The OPN Board of Directors
The OPN Board helps steer the Olympia Poetry Network's direction, MC's our monthly General Meetings and readings, invites featured readers and recruits workshop facilitators. The Board is composed of eight local poets actively producing work, introduced below.
"Leave a space for the reader at the end of a poem." - Brian Turner
Carrie Beth Born
As a retired heavy equipment operator and long-haul truck driver, Carrie Born enjoys writing poems about construction, trucking and cats.
Carrie was born in Bremerton, Washington and enjoys reading, hunting, camping and sports. She has lived in the Olympia area her adult life.
Currently Carrie has two poetry collections in zine form in the Olympia Timberland Library. They are Diesel Cat Poems and Diesel Lady Poems.
Chris Dahl's chapbook, Mrs. Dahl in the Season of Cub Scouts, was published by Still Waters Press after winning their Women's Words competition. She has been published in journals such as Poetry Northwest, Seattle Review and Cascadia Review--who nominated one of her poems for Best of the Internet. She completed her M.A. (M.F.A. equivalent) at the University of Washington. Currently, she lives in Olympia, Washington where she serves on the board of the Olympia Poetry Network and edits their newsletter.
Ben Olson is a native Olympian with extra-regional experiences. Time spent in the bayous of Louisiana, the mountains of Virginia, Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington, and the wilds of Los Angeles, have rounded a life out of doors. He started sharing his poetry in 2015, at OPN’s open mic, and hasn’t stopped. Poems of nature, both terrestrial and human populate his work.
Promotion/Publicity/OPN Workshop Coordinator
Joanne M. Clarkson’s full-length poetry collection “The Fates” won Bright Hill Press’ annual contest and was published in June 2017. Her chapbook “Believing the Body” was published by Gribble Press in 2014. This year her work has been featured in the WA129 Poet Laureate Anthology, Blue Heron Review, Catamaran, Edge, Modern Poetry Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, the Ice Cream Anthology from World Enough Writers and the We’Moon Datebook for 2018. She has been the recipient of a GAP Grant from Artist Trust and a NEH grant to teach poetry in rural libraries. Clarkson has Master’s Degrees in English and Library Science. She has taught and worked as a professional librarian. After caring for her mother through a long illness, she re-careered as a RN specializing in Home Health and Hospice Care.
Joanne's work can also be seen on her website, Joanne the Poet.
Web Design and Maintenance
Patrick Dixon is a writer and photographer retired from careers in teaching and commercial fishing. He was raised in Indiana, grew up in Alaska, and spends his time winding down in Olympia, Washington. He has been published in Cirque Literary Journal, Raven Chronicles, The Journal of Family Life, National Fisherman magazine, Linden Avenue Journal,, Oberon Poetry Journal, The Tishman Review and others. He is the editor of the seven-book set Anchored in Deep Water: The FisherPoets Anthology (2014). His chapbook Arc of Visibility won the 2015 Alabama State Poetry Morris Memorial competition.
His work may be seen at patrick dixon, writer and on the fisher poetry archive,
In The Tote.
At Large/Special Events
Terri Cohlene grew up in Skyway, a suburb of Renton, Washington where she competed with her two brothers in polliwog-catching, berry-tossing and slug-handling. Her work is influenced by car trips to Eastern Washington and visits to her grandparents’ apple orchard in Cashmere.
She is the author of nine books for children including Won’t Papa Be Surprised! Something Special and Witch’s Brew, and she wrote and assisted in the production of Clique, a stage play for young adults. Her poetry has appeared in such publications as: Godiva Speaks, Pontoon 8 & 9, Floating Bridge Review, Arnazella, Stories with Grace, Switched on Gutenberg, and the anthology, America at War. She collected and edited two adult poetry anthologies, Godiva Speaks I & II.
A former art director and editor of her own award-winning imprint, Terri has taught at Richard Hugo House, Shoreline & Whatcom Community Colleges and Hypatia-in-the Woods. Currently, she serves on the board of Olympia Poetry Network, and is a freelance editor in Olympia, Washington.
Terri's work may be seen at TerriCohlene.com.
Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis is an associate professor at Saint Martin’s University and has published poetry in OccuPoetry, Social Policy, Penny Ante Feud, Dark Matter, That Literary Review and In Layman’s Terms and is submitting her first collection of poetry for consideration for publication to various presses. She is also writing a second collection and is learning the classical guitar in order to write lyrics and compose music for the guitar. Nathalie is passionate about issues related to climate change and social justice and finds inspiration in writing poems about the beauty of nature in the Pacific Northwest. Half French-Canadian, Nathalie speaks French and is an ardent traveler having lived in Quebec, Japan, and the Czech Republic.
Cynthia Pratt is a founding member of the Olympia Poetry Network’s board. Her poems have appeared in WPA’s anthology, Tattoos on Cedar (2006), Crab Creek Review, Steelhead Special, Raven Chronicles, Bellingham Review, and other publications. Her poetry appeared in the anthology, Godiva Speaks. One of her poems was accepted for display at the Seattle Salmon Strategy Summit 2005, and a couple of poems have had the honor of riding around in Tacoma and Metro buses. Her manuscript, Celestial Drift¸ was published in 2017. She is the Deputy Mayor of the City of Lacey.