The following is from the Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle) Events page for June. I believe I have Karen Maeda Allman, bookseller and director of Author Events at EBB to thank for the kind description. As a writer who uses their bookstore as a gathering space, she is referring to the fact that I am part of Waverly Fitzgerald’s monthly Shipping Group at the EBB cafe. Thank you Waverly and all my fella’ Shippers for all the support over the years!
I want to add that we may (hopefully) be joined on June 11th by Nina Gaby, psych nurse practitioner, visual artist, and writer from the Boston area. Her essay “Careening Toward Reunion” in the Becoming a Nurse anthology is quite dogeared in my personal copy. I seriously want to meet her… If you are in the Seattle area on June 11th, please come join us for some nurse power time at Elliott Bay.
It’s a particular pleasure for us when writers who use our bookstore as a gathering space have new work to celebrate, as will happen a few times this spring and summer. Tonight, Josephine Ensign, who has contributed so much to our community as a nurse and teacher of the next generation of nurses, appears with colleague Eddie Lueken and Karla Thellen for a group reading from their new anthology, I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse (edited by Lee Gutkind, InFact Books). Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system and these stories reveal something of the experiences of nurses at all stages of their careers. Here is illuminating reading for those aspiring to join the profession as well as for those who benefit from their work.