If you want a poet like Walt Whitman, who ranges over a multitude, from wind and water to the loss of love, from the geopolitics of agriculture to the economics of hydroelectricity, from the broken dreams of hardscrabble farmers to the memories of a father=s canoeing the river with his children, read George Venn.
Murdo William McRae, Pacific Northwest Quarterly
George Venn’s poetry has a reputation for durability…Durability is also the subject of many of these poems… and they deserve admiration for their strengths and generally unfailing craftsmanship.
Roger Weaver, Northwest Review
Our favorite readings? Where the poet has prepared, has command of the poems, presents poems which make us feel and think, and when we go home, we feel as though we’ve participated in something wonderful: George Venn comes to mind, as do William Stafford, Sam Hamill, and Colleen McElroy.
Teresa Bachman, President, Washington Poets Association