Rena Priest

Rena Priest (Lummi) served two years as Washington State’s 6th Poet Laureate (2021-2023). Her work has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the Allied Arts Foundation, Academy of American Poets, Indigenous Nations Poets, University of Washington Libraries, and Nia Tero. She is the author of three books and editor of two anthologies, including The Larger Voice: Celebrating the Work of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows. Her work can be found in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Verse Daily,, High Country News, YES! Magazine, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more at

2024 Presenters

Erica Bauermeister

Rena Priest

Jessica Gigot

Cami Ostman

Becky Mandelbaum

Kim Hudson

William Kenower

Priscilla Long

Brooke Warner

Sati Mookherjee

Elaina Ellis

Melissa Johnson

Thor Hanson

Grant Faulkner

Paul Hanson

Amanda Stubbert

Scott Eagan

Chloe Hovind

Lisa Dailey

Stephanie Dethlefs


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