Join College of Western Idaho’s English department for a poetry reading by poet, Gretchen Primack, Nov. 12. The reading, part of the department’s Writers and Words Series, will be held at the Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB) second-floor atrium at 6 p.m. Primack will also teach a craft workshop on persona poems prior to the reading at 4:30 p.m. in NCAB 309. Both events are open to the public, and students are particularly encouraged to attend.
Primack is a poet and educator from New York’s Hudson Valley. She is the author of three poetry collections, including her most recent book, Visiting Days, which was released by Willow Books in March of 2019. Primack has been teaching and working with prison education programs, mostly at the college level, since 2005. Visiting Days is a collection of persona poems based on her experiences in that environment. She is also the author of Kind and Doris’ Red Spaces, as well as a chapbook, The Slow Creaking of Planets. She has been published widely, including in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and FIELD. In addition to her poetry, she also co-wrote a memoir, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals, with the co-founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, Jenny Brown.