The North Olympic Library Systemand the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts host a spoken word workshop by writer and performer Naa Akua on May 29, via Zoom. Submitted photo

The North Olympic Library Systemand the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts host a spoken word workshop by writer and performer Naa Akua on May 29, via Zoom. Submitted photo

AE briefs — May 12, 2021

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:30am
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Olympic Music Festival offers virtual series

The Olympic Music Festival presents the Sounds of Spring Virtual Concert Series, recorded earlier this March in Port Townsend. The spring concerts will feature Tessa Lark, a Grammy-nominated violinist; Alice Yoo, cellist and cofounder of the Denver Chamber Music Festival; and Julio Elizalde, pianist and OMF Artistic Director.

The three artists recorded a series of trios and encores, set to premiere at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 9, and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 23, 2021. A program highlight is Dvořák’s Piano Trio in F minor.

Both virtual events are free.

The Sounds of Spring Virtual Concert Series will be shared virtually in May via the Olympic Music Festival’s website,

Writers group schedule May meeting

The Olympic Peninsula Christian Writers Group meets the third Thursday of the month. May’s meeting is scheduled via zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.

All are welcome to join; the link is (no password is needed).

This month, guest speaker Martha Artyomenko discusses book reviews. Her website,, contains hundreds of reviews.

NOLS to host spoken word workshop

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS), in partnership with the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts (JFFA), invite the community to start the Memorial Day Weekend “write” with a spoken word workshop presented by writer and performer Naa Akua at 1 p.n. Saturday, May 29, on Zoom.

Registration is required; do so at

Exercise creative muscles through writing prompts to get started and learn tips on the art of spoken word in this interactive, free workshop designed for teens and adults ages 12 and older.

Akua is a Ghanaian and Bajan queer poet, actor, educator and sound and word practitioner. Naa was a 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence, a WITS writer-in-residence at Franklin High School, a co-facilitator and teaching artist for Young Women Empowered and is a teacher at the Hugo House.

Offered at no cost to participants in conjunction with the Juan de Fuca for the Arts Festival, the workshop is financially supported by JFFA and local Friends of the Library groups.

For more information about this and other library events and services, visit, call 360-417-8500 or email to

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