Next Generation*

May 21, 2023

2022 Merit Award
By Joselyn Vasquez

Craving inspiration for our next generation
See, we need to save the population
Start some operation
Save this inhumane foundation
Let’s just start a conversation
Not antagonize discrimination
Revive our motivation
to survive this simulation
Immigration, starvation, hesitation
All things stopping us from mass celebration
See, this just my speculation
but shit won’t change without

*Copyright © 2022 by Joselyn Vasquez. Broadside illustrated by Megan Carroll.


January 5, 2022

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 19, 2022, when Kelli Russell Agodon is joined by Maggie Smith for poetry and conversation. Presented by Third Place Books, the Zoom event is free with advance registration.

Durable Grace

October 13, 2020

There’s no Skagit River Poetry Festival this year, but you can still join the Skagit River Poetry Foundation and former Washington State poet laureate Elizabeth Austen for Durable Grace: An evening with Terrance Hayes, on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at 5:00pm Pacific. The event is free (donations welcome and encouraged) and will stream live on the Skagit River Poetry Foundation website.

More on Terrance Hayes. More on Elizabeth Austen.


April 8, 2019

This should be good. Poet/etc. Maria McLeod conducts a conversation with author Steve Hughes on the subject of his new collection, Stiff, and no doubt other topics. Here’s a brief introduction to the book:

With a hearty helping of Detroit grit, the stories in Stiff pay homage to a city turned upside down by economic abandonment. Steve Hughes pushes the boundaries of realism with characters that seem odd and otherworldly. In his Detroit, witches cast spells to improve their husbands, chickens grow from seeds, and lovers realize their sex organs have minds of their own. The characters in Stiff are all searching for something in each other — a certain wholeness or understanding, a place to rest and call home. In “Ripening,” a man and woman in an illicit affair witness their genitals leaving their bodies for a rendezvous. In “Dexter’s Song,” a drug-addicted saxophone player meets a bored suburban woman who gives him her ex-boyfriend’s sax, which unleashes a series of disasters but empowers him to play better than ever. Readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy this outrageous and evocative ensemble of stories.

Listen in to their conversation on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 7:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham.

listen up

July 5, 2016

The Archive Project

If you enjoy listening to the conversation of intelligent people, check out The Archive Project. A collection of talks from the Portland Arts & Lectures series, The Archive Project offers more than 250 original lectures for free listening and downloading as well as weekly broadcasts from the archive on Portland’s OPB Radio. A tremendous aural resource, including many poets.

talk about it

January 16, 2015

think & DRINK

In response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Humanities Washington is holding a special Think & Drink at Naked City next Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Grab a drink and talk with political cartoonist Milt Priggee, Islamic scholar David Fenner, and KUOW’s Ross Reynolds about freedom of expression, religious extremism and cultural sensitivities.

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