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McNulty to open 2014 Fourth Friday readings

The Jan. 24 Fourth Friday Readings in Sequim features poet/essayist and nature writer Tim McNulty.  

Hosted by Writers on the Spit, readings are held at Rainshadow Coffee Bar, 157 W. Cedar St., Sequim, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Event organizers recommended you arrive by 6 p.m.


Tim McNulty’s most recent collection of poetry, “Ascendance” (Pleasure Boat Studio) weaves familiar themes of family, friendship, work and solitude with the natural world of the Pacific Northwest.


McNulty’s clear voice and sensitivity capture the spirit of mountains, rivers, forests and coastlines where he has lived for more than 10 years.


He is the author of several volumes of Pacific Northwest natural history.


His writing reveals a reverence for Washington wild rivers, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Peninsula.


Gary Synder acknowledges McNulty’s recent book of poems: “These poems are a path into the humane wildness of this accomplished family man, forestry worker, naturalist, scholar, homesteader and Pacific traveler.


‘Ascendance’ (see box at right) is above all an image of the salmon heading back upstream and the cycle of fertility. A wise, lively, lovely book.”


As readers and listeners, McNulty’s poem encourages people to be more attentive to natural details that surround living on the Olympic Peninsula — the salmon, ravens, tree frogs, deer mice and the night sky.

His poetic voice awakens a deep resonance with the wild Northwest.


Previous collections of McNulty’s work include “In Blue Mountain Dusk” (Pleasure Boat Studio) and “Pawtracks” (Copper Canyon Press), along with eight poetry chapbooks and 11 books of natural history.


Admission is free.


McNulty’s readings begin at 6:30 p.m.


An hour of open mic readings begins at 7 p.m. Writers interested in open mic may put their names in to be drawn for a five-minute reading.


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