6:00 p.m. today!

June 24, 2021

Sorry for the last-minute notice, but just learned about this free online reading at 6:00pm today, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Writers with work in the Submergence: Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon exhibition will present a live-on-Facebook reading of writing on the orca-salmon co/recovery theme.

Readers include Rena Priest, Christianne Balk, Sarah DeWeerdt, Sandra Noel, Orin Melvin, Jayne Marek, Alicia Hokanson, Gloria Vando, Sheila Dearden, Fredda Jaffe, Ching-In Chen, and Sophia McLain. Sophia McLain will also speak about the process of creating letterpress broadsides for the exhibition.

Submergence is the culmination of a workshop and event series co-created by Endangered Species Coalition and Creature Conserve, with support from Jack Straw Cultural Center.

You can visit the exhibition at Jack Straw Cultural Center until July 2, 2021. Schedule an appointment Monday-Friday between 10:00am-5:30pm by calling the gallery at (206) 634-0919 or emailing jsp@jackstraw.org.

Jack Straw voices

November 2, 2019

You have two opportunities to hear the 2019 Jack Straw Writers, this year selected by curator (and former Washington State Poet Laureate) Kathleen Flenniken.

Today, Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 2:00pm, the Downtown Seattle Public Library will present new work by Dianne Aprile, Shankar Narayan, Rena Priest, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Samar Abulhassan, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, Michael Schmeltzer, Josh Axelrad, Gabrielle Bates, and Suzanne Warren, hosted by Kathleen Flenniken.

Tomorrow, Village Books in Bellingham will host a six-pack of Jack Straw writers reading selections from the 2019 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. Join the audience at 4:00pm to hear Dianne Aprile, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Rena Priest, and Suzanne Warren.

Both readings are free.

More about Jack Straw.

reading the Raven

October 17, 2019

Raven Chronicles may have ended its run as a literary journal, but it is far from finished. Next Thursday, October 24, 2019, you can join a constable, an unkindness, or a conspiracy of ravens (all words for multitudes of such corvids) for a reading and reception for Stealing Light, A Raven Chronicles Anthology, Selected Work, 1991-1996. The evening will feature emcee Paul Hunter and readings by Bart Baxter, Alicia Hokanson, Anna Odessa Linzer, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. Find them at the Jack Straw Cultural Center starting at 7:00pm. Free.

In the ‘far from finished’ category, we should also mention that Raven Chronicles is beefing up its YouTube channel:

On our channel we have posted many readings from 2014 to the present, but in the coming months we will be updating the site to include all the readings we have videotaped in the past few years, at Jack Straw Studios, the Columbia City Gallery, and other venues. On the site now: Voices From The Margins, 6/1/19 Anna Bálint Library Reading/Talk; Stealing Light: A Raven Anthology reading at Seattle Downtown Library, 10/21/18; Bridges Not Walls: a collaborative/ bilingual presentation, 2/28/17; Jack Straw Reading, 11/18/16, from Raven’s Vol. 24, Jack Straw Writers Program, 1997-2016.

It’s time to hear the 2018 Jack Straw Writing Fellows at a series of three readings hosted by 2018 Writers Program Curator Daemond