WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: White Salmon Valley Community Library’s Sprint/Baker Gallery
77 NE Wauna Ave, White Salmon, Washington
Join us in White Salmon for an evening with Kathleen Flenniken, author of Plume and former Washington State poet laureate, and Patricia Hoover, Hanford Downwinder and activist, as they share their insights, poems, and personal experiences living in the shadow of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Flenniken will read from and discuss her poetry collection, ‘Plume’ (University of Washington Press, 2012) and Hoover will share personal and family experiences prompted by the selected poems. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase or bring your own copy to be signed by the author. A limited number of copies of ‘Plume’ will also be available to borrow at the library’s front desk beginning February 1st.
The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Envirogorge and Columbia Riverkeeper. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
In connection with the March 9th program, an exhibit will be on display in the library gallery March 1-25.
About Kathleen Flenniken:
The poems in “Plume” are a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site in Flenniken’s hometown of Richland, Washington at the height of the Cold War, where “every father I knew disappeared to fuel the bomb,” and where she worked at Hanford herself as a civil engineer and hydrologist. By the late 1980s, declassified documents revealed decades of environmental contamination and deception at the plutonium production facility, contradicting a lifetime of official assurances to workers and their families that their community was and always had been safe. As a child of “Atomic City,” Kathleen Flenniken brings to this tragedy the knowing perspective of an insider coupled with the art of a precise, unflinching, gifted poet.
Kathleen Flenniken was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and winner of a Washington State Book Award for her collection ‘Plume’. Her other awards include fellowships from Artist Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and a residency at the Bloedel Reserve. She served as Washington State Poet Laureate from 2012 – 2014.
About Patricia Hoover:
Hanford Downwinder and activist Patricia Hoover holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. She has worked in the radio and television industry in both commercial and public broadcasting. Pat has been active in the anti-nuclear environmental movement for the past 27 years. A founding member of the Northwest Radiation Health Alliance, she is a native eastern Oregonian, born in The Dalles in 1947 and raised in Hermiston. She served on the first Oregon Advisory Board to the Hanford Health Information Network (HHIN), resigning that position along with four others to protest inadequate efforts by HHIN on behalf of the Hanford Downwinders. Pat’s life and health, and those of her one remaining family member, continues to be impacted by exposure to emissions from Hanford in the 1950’s and 60’s.