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Join CALYX Poets on 4/23, 7 p.m. @ Imagine Coffee in Corvallis, OR!

Tammy Robacker

CALYX, Inc. is hosting a poetry in honor of National Poetry Month called, “The Poetry is Political” (TPIP). The event will feature poets sharing poems about identity and the different ways that poetry can be political. We will feature each poet with a blog post leading up to the event.

Meet our third featured poet, Tammy Robacker. Keep an eye out for the next few posts this week!

Tammy Robacker served as Poet Laureate of Tacoma, WA in 2010-11 and she is a 2011 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence award winner. In 2009, Ms. Robacker published her first collection of poetry, The Vicissitudes, with the generous support of a TAIP artist grant award. Tammy’s poetry has appeared in Canopic Jar, Duende, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review, WomenArts, Comstock Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Cascadia Review. Currently enrolled in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University, Tammy is working on a second poetry collection and lives in Oregon.


Why is poetry political for you?

Poetry is political for me because it is a place of freedom to describe what is just or unjust in our world. By using words, ideas, language and emotion to convey what the human heart cherishes or rails against, poetry becomes a kind of power.

-Tammy Robacker