**POSTPONED** Christine Kendall: Poetry and Cider
Twisp poet, Christine Kendall, reads poetry from her book, Resting In The Familiar, at Longdrop Cider Co. 10:45 AM-12:00 PM then signs her book at A Book for All Seasons 1:00-3:00 PM on Saturday, April 18. .
Resting In The Familiar's title is from the comfort in recalling family stories and the enjoyment of familiar surroundings. My poetry covers experiences early on as an Air Force brat and what it felt like to be part of a mobile family growing up, as one author noted in a book about military brats, “inside the fortress.” I was fortunate my dad had deep roots in Washington State where we spent every summer except when we were in Europe. Some of my poems are about my family’s passion for fishing or about family members who have passed on. Like any life there are events that were uncomfortable, one poem is about a drill at the school I attended in Arizona of being loaded onto school buses in case our country came under nuclear attack. More recently, like so many of us in the valley, there was my experience in the 2014 Carlton Complex fire, and watching ash fall on our lawn and rooftops in 2015. As it says in the first poem in the book, I write about what I see outside my windows: the bay view from my Bellingham residence offered up boats and birds, from my rural home on Upper Beaver Creek Road I see Black Angus, wildlife and the unexpected.
Christine M. Kendall is a poet and member of Confluence Poets in the Methow Valley and Independent Writers’ Studio in Bellingham, Washington. She’s published in journals, and anthologies, and her collection, Resting in the Familiar, uses poetry as her vehicle in memoir writing. This book recounts family stories and events in her life growing up in an Air Force family, her life in Bellingham and in Twisp, including her experience of the Carlton Complex Fire in 2014. She participates in August Postcard poetry fest, and writes postcards about peace in February with World Peace Poets. Despite working in libraries for 30 years, twenty-eight of those in Wilson Library at Western Washington University, Christine can not pass up a bookstore, and generally does not exit one empty-handed.