Amy Solomon-Minarchi at Fall Arts Walk 2017

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS

Olympia poet Laureate Amy Solomon-Minarchi is doing everything she can to change the perception of poetry as a stuffy, elitist art form. “Poetry is accessible,” says Solomon-Minarchi. “We do not need to be in a fancy school, have advanced equipment and technology or have a small window of opportunity for success to write, read or perform poetry.” The poet laureate has been holding poetry workshops, performing spoken word and installing poetry in public spaces since she took up her role in November 2016. At this year’s Fall Arts Walk, Solomon-Minarchi will be one of several local artists holding pop-up performances in the street-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows of The Washington Center. Her performance may include appearances by other notable poets, though City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation officials can’t confirm the details until the Fall Arts Walk map is published closer to the event.

What: pop-up performances

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6;
Noon – 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

How much: free

Learn more: 360-753-8585 | The Washington Center

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