gregoire last February approved Flenniken’s appointment as State Poet Laureate.

Flenniken grew up in Richland. Later she worked at Hanford as an engineer. Her book, Plume, in which she reflects on Hanford, was recently chosen for the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series and is a featured book for the State Library’s Washington Reads program.

Hewitt recently was named West Region National Student Poet. He is one of five students across the nation to receive the honor. Hewitt is a senior at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. A writer since the third grade, he eventually turned to songwriting, penning over 100 songs.

For more information about the event, media can contact the State Library’s Marilyn Lindholm at (360) 704-5249 or For more information about the Washington State Library, visit

The State Library is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.