Poet Laureate

Olympia Poet Laureate Sady Sparks

Olympia's Poet Laureate

On November 27, 2018 City Council named Sady Sparks as Olympia's second Poet Laureate. The goal of the Poet Laureate is to:

  • Promote poetry as an art form
  • Expand access to the literary arts
  • Connect the community to poetry
  • Promote poetry as a community voice that contributes to a sense of place

Sady writes “I am passionate about creating vibrant and enthusiastic spaces where people see, create, share and play with poetry.” Read Sady's interview in South Sound Magazine...

Upcoming Events


  • Fri & Sat, April 26 & 27: Instant Poetry at Arts Walk


  • Wednesday, May 8, 11-4 p.m.: Evergreen Spring Arts Fair
  • Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-8 p.m.: Featured reader at Olympia Poetry Network's reading at Traditions

Past Events

  • Poetry reading for Pump Track Grand Opening
  • Poem reading at Mary Oliver Poetry Night at Browser's Books

Original Poetry

As is now tradition, Sady opened the first City Council meeting of 2019, with a poetry reading. For the occasion, she shared a new poem, written for the event, which asks us to consider the necessity of habit. View the video...

Eating out of Season

Dusty blueberries in January have a sour burn, have traveled around 6,445.25 miles, and make you slightly nostalgic.

You remember pulling down clumps into your hand like grapes last September as Rachel told you about their silent brother.

You remember walking to your neighbor's two bushes most mornings to collect toppings for your oatmeal.

You remember the mothers that fill small glass containers for toddlers who like to suck on the white insides.

You remember they had softer skin in the wild, had more juice, and the sweetness was forever.

You consider the truck journeying up from Chile, skin hardening through time zones, orchard home blurred to memory.

You wonder if they are shipped as green and red babies, and how exactly they ripen. Is there sunshine in the truck?

How many Chileans are snacking on blueberries tonight?

You bet they are sweeter, you bet the laughter falls into hands like clumps.


Contact Stephanie Johnson at 360.709.2678 or sjohnso1@ci.olympia.wa.us