The first installment of the new, annual Zodiac Poetry Series, The Heart of the Rat is an anthology of poetry and short prose from Willow Springs Books, an independent and student-run literary press housed in Eastern Washington University’s MFA program. The anthology’s release is accompanied by a reading from many of the poets featured in the anthology, including former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, two-time Pushcart Prize winner Ellen Bass, and Spokane poets Maya Zeller and Tim Greenup. Award-winning poets Dorianne Laux and Joe Millar, as well as Spokane Poet Laureate Laura Read, also read at the launch. Willow Springs Books plans to release an anthology each year corresponding to a specific Zodiac animal. The Heart of the Rat will be available for purchase at the event.
Wed, Nov. 30, at 5 pm • Free • Eastern Washington University Faculty Commons • 526 Fifth St., Cheney • willowspringsbooks.org
— Haylee Millikan