On Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 2:00pm, you’re invited to join a stellar lineup of poets, writers, and artists — including Dorothea Lasky, Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, Sadie Dupuis, Ryo Yamaguchi, Laura Da’, Andrew Schelling, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore — in celebrating the life and work of Allen Ginsberg, famed Beat poet and author of Howl.

Staged performances of his poetry will be presented at Volunteer Park in conjunction with Geoffrey Farmer’s photographic installation piece, If You Want To See Something Look at Something Else (Allen Ginsberg 1926–1997).

This event is presented by Hugo House in partnership with Western Bridge.

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June 16, 2019

2019 Merit Award
By Lucas Cunningham

I felt my head — with wings of silk
Off of my shoulders fly
It chirped — but once — before the Dusk
Did fill the auburn sky

I thought to think I could not think
Forsaken was my Mind —
And in its place beneath my neck
The Face it left behind

Blind and bereft — all that was Left
Once nightward thoughts had flown —
A gasping mouth — upon my Heart
A face but left Alone

I know not now where flew my Head
Nor how it felt to Die —
But I know grief — the Hunger of
The Anthropophagi

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*Copyright 2019 by Lucas Cunningham. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.

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Lucas Cunningham is a senior at Sehome High School. He will be attending Pomona College, where he plans to study environmental science and creative writing. This is his first published poem, but he hopes to pursue more writing opportunities in the future.

“Anthropophagi” was inspired by the author’s AP Lit class. While reading Othello, the class stumbled upon a particularly intriguing illustration, and so the “anthropophagi” became a kind of motif throughout the year. The poem is written in the style of Emily Dickinson, but its heart will always remain with Ms. Nyman’s 3rd period class.


June 14, 2019

Sunday, June 16, is Bloomsday, a commemoration of the life and words of James Joyce, celebrated with readings from Ulysses.

In Seattle, the Wild Geese Players will present a staged reading of Chapter 10, “Wandering Rocks,” adapted from the 1922 edition of Ulysses.

The group’s 22nd annual Bloomsday reading will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 2:00pm in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Central Library.

They will also be reading excerpts from the book at 6:00pm today, Friday, June 14, at Folio Seattle.

on poetry

June 13, 2019

“Heaven deliver us, what’s a poet? Something that can’t go to bed without making a song about it.”
Dorothy L. Sayers
(June 13, 1893 – December 17, 1957)

workshop your summer

June 11, 2019

Should you decide to get out of your hammock this summer, you might consider taking a poetry workshop or two. Registration for Hugo House summer classes and workshops is now open and early-bird pricing will be in effect through June 17, 2019.

And if you happen to be in or near Tacoma, have a look at the free workshops being offered by Tacoma’s new poet laureate, Abby Murray. One series will be held Wednesday evenings at the Eastside Community Center, and another series on Thursday evenings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

tonight in Seattle

June 10, 2019

book cover

Give your Monday night some extra juice as Christopher Luna takes the mic at Easy Speak Seattle to offer a taste of his new book, Message from the Vessel in a Dream. Open mic at 8:00pm, feature at about 8:40pm, all happening at the Wedgwood Ale House tonight, Monday, June 10, 2019.


June 9, 2019

2019 Merit Award
By Porter Chesbrough, Grade 6

Going everywhere
On the earth
Every day
For there are places to go.

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*Copyright 2019 by Porter Chesbrough. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.

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My name is Porter Chesbrough, I am in 6th grade, and I go to Whatcom Middle School. I am 12 years old, and I am an active kid, I like to ski, run, mountain bike, doodle, play soccer, and more. I do not really have much experience in writing poetry.

I wrote this poem for a poetry unit in my 6th grade language arts class. Mr. Owens is a great teacher and inspired me. It is a cinquain poem about people, animals, and other things going everywhere.

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