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Grantee: Kathryn Smith

Project Title: "The Chosen Companions of the Goblin": A Poetry Project
Year awarded: 2017, Round 1

“The Chosen Companions of the Goblin” is a book-length poetry project about and inspired by the Fox Sisters of Hydesville, New York, who in the mid-1800s helped spur—perhaps unwittingly—the Modern American Spiritualist movement. In other words, they claimed to communicate with the dead. The poems explore several intersections: most notably, the living and the dead, the earthly realm and the spirit realm, but also the intersections of fact and fiction, truth and lie, faith and proof, as well as the confluence of numerous historical factors in informing a movement.

“My vision for “The Chosen Companions of the Goblin” is two-fold. First, I intend to extend the series of poems I’ve already begun into a book-length project combining poetry and erasure. Second, utilizing collage and bookbinding, I envision either a one-of-a-kind art piece to accompany a publishable volume, or a small number of handmade, limited-edition chapbooks.”- Kathryn Smith

WITH SAGA SUPPORT

SAGA funding allowed Kathryn Smith to prepare and conduct several workshops in collaboration with local arts venues. These events and opportunities point to what makes Spokane such a great place for literary artists right now. New events are popping up all the time, often conceived by individual writers at a grassroots level, and the community helps make them happen. Local published authors offer workshops, but they also participate in them alongside brand new writers and students who have never shared their work publicly before.