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Words' Worth

The official poetry program of the Seattle City Council

Contents: Click on a Curator's name below to see their poets and read a poem or two.

2013-2014: Jordan Keith | Judith Roche | Sierra Nelson
2011-2012: Sibyl James
2010-2011: A K Mimi Allin | Priya Keefe
2009: Felicia Gonzalez | Donna Miscolta
2008: John Burgess
2007: Brian McGuigan
2006: Jeannette Alle
2005: Anna Maria Hong
2004-2005: Anna Maria Hong &
Grant Cogswell


2004: Terrilynn Towns
2003-2004: Chris Jarmick
2002-2003: Dobbie Norris
2002: Elizabeth Scott | Carlos Martinez
2001: J Glenn Evans
2000: Allison Durazzi |
Rodney Camarce
1999: Victoria Ford | Tina Kelley
1998: Mona Lake Jones | Bob Redmond

The oars lift and submerge
As the shell surges
Making up water
Churning up water
In "The Cut"

From "The Coxswain"
by Dobbie Reese Norris


Upon his election to the City Council, Nick instituted poetry readings before his committee meetings believing that the personal insight of poetry has the power to enlighten the routine of government.

A guest poetry curator for Words' Worth is chosen every few months. He or she, in turn, selects a number of poets to read their own works. The curator assigns one of her or his poets to read at the beginning of each standing City Council Committee meeting that Nick Chairs at the time.


Curated by Sierra Nelson

9/10/14 • Seattle Channel WebcastRachel Kessler
8/13/14 • Seattle Channel WebcastSierra Nelson

Curated by Judith Roche

7/09/14 • Seattle Channel WebcastGabriella Gutierrez y Muhs
6/05/14 • Seattle Channel WebcastMaga Barzallo Sockemtickem
5/14/14 • Seattle Channel WebcastKim-An Lieberman
4/09/14 • Seattle Channel WebcastDaemond Arrindell
3/14/14 • Seattle Channel WebcastRaúl Sanchez
2/12/14 • Seattle Channel WebcastMichael Hureaux Perez
12/11/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastSusan Lane
08/14/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastLyn Coffin
07/10/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastJudith Roche
06/12/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastAK Mimi Allin




Curated by Jordan Keith

05/08/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastFelicia Gonzalez
04/10/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastAllison Green
03/13/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastAngela Jane Fountas
02/13/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastClaudia Castro Luna
01/09/13 • Seattle Channel WebcastJourdan Keith


Curated by Sibyl James

 12/12/12 • Seattle Channel WebcastFrances McCue
 08/08/12 • Seattle Channel WebcastThomas H. Pruiksma
 07/13/12 • Seattle Channel WebcastEsther Altshul Helfgott
 06/13/12 • Seattle Channel WebcastKathleen Flenniken
 05/09/12 • Seattle Channel WebcastPaul Hunter
 04/11/12 • Seattle Channel WebcastAnn Spiers
 02/08/12 • Seattle Channel Webcast Carolyne Wright
 12/14/11 • Seattle Channel Webcast Kathleen Flenniken
 09/14/11 • Seattle Channel WebcastSharon Cumberland
 08/10/11 • Seattle Channel WebcastLarry Laurence
 07/13/11 • Seattle Channel WebcastEmily Warn
 06/03/11 • Seattle Channel WebcastSibyl James

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Curated by A K Mimi Allin

 05/11/11 • Seattle Channel WebcastStephen Roxborough
 03/09/11 • Seattle Channel WebcastMonte Christopher Smith
 02/09/11 • Seattle Channel WebcastMeredith Clark
 01/12/11 • Seattle Channel WebcastAaron Silverberg
 09/17/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastA K Mimi Allin
 08/11/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastDavid George Kuhns

Curated by Priya Keefe

 06/23/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastDobbie Reese Norris
 05/26/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastLarry Crist
 04/28/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastEllen Welcker
 04/14/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastC. Albert
 04/02/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastThomas Thomas
 03/10/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastNashira Priester
 02/24/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastYvonne Croteau
 02/10/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastDrew Dillhunt
 01/29/10 • Seattle Channel WebcastPriya Keefe


