Kinnell's Korner? -- Man, some weeks there is literally so much going on that we have to park some items deserving of an entire story into this overcrowded, disorganized closet of ephemera known as "Buzz Bin." Such is the case with poet Galway Kinnell, who is coming to WSU on Wednesday. Kinnell is something of a giant in poetry circles. He has won the Pulitzer and the National Book Award for his Selected Poems, and in addition to his impressive body of work (including the volumes Imperfect Thirst, Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock, and Mortal Acts, Mortal Words), he is a widely respected instructor of creative writing at New York University. Noted for his quietly staccato rhythms, reverence for nature and emphasis on the rewards of solitude, Kinnell is a frequent visiting poet on the college and university lecture circuit. His visit to WSU is Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 pm in the Todd Hall Auditorium. Call: 509-335-6846
Goin' for the Bronze -- We at the Buzz Bin absolutely love the series of busts the Spokesman-Review has erected along the outside wall of its new building at Monroe and Riverside. It's great to see Chief Joseph giving a stern look to the Cowles' tower, and the long-haired scowly guy positively has to qualify as Spokane's version of Harry Potter's Professor Snape. But we're somewhat disappointed that there are no busts on the side of the building that's across from The Inlander's offices. C'mon, guys, what about some lesser-known but compelling figures from local lore, like David Lynch, Dashiell Hammett or Sir Mix-a-Lot? Or at least Chuck Jones, one of the late fathers of Bugs Bunny? We promise we won't drape funny mustaches on them.
Vietnam Remembered -- Here's another event you should consider attending: "Vietnam Remembered: 30 Years After" takes place from Oct. 20-24 at the Community Building and Gonzaga University's Foley Library. The event includes the film Heaven and Earth, a photo exhibit on the Vietnamese people by Paul Haeder, the documentaries Daughter of Danang and Vietnam Passage: From War to Peace, a literary reading, a talk on post-traumatic stress disorder and a panel discussion on the aftershocks of the Vietnam War in American policy and culture. For the full schedule, visit www.spokanecity.org or call 323-3829.
Know a Hero? -- The local chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for a few good men and women (you know the kind -- they've saved a life or done some other heroic deed) to honor during their upcoming Hometown Heroes event on Nov. 15. If you know someone you'd like to nominate, let the Red Cross know by visiting www.spokaneredcross.org and filling out a nomination form.