Frances McCue

Timber Curtain by Frances McCue

Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. From 1996-2006, she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. In 2011, McCue became the first writer to win the Washington State Book Award for one book (THE BLED, a poetry collection) and place as a finalist for a second book (THE CAR THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE STILL RUNS). THE BLED also won the Grub Street National Book Prize and was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award. In a review of THE CAR THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE STILL RUNS, her book about the poet Richard Hugo, critics at Rain Taxi said: “What she accomplishes is nothing short of astonishing.” Her first poetry collection, THE STENOGRAPHER’S BREAKFAST, won the Barnard New Women’s Poetry Prize. She writes the "Dear Arts Instigator" column for Frontrunner Magazine.

McCue’s new book, TIMBER CURTAIN, is a poetry narrative that traces the loss of an old building in Seattle and charts an artist’s dialogue with erasure and gentrification. Charles D’Ambrosio calls it “a Northwest Classic.”

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