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Curated by Felicia Gonzalez

 09/23/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastRebecca Hoogs
 09/09/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastKaren FinneyFrock
 08/12/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastAnna Blint
 07/08/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastFelicia Gonzalez

Curated by Donna Miscolta

 04/22/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastAngela Martinez Dy
 04/08/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastDonna Miscolta
 03/25/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastRachel Dilworth
 02/25/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastDonna Miscolta
 02/11/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastLaurie Blauner
 01/28/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastKim-An Lieberman
 01/14/09 • Seattle Channel WebcastStorme Webber
Curated by John Burgess

 12/10/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastCarol Levin
 09/24/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastMary Anne Moorman
 09/10/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastLana Hechtman Ayers
 08/13/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastMadeline DeFrees
 07/23/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastMarta Sanchez
 07/09/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastSuzanne E. Edison
 06/25/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastMary Lou Sanelli
 06/11/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastJ.W. Marshall
 05/28/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastEric McHenry
 05/14/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastLynn Miller
 04/30/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastMichael Schein
 04/09/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastJulene Tripp Weaver
 03/14/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastRaul Sanchez
 02/27/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastCody Walker
 02/13/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastAlexandra Oliver
 01/23/08 • Seattle Channel WebcastJohn Burgess

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Curated by Brian McGuigan

 12/04/07 • Brenda M. Regan
 09/18/07 • Fredda Jaffee
 09/07/07 • Steve Barker
 08/07/07 • Katinka Kraft
 07/17/07 •Ira Parnes
 07/03/07 • JT Stewart
 06/19/07 • Jourdan Keith
 06/05/07 • Arne Pihl
 05/15/07 • Crysta Casey
 05/01/07 • Rajnii Eddins
 04/17/07 • Chris Dusterhoff
 04/03/07 • John Burgess
 03/06/07 • Felicia Gonzalez
 02/23/07 • Harvey Goldner
 02/06/07 • Kathryn Lebo
 01/19/07 • Brian McGuigan
Curated by Jeannette Alle

01/05/07 • Jeannette Alle
12/05/06 • Carol Maki
09/19/06 • Doug Nufer
09/08/06 • Kelli Russell Agodon
08/15/06 • Gary Hill
08/01/06 • Jared Angira
07/21/06 • Priya Keefe
06/20/06 • Michael G. Hickey
06/06/06 • Jed Myers
05/26/06 • Duane Niatum
05/02/06 • Rebecca Loudon
04/18/06 • Linden Ontjes
04/04/06 • Elizabeth Austen
03/21/06 • Joshua Beckman
03/07/06 • Koon Woon
02/17/06 • Lyn Coffin
02/07/06 • Jeannette Alle

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Curated by Anna Maria Hong


12/06/05Anna Marie Hong
09/20/05Maggie Santolla
09/09/05Amy Schrader
08/16/05Claire Gearen
08/02/05Alan Chong Lau
07/08/05Martha Silano
Curated by Anna Maria Hong
                & Grant Cogswell


06/21/05James Arthur
06/07/05Erin Malone
05/17/05T. Hetzel
05/03/05Shannon Borg
04/19/05Johnny Horton
04/05/05Roberta Olson
03/15/05Sarah Mangold
02/15/05Jeannette Allee
02/01/05Mary Whitechester
01/21/05Kary Wayson
01/07/05Bryan Miller
12/07/04Suma Yagi
10/12/04Grant Cogswell
09/21/04Anna Maria Hong

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Curated by Terrilynn Towns

09/10/04Terrilynn Towns
08/17/04Joan Weeks
07/20/04Jane Horowitz
07/09/04Margaret Roncone
06/15/04Mike Dillon
05/18/04Anne M. Doe Overstreet
05/04/04Juanita Kirkland
04/06/04Olive Larson
03/16/04Dr. Peter Pereira
03/02/04Terrilynn Towns
Curated by Chris Jarmick

