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Poet Ricardo Ruiz will teach a bilingual writing workshop, Finding Your Voice, on how the practice of mindfulness and poetry can help a person discover their voice, at three NCW Libraries locations and one off-site location in September.

The workshop will introduce poetry and demonstrate how it can help us develop self-awareness and expression. The class is open to all. No prior writing experience is needed! The workshop will include basic mindfulness practices and guided writing expenses. Participants will write one poem by the end of the session.

This program is presented in English and Spanish.

Ruiz grew up in Othello, in south-central Washington, the son of potato factory workers. His work as a poet and writer often draws from his experience as a first-generation Mexican-American. He is passionate about elevating the marginalized voices from rural communities and takes pride in being a conduit for cultural connection.

He earned a BA in English: Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and is a U.S. Army veteran. While in the military he was recognized as a distinguished honor graduate and distinguised leader during his Advanced Leadership course.


Moses Lake Public Library

Sept. 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

Wenatchee Public Library

Sept. 9, 2-4 p.m.

Quincy Public Library

Sept. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Brewster High School (Off site while the Brewster Library undergoes renovations)

Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m.

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