September 8, 2020

Seattle was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017. But long before that title became official, local writers had begun reflecting on what it would mean to the citizens and the character of the city. They have continued to do so, and now Kristen Millares Young has collected and edited an anthology of essays by local writers, Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, to be published this month.

Read an article by Trevor Lenzmeier in The Seattle Times and an excerpt by Claudia Castro Luna in Crosscut.

The Seattle Public Library will host a virtual release party for Seismic on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 7:00pm. The event is free, but registration is required.

Poetry Unites

August 13, 2020

The POETRY UNITES America series has apparently been around since 2014, when filmmaker and author Ewa Zadrzyńska introduced her project in the U.S. One state at a time, local residents are invited to submit an essay on their favorite poem and why this particular poem has resonance for them. A jury composed of writers, poets, and critics selects the best essays and director Zadrzyńska and her crew shoots portraits of the winners. The videos are informal and quite personal.

The project launched in New York in 2014, in Kansas in 2017, and has just opened for submissions in Kentucky. POETRY UNITES has also produced more than 100 portraits of people born in Poland, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Israel, Korea, Japan, Bulgaria and Rwanda.

See more and watch a sampling of videos on the POETRY UNITES America website and on Facebook.

de Gutes and Miller: memoir

September 30, 2017

This should be an exceptional evening at Village Books in Bellingham: Kate Carroll de Gutes and Brenda Miller read from their latest books, The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons from the Best & Worst Year of My Life (Two Sylvias Press) and An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books), respectively. In each of these books, essays-as-memoir shine with personal and poetic grace. Join the audience on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 7:00pm.

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