I am a 63 year old former socialworker and shipyard electrician. I have written poetry since I was 13 and am interested in class in the poetry community, focusing on working class communication. One of 4 poets in Gaston, Oregon population 625.- a shipyard electrician for 17 years with a MSW acquired at 52 years of age, semi-retired activist. The last winner of the Portland, Artquake competition in the 90’s. and a winner of Washington State Poetry Assn. humorous poetry competition in the 90’s. Has been published in Stanza, NW Literary Review, Upper Left Edge, Tradeswomen’s Network Newsletter, Black Cat and Carcenogenic. Self-published Stray- Work chapbook in the 80′s and Work Poems in the 90′s- both chapbooks are now out of print. Read locally at 3Friends Coffeehouse, Forest Grove Writers Open Mics, Hillsboro’s Walters Art Center open mics. Has co-lead writing workshops at the Forest Grove Library.
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