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Casa Libre Presents Jami Macarty & Joni Wallace

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Jami Macarty is the author of Landscape of The Wait, a sequence of poems focusing on her nephew William’s car accident and year-long coma (Finishing Line Press, June 2017), and Mind of Spring, which won the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (Vallum, October 2017). Former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival (1996-2005), her current forays into arts community service, include serving as a Poetry Ambassador for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose and as a Fresh Local Poet for Vancouver Park Board. She teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, edits of the online poetry journal The Maynard, and writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series for Anomalous Press (FKA Drunken Boat). A recipient of grants from Arizona Commission on the Arts, Banff Center, and BC Arts Council, among others, her poems appear in American and Canadian journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Drunken Boat, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prism international, Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, Verse Daily, and Volt.

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Joni Wallace earned her MFA at the University of Montana and is the author of three books of poetry: Kingdom Come Radio Show, Barrow Street Press, 2016, finalist for the Colorado Prize, the Besmilr Brigham Award, Word Works’ Washington Prize, and AROHO’s To the Lighthouse Award; Blinking Ephemeral Valentine Four Way Books, 2011, winner of the Levis Prize (selected by Mary Jo Bang); Redshift (Kore Press, 2001), which garnered a fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. For more information, visit joniwallace.com

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