LitFest continues tonight at CBC

The Mid-Columbia Literary Festival puts another Northwest writer in the spotlight tonight when poet Tod Marshall appears at Columbia Basin College.

The Gonzaga University professor's reading is set for 7 p.m. at the HUB Main Stage.

His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia's Contemporary Poetry Series. His second collection, The Tangled Line, was published in 2009.

Marshall's collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, makes him both fan and artist.

"Each conversation -- from learned discussions with such intense poet-scholars as Robert Hass and Edward Hirsch to the mystical perceptions of Li-Young Lee to Linda Bierds' interest in writing about lives other than her own to Yusef Komunyakaa's connection to place -- deepens the reader's appreciation for all the knowledge, emotion and conviction that make poetry the wonder, pleasure and solace it is," wrote Donna Seaman in Booklist.

As poet and teacher, Marshall should satisfy poetry lovers and those looking for an introduction to contemporary poetry.