Walla Wallan Charles Potts is one of four poets who will be featured during the Spokane Poetry Showcase  at 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 28 in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive. 

The church’s all-ages series features a different lineup every two weeks. Some adult content is to be expected. Admission is free, although canned food donations are appreciated, and light refreshments will be offered. The doors will open at 6:30, and this is an 

Founder of the Walla Walla Poetry Festival, Charles will read from his new book, “Coyote Highway,” from Least Bittern Books. Other recent books by Charles include “The Portable Potts” and “Inside Idaho” from West End Press; “Kiot: Selected Early Poems 1963-1977,” “Lost River Mountain” and “Slash and Burn” with art by Robert McNealy, from Blue Begonia Press; and “Across the North Pacific.” Potts has been publishing since 1963.

Charles spent May 2018 in Croatia on a literary residency at Zvonainari.

A resident of Wenatchee, Susan Rae Sampson will read from her new collection of poems, “Book of Birds,” released in summer 2018. 

She worked 35 years as an attorney on the west side of the Cascade Mountains and retired in 2009 on her 62nd birthday. With poems published in Shark Reef and by Floating Bridge Press, Susan won the first-ever Wild Leek Press Chapbook Competition in 2017. 

Maury Barr of Colville spent many years teaching for the Community Colleges of Spokane. He was born and grew up in Georgia and in Maine, Connecticut and Berkeley, Calif. 

He earned a master of fine arts in writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He retired in 2014 from teaching on the Colville campus for the Community Colleges of Spokane. His poems have appeared in The North Columbia Monthly, Headwaters, Bigfoot Review, Sasquatch Review, The Greenfield Review, the Spokane Writes anthology and the chapbook Bone Music.

Thome George is a poet and fine art furniture maker from the Methow Valley who coaches track there. He graduated from The Evergreen State College, after studying in Montana with poet Richard Hugo. He is Poetry Out Loud coach at Liberty Bell High School near Twisp, where he lives with son Nolan. His sculptural furniture and fine-art designs can be seen at sweettreedesigns.com.

Charles said the series will continue on Nov. 11 with an Armistice Day reading by the Spokane chapter of Veterans for Peace, including Rusty Nelson and Hollis Higgins. For more information contact Dennis Held at helddennis@hotmail.com or Charles at pottscharlesa@gmail.com or see bluecreekappaloosas.webs.com.

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Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,

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