Thursday, April 30, 2009

Beyond Forgetting: Poetry & Prose about Alzheimer's Disease - Reading at Frye Museum

May 3, 2009
2 pm

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, Washington
(206) 622-9250

I'll be reading. Hope you can make it!
Tickets are free. Pick them up at the front desk

Beyond Forgetting is a unique collection of poetry and short prose about Alzheimer’s disease written by 100 contemporary writers—doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, family members —whose lives have been touched by this tragic disease. Through the transformative power of writing, their words enable the reader to move “beyond forgetting,” beyond the stereotypical portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease to honor the dignity of those afflicted. Published in spring 2009 by Kent State University Press as part of their Literature and Medicine series and with a foreword by poet Tess Gallagher, this anthology forms a richly textured, literary portrait encompassing the full range of the experience of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Frye is honored to host the first public reading from Beyond Forgetting. Readers are poet Tess Gallagher, editor/poet Holly Hughes, and contributors Jane Alynn, Lana Hechtman Ayers, Joanne Clarkson, Nancy Dahlberg, John Davis, Alice Derry, Arthur Ginsberg, Joseph Green, Esther Altshul Helfgott, Denise Calvetti Michaels, and Kay Mullen. The book will be available for purchase at the event.
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It's About Time Writers, May 14, 2009

Thurs. May 14, 2009 #237 features Rochelle Kochin, Carmen Germain, Josh Isaac + Emily Warn on The Writer's Craft.

Emily Warn is the author of The Leaf Path, The Novice Insomniac, and Shadow Architect all from Copper Canyon Press in 2008. Her poems and essays appear in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Blackbird, BookForum, The Bloomsbury Review, and The Writer’s Almanac. She has taught creative writing for Lynchburg College in Virginia, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and most recently served as the founding editor of She will be speaking on Poetry and Personal Identity.

Rochelle Kochin and her husband Levis Kochin live in Seattle where they raised their four children. Since retiring from Boeing, Rochelle spends her time writing, traveling and telling stories to her American and Israeli grandchildren. Her short story Angel of Death appeared in the second volume of Drash.

Joshua Isaac, 36, has been expressing himself creatively since childhood with several published pieces of poetry, prose and an award winning documentary film. But his work has been defined by his ongoing eleven year battle with cancer. This Seattle native finds that his greatest gifts are his wife and three children. Josh's film "My Left Hand" is at

Carmen Germain is a co-director of the Foothills Writers Series, Peninsula College, Port Angeles. Pathwise Press published Living Room, Earth, in 2002, and Cherry Grove published These Things I Will Take with Me in 2008. On academic sabbatical in 2007-2008, Carmen was a Visiting Artist/Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, working on a manuscript and researching the work of the Italian post-war writer Elsa Morante. She and her husband live in northern British Columbia in the summer.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Memory Loss Seminar - Everett/Edmonds - April 3

Memory Loss Seminar - Everett/Edmonds - April 3
Thanks to reader Leslie Larson, I bring you the following information:

SEMINAR: Putting the Pieces Together - How to Support Friends and Family Dealing with Memory Loss Issues with Teepa Snow, Dementia Care and Training Specialist

April 3, 2009
2 locations!
Please pre-register
Space is limited

9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Trinity Episcopal Church
2301 Hoyt Avenue
Everett WA 98201
Call to register:

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Edmonds United
Methodist Church
828 Caspers Street
Edmonds, WA 98020
Call to register:
Ext. 22

You will learn:
• The symptoms of various memory loss diseases.
• Communication strategies that work.
• How to cope with and effectively handle a broad
range of difficult behaviors.
• Strategies to maintain meaningful activities and
relationships without diminishing your health (mental
and physical).
• Snohomish County has many excellent community
resources specializing in family caregiving issues.

The Communities of Faith / Family Caregiver Workshops
are underwritten by the Snohomish County Family Caregiver Network, and the Alzheimer's Associations of Western and Central Washington,

Department of Human Services Director Kenneth Stark
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon

More info at Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View

Alzheimer's Association Regional Conference

Alzheimer's Association Regional Conference
Supporting the Resilient Mind

Friday, April 24th, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Washington State Convention Center.

According to Keri Pollock of the Western and Central Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association: This year's conference will be our 24th annual and promises to be the best yet.

We offer a special family caregiver rate of $40.00, which includes 3 workshops, two keynote speakers, information, resources, and a lovely plated lunch. We intentionally developed a family caregiver track, knowing how hungry caregivers are for hands-on, relevant training, and a day in the company of others with whom they can share, connect, and relate.

There is also a pre-conference day of sessions on Thurs. April 23rd.

For information, contact:
Keri Pollock (Heinen)
Communications Director
Western and Central Washington State Chapter
ph. 206.363.5500 ext 246

More info at Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View