Benedictine Reading Room
March 16, 2017

LACEY, Wash. – Members of the Olympia Poetry Network will share their works at a Poetry Reading from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the O’Grady Library Reading Room on the Saint Martin’s University campus. The reading is sponsored by the dean’s office of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, English Department and Writing Center.

"We are excited to host the Olympia Poetry Network's reading at Saint Martin's University. OPN is a leading arts organization in the area with a 25-year history of supporting the best of poetry in the South Sound,” says Associate Prof. of English Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis, Ph.D., director of Saint Martin’s Writing Center and an Olympia Poetry Network board member. “Each poet on the board will be reading their work and introducing Saint Martin's to the unique eclecticism of imagery and sound in poetry emerging from the Pacific Northwest.”

Besides Kuroiwa-Lewis, board members Bill Yake, Joanne Clarkson, Cynthia Pratt and Terri Cohlene will read their poetry. The public is invited to attend the reading, which is free of charge. Light appetizers and beverages will be served, and the Network will showcase its poetry books available for purchase. Kuroiwa-Lewis says the network sponsors guest readings by featured poets and an open mic each month. It also hosts workshops, and in the past, has sponsored poetry-writing contests. Information about the Olympia Poetry Network and a schedule of readings is available at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic¬tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For more information:

Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis, Ph.D.
Prof. of English; Writing Center Director

Deanna Partlow