In December of last year, local poet Kim-An Lieberman passed away at age 39. She was one of the very best poets in the city—she often wrote about dualities, like the exhilarating heartbreak of possibilities, and the realistic side of romantic love—and I had been waiting for her new book, In Orbit, for a couple years.

Lieberman is no longer with us, but In Orbit is finally being published. This Sunday at 2 pm, Jack Straw New Media Gallery in the University District is hosting an event to celebrate the life and work of Kim-An Lieberman, and as a way to welcome the new book into the world. Kathleen Flenniken and a host of local poets will read Lieberman's poetry and talking about her influence. (I'll be reading two of her poems at the event, too.)

This is a weekend full of events—the Cascadia Poetry Festival is still going on all weekend long—but if you knew Lieberman's work, you might want to attend this one. Even if you didn't know her work, this seems like a good way to get to know the poet, and the person, and why she's so dearly missed.