02/26/04Priscilla Long
02/03/04Carlos Martinez
12/09/03Murray Gordon
10/28/03Curt Colbert
10/14/03Dennis Caswell
09/12/03Chris Jarmick
07/22/03Thomas Hubbard
07/08/03David D. Horowitz
06/10/03M. Anne Sweet
05/30/03Don Kentop
05/13/03Paul Nelson
04/22/03Diane Westergaard
04/08/03Katherine Grace Bond
03/25/03Ken Shiovitz
03/14/03David Thornbrugh
02/25/03Chris Jarmick

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Curated by Dobbie Norris

02/11/03J. Glenn Evans
01/28/03Sandra Arkman Heindsmann
12/10/02 • Diana Brement
10/22/02 • Anne-Marie Hackenberger
09/24/02 • Dennis Wilken
09/10/02 • Brenda Givens
08/27/02 • Rod Tipton
07/23/02 • Kelly Riggle Hower
07/09/02 • Dobbie Norris
Curated by Elizabeth Scott

06/25/02 • April Caron
06/11/02 • John Olson
05/14/02 • Skye Kathleen Moody
04/23/02 • Cody Walker
04/09/02 • Christine Hemp
03/26/02 • Scott Driscoll
02/12/02 • Elizabeth Scott

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Curated by Carlos Martinez

12/12/01 • Julie Larios
10/24/01 • Catherine Wing
09/26/01 • Kathleen Flenniken
08/22/01 • Carlos Martinez
07/25/01 • Mikael Moore
07/11/01 • Bart Baxter
Curated by J Glenn Evans

06/27/01 • Pieter Zilinsky
06/13/01 • Carlos M. Martinez
05/23/01 • Rodney Williams
05/09/01 • Carol Anderson Shaw
04/25/01 • Murray Gordon
04/11/01 • Madeline DeFrees
03/28/01 • Nancy Dahlberg
03/14/01 • Sarah Singer
02/28/01 • Nancy Dahlberg
01/24/01 • Leonard L. Tews
01/10/01 • J. Glenn Evans

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Curated by Allison Durazzi

12/13/00 • Marcel Parker
10/11/00 • Alyssa
08/23/00 • Tara Hardy
08/09/00 • Dave Caserio
07/26/00 • Coy King
07/12/00 • Allison Durazzi
Curated by Rodney Camarce

06/28/00 • Geo F. Quibuyen
06/14/00 • Eric Parsons
05/24/00 • Reynaldo Gaon
04/18/00 • Angela Martinez Dy
03/22/00 • Anisia De Guzman
03/08/00 • Jeremy Jay Bartolome
02/23/00 • Rebecca Mair
02/09/00 • Rodney Camarce
01/26/00 • Mark Harlow
01/12/00 • Paul C. Hunter

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Curated by Victoria Ford

12/08/99 • Francia Recalde
11/10/99 • David Horowitz
10/27/99 • Neile Graham
10/13/99 • Christine Deavel
09/22/99 • John Gaines
09/22/99 • Emily Robertson
08/11/99 • John Marshall
07/28/99 • Victoria Ford
Curated by Tina Kelley

07/14/99 • Judith Roche
06/23/99 • Allison Durazzi
06/09/99 • John Olson
05/26/99 • Frances McCue
05/12/99 • Judy Skillman
04/28/99 • Jill MacGrath
04/14/99 • Bernard Harris, Jr.
               (1999 Poet Populist)
03/24/99 • Nathaniel Seven
03/10/99 • Ryan Dunn
02/10/99 • Paula Gilovish
01/13/99 • Tina Kelley

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Curated by Mona Lake Jones

12/23/98 • LaVerne Hall
12/09/98 • Noel Franklin
10/14/98 • Bernard Harris
09/09/98 • Tom Casey
08/12/98 • Mona Lake Jones
Curated by Bob Redmond

07/08/98 • Michael Hood
06/24/98 • Tracie D. Hall
06/10/98 • Jan Wallace
05/27/98 • Bart Baxter
05/13/98 • Salem
04/22/98 • Arthur Tulee
04/08/98 • Rajnii Eddins
03/25/98 • Phoebe Bosché
03/11/98 • Paul Hunter
02/25/98 • Bob Redmond

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