hen we put 17-year-old SHAWNA TATE on the cover of our September 21 Back to School issue, we never could've anticipated the response she'd receive. Literally dozens of people called to inquire, "Who is that foxy chick?" Well, FYI, Shawna is the hard-rockin', party-lovin' niece of Stranger publisher Tim Keck, currently in her senior year at Alpena High in Alpena, Michigan. But after hearing of her many local admirers, Shawna's considering paying a visit to Seattle, to check out our hard-rocking town for herself!

So here's where you come in, Shawna fans. We wanna know why you think you're the perfect date for Shawna Tate. Write a letter, a poem, a haiku, a song, whatever it takes to convince us--and Shawna!--that you're the one most deserving of her foxiness. Who knows? You might get lucky!

Send your entries to:


c/o The Stranger

1535 11th Ave, 3rd Floor

Seattle, WA 98122