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Writer and Poet Tammy Robacker's 1st Book: The Vicissitudes

Published by Pearle Publications LLC

Photo Credit: Bonnie Char

Tammy Robacker served as Poet Laureate of Tacoma, WA in 2010-11, and she is a 2011 Hedgebrook Writer in Residence award winner. In 2009, Ms. Robacker published her first collection of poetry, The Vicissitudes. Tammy's poetry has appeared in WomenArts, Comstock Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Columbia Magazine, Floating Bridge Review: Pontoon, and the Allegheny Review. Her poetry manuscript, We Ate Our Mothers, Girls, was selected as a finalist in the 2009 Floating Bridge Press chapbook contest. Currently enrolled in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University, Tammy is working on a second poetry collection titled, Villain Song.

Her poetry has appeared in Plazm, Floating Bridge Review: Pontoon, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Word Salad, Pens on Fire, and the Allegheny Review. Tammy Robacker's poetry manuscript, We Ate Our Mothers, Girls was selected as a finalist in the 2009 Floating Bridge Press chapbook contest in Seattle, WA.

Click here to view a poetry sample of Tammy's work: On the Bureau, Bullets


Northwest poet Tammy Robacker deserves praise of the highest order for her first book, The Vicissitudes. The Vicissitudes presents a deep and daring collection of poetry from this new writer. Each poem is a highly-polished memento that has emerged exquisite from a bumpy, personal spin among all manner of her life's vicissitudes and the poet's own pure talent. Robacker's work candidly, courageously, and oftentimes comically pokes fun at puberty, scoffs authority, languishes lost love, battles cancer, dances dizzy in red high heels, and hitchhikes its way straight into your heart." -- Pearl Publications

Robacker's collection of poetry, The Vicissitudes, was made possible due to funding by the
Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) grant awarded to her in 2009 from
the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Arts Commission.

"In Tammy Robacker's The Vicissitudes, the poems are at once tender and tough. ...Robacker leaves no one behind, and her humor is the good cop throughout these poems."

--Kevin Miller, Poet, Home & Away: The Old Town Poems


"Tammy Robacker's poems are acts of remembrance, the deliberate piecing together of fragments into that uncanny assemblage that constitute the adult self. Reading Robacker's work, I am struck by the frankness with which she recounts emotionally difficult material and by the honesty of her language. These poems are confessional in the best sense of the word: they bear witness, they show faith, they trust."

--William Kupinse, Poet, Fallow and the 2008-09 Poet Laureate of Tacoma, WA.

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Speak Your Soul (SYS)
Kings Bookstore
Puget Sound Poetry Connection (PSPC)
Exquisite Disarray Publishing
Tacoma Arts Commission

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