Celebrating Denise Levertov in Seattle

May 3, 2015

Breathing the Water

Breathing the Water is a Seattle celebration of the work and life of poet Denise Levertov. Events include films, readings, recitals and other gatherings. (Click on dates for additional information.)

On Monday, May 4, 2015, at 6:00pm, author Rebecca Brown, poet Jan Wallace, and The Project Room will host an evening remembering Levertov by introducing her work, screening short films about her and sharing audio and video clips of Levertov reading.

On Tuesday, May 5, at 7:00pm, an Homage to Levertov reading at the Sorrento Hotel will feature Fr. John D. Whitney, SJ, Philip Shaw, Mark Petterson and Jan Wallace reading poems by Levertov as well as original work inspired by the poet. Music by Rick Miller, of the Half-Brothers. Rebecca Brown, emcee.

On Thursday, May 7, at 7:00pm, at St. Joseph Parish, poet and Levertov friend Jan Wallace, pastor of St Joseph, Fr. John D. Whitney, SJ, and writer and parishioner Rebecca Brown will present a brief biography of Levertov, then read and discuss several Levertov poems, with special emphasis on her Catholic poems and those written during the time she was a parishioner at St Joseph. A St Joseph middle school student will read original poems written with Levertov Festival visiting writers.

On Saturday, May 9, at 11:00am, at Lakeview Cemetery, Fr. Glen Butterworth will offer a gravesite blessing, and Levertov friends and poets Jan Wallace and Emily Warn will read Levertov and original poems.

On Thursday, May 14, at 7:00pm, at The Elliott Bay Book Company, there will be a celebration of Levertov’s writing by Rebecca Brown and other friends and writers influenced by her work.

On Saturday, May 16 (City of Seattle’s Denise Levertov Day), Choral Arts, a vocal ensemble in residence at St Joseph Church, where Levertov was a parishioner, will present the world premiere of a setting of Levertov’s poem “Making Peace,” at 8:00pm at the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. The evening starts with a reception, at 6:15pm, and a pre-concert conversation, at 7:30pm.

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