late (but not too late)

August 4, 2020

Back in 2017, poet Nicole Sealey realized that she “hadn’t been doing much reading” and decided to do something about it. She challenged herself to read a book or chapbook of poetry each day for the month of August and posted her intentions on social media. Poet Dante Micheaux coined a hashtag, #TheSealeyChallenge, and the word spread. (Here’s a 2018 article in Literary Hub on why Sealey launched her ambitious challenge.)

The Sealey Challenge is now in its fourth year. It’s already August 4, so you have a bit of catching up to do, but chapbooks count, so you can do it! We’ve posted loads of recommended titles and here’s a 2019 list in Electric Lit: “31 Poets Recommend 31 Poetry Books to Read Every Day in August.”

Plus, if you happen to be participating in the August Poetry Postcard Fest, this will give you plenty of fuel for your postcard poems. Happy reading!

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photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

opening

October 1, 2018

A new exhibit, Quenton Baker: Ballast, opens this Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and continues through February 3, 2019. Baker’s exhibition “will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard the brig Creole….It is the only successful large-scale revolt involving U.S.-born enslaved people in American history.

“Baker’s book project is a combination of erasure poems — made using pages from the Senate document detailing the Creole case — and poems in invented form that look at what some black writers and thinkers call ‘the long memory’ or the ‘long utterance’ of blackness.”

Baker will read from the work at 7:00pm on October 5, followed by a reception. On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Frye will host a reading and conversation with three poets selected by Baker: Amanda Johnston, Dante Micheaux, L. Lamar Wilson.

More about Quenton Baker.

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