The Plateau Area Writers Association, a gathering of accomplished and aspiring writers, is dedicated to forming writer's critique groups, encouraging our writers' creative efforts and providing community services while huddled in the shadow of Mt. Rainier in the plateau area of Southeast King & Northeast Pierce counties, Washington.

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and site of our meeting place since June 2015

The Claw of Enumclaw

The Claw of Enumclaw

1324 Roosevelt Ave E, Enumclaw, WA 98022


Tuesday, September 13, 2016
10 AM-12 PM


Thank you to our June Speaker: Richard K. Brugger, Poet Laureate of Auburn, and Former Vice-President of PAWA, on Writing his Memoirs

Richard Brugger

On January 3, 2012, the City of Auburn Council appointed the Auburn's first honorary Poet Laureate, Richard (Dick) Brugger, who will be our speaker this June meeting.

Marjorie Rommel and the Striped Water Poets of Auburn (an organization of 36 local poets) submitted the nomination of Dick Brugger as the Poet Laureate; an opportunity "to return poetry, reading, and all the literary arts to greater appreciation in Auburn. His poems are accessible, thought-provoking and often showcase Auburn. He is a published and award-winning poet and has many connections within the community.”

Richard Brugger’s poetry has appeared in the self-published Do Something & Other Poems, and in “the Plateau Area Writer’s Association (PAWA) Quarterly and Anthologies, the Doylestown Intelligencer (Pennsylvania) and Poets West Literary Journal. His prose has appeared in Heart of the Matter and in Plateau Area Writer’s Association Anthologies Contrasts, and he was a second place winner in the performance poet category at the Washington Poets Association annual meeting in Spring 2003 in Tacoma.”

Originally from Pennsylvania, Brugger served as a Franciscan priest on Vancouver, B.C.’s skid row starting in 1973 but left the priesthood in 1976 to marry his wife Lela. They were a few months in Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, and then settled in Auburn, where they raised two children and Richard took a job for the next 21 years heading Auburn Youth Resources; their building now under his name.

Brugger and Auburn acclimated to each other, and though he was no poet at the time, he says, he began writing poems anyway, for each birthday and anniversaries of his clients at the youth and family counseling center. When he retired in 1997, Brugger began honing his poetry skills in earnest with several years of classes at the University of Washington.

Richard has been the Vice President in charge of programs for the Plateau Area Writers Association for eleven years from 2004-2015, and before that, two years as President. He also served as the first editor of the PAWA Quarterly. Come join us and hear one of our celebrated founding members.


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