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Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012-2014 Poet Laureate of Washington State. She has two published poetry books (Famous and Plume), is co-editor and president of Floating Bridge Press in Seattle, a press dedicated to publishing the poetry of Washington State poets. And she is the president of the board at Jack Straw Productions. Kathleen began her […]

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life and love

Valentine’s Day is almost like a religious holiday for me. It is a time of reflection about what matters, whom I love and what I am grateful for. Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a couple who, just by being themselves, reminded me to take stock of life and love. Sven and Bernadette, whom […]

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These portraits of Emily Monfort were taken in 2008 and 2011. On the left she is thinner and more frail, though most people would not realize how ill she was except for the oxygen tube. On the right she is a bit more robust and lovely as ever. The truth is that Emily would not […]

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Brian Lanker

I am so sad to write this. My dear friend and mentor, the great photographer Brian Lanker, passed away yesterday after a brief illness. He was an incredibly important part of my life. He hired me for my first job as a newspaper photographer at the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon some 30 years ago and […]

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Circle of Life

Twenty-four years ago my husband and I moved to Seattle. We settled into our house and soon met the couple in the turquoise house next door, along with their two adorable daughters. The older girl, Jamie-Rose, was two and a half. Ryanne, her younger sister, was six months old. I invited them to the studio […]

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a bird, a poem, a poet

Here is a beautiful poem by my friend T. Clear that moved me deeply the first time I heard  T. read it. In its poignant look at loss and grief, it continues to move me months later. Check out her blog at Premium T. Last Rescued Bird by T. Clear Enough. Take your feathers dead […]

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timeless beauty

Recently, when I taught a portraiture class at PCNW in Seattle, I put out a call to agencies for models who would like to work with my class. I got a call from an old friend, Pennie Pickering. She said her sixteen-year-old daughter was interested. “And what about you?” I asked. I hadn’t seen Pennie […]

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relax

Here is a wonderful poem I found this summer on the back page of American Poetry Review. I have been carrying it around ever since–so I can read it and remind myself of what’s important. Ellen’s most recent book of poems, The Human Line, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2007. Thank you, Ellen, […]

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There is a beautiful woman from Eugene, Ore. whose voice and style bring a touch of Cuba to the Pacific Northwest. Jessie Marquez has a deep love of Cuba. Her father grew up in Havana. She grew up eating Cuban food and hearing stories about Cuba. When she first visited Cuba in 1996 she fell […]

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