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Poet explains how to make a difference

Jeannine Hall Gailey, Poet Laureate for the city of Redmond, will talk at the next Field’s End Writers Roundtable.  - K. Balasingham photo
Jeannine Hall Gailey, Poet Laureate for the city of Redmond, will talk at the next Field’s End Writers Roundtable.
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Poet Jeannine Hall Gailey will explain how to make an impact on your local literary community at the next Field’s End Writers Roundtable.

Gailey will talk about the many possibilities, from volunteering to lead a reading series, partnering with other artists, or working with schools or local government. She will explain how writers can make a difference by bringing their unique gifts and contributing to the creative space that many want to find.

Gailey is the poet laureate of Redmond. She is the author of the poetry collections “Becoming the Villainess” and “She Returns to the Floating World,” which was awarded a Florida Publishers Association Prize for poetry in 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal.

Her third book, “Unexplained Fevers,” is now hitting bookstores.

Gailey — who once lived on Bainbridge for a short time and first came to the island for a Field’s End poetry event — is a former tech writer who gave up corporate life to pursue her passion: poetry.

She has been writing poetry since she was 10. Fifth grade was a turning point; she recalled reading poetry along with her mother as they made their way through her college poetry textbooks, and she won a poetry recitation contest at school.

“My fifth-grade teacher encouraged me to bring in poems every day,” she said.

She’s since found wide acclaim.

Colleen J. McElroy, and award-winning poet and editor of The Seattle Review, wrote: “Gailey writes with a voice full of wit and charm that keeps the reader somewhat off balance. She serves a dish of fairy tales and myths, part vixen and part Carol Burnett.”

Two poems from her book “Becoming the Villainess” were featured on the NPR show, “The Writer’s Almanac.”

“Hearing Garrison Keillor say the word thong ... it was a thrill,” she recalled.

There was an added bonus, too, for her father, a robot specialist with a daughter as a poet.

“My father was a big Garrison Keillor fan growing up,” she said.

The Field’s End Roundtable is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Bainbridge Public Library.

Field’s End monthly roundtables are free and no registration is required. The evening includes a question-and-answer period and closes with an opportunity to network with other writers.

For more information, visit www.fieldsend.org or call the library at 206-842-4162. Field’s End, an affiliate of the Bainbridge Public Library, offers workshops, classes and other events focusing on the art, craft and profession of writing.

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