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74th Street Writers



Marvin Bell


MARVIN BELL's poetry has been part of the conversation for five decades.  He is the creator of what are known as the “Dead Man” and “Dead Man Resurrected” poems, and has been called “an insider who thinks like an outsider” and “ambitious without pretension.”

He is the author of twenty-three books, most recently Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems; Whiteout, a collaboration with the photographer Nathan Lyons; A Primer about the Flag, a children's book with illustrations by Chris Raschka; and Mars Being Red, a wartime collection. Five poems from Poetry for a Midsummer's Night were set to music by David Gompper for a concert series at the University of Iowa. Mr. Bell has won the Lamont Award for A Probable Volume of Dreams, was a National Book Award finalist for Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See, and, with William Stafford,  created a book of poetry written as correspondence.  In addition, he has contributed to The Pen and The Key: 50th Anniversary Anthology of Pacific Northwest Writers (2005).

In 2005, he retired after forty years on the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  Mr. Bell leads an annual Urban Teachers Workshop for America SCORES, collaborates with composers, musicians, filmmakers and dancers, and teaches for two low-residency MFA programs housed in the Northwest.  His literary honors include awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Poetry Review, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.  From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Bell served as Iowa's first poet laureate.  He lives with his wife in Port Townsend, Washington and winters in Iowa City, Iowa.
Marvin Bell's Complete Bibliography

Peter Kahle

PETER KAHLE'S latest book, Passage of the Kissing People, is a novel of love, betrayal and family language. This marks 74th Street Productions' first foray into adult contemporary literary fiction. 
The story draws on Kahle's family memories of the Sonoma Valley and the old State Home.
Mr. Kahle's first book, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Prose Narrative, was honored as a finalist in the national Small Press Book Awards (juvenile/young adult fiction).  His second, Shakespeare's The Tempest: A Prose Narrative, was chosen as a national finalist for the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Kahle also studied writing at the University of Washington with National Book Award winner Charles Johnson.  He taught high school, has been an architectural stained glass artist, a lacrosse referee and has directed amateur theatre productions.  He is a past president of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and currently serves as an advisor to the board of directors.  A founding member of the Collective Wheee!, he says he is more of a Shakespeare enthusiast than a scholar, and enjoys making the plays accessible by speaking at schools and libraries about topics that include writing, family language, Shakespeare and the performing and literary arts.  

Born in Washington state, he has two sons and lives in Seattle with his wife.




Melanie Workhoven


MELANIE WORKHOVEN came  originally from the Midwest, she attended Northwestern University, majoring in Oral Interpretation. She studied improvisation at Paramount Studios, and voice with Mary Massey. She has been a radio personality, voiceover talent, copywriter, teacher and acting coach. Theatrical background includes the stage, major motion pictures and network television. Ms. Workhoven is a personal acting coach and conducts actor's workshops, as well as writer's workshops especially designed to teach drama and acting strategies to writers seeking to hone their presentation and public reading skills. Naked at the Podium is her first book.

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