Musical Guest: Tanner B.
Featured Poet: Tara Hardy
Tara Hardy is the working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle, WA. She is the author of “Bring Down the Chandeliers,” published by Write Bloody Press in 2011, and is the current writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House. Tara is the 2011 recipient of the Washington Poets Association Burning Word Award and was elected Seattle Poet Populist in 2002. Tara has performed on seven final stages during various National Poetry Slam competitions and has been the Seattle Grand Slam Champion three times. Currently, Tara tours the U.S. as a poet, performer, keynote speaker and teaching artist. A daughter of the United Auto Workers and activist in anti-violence movements, Tara views art as a tool for social change. She holds an MFA from Vermont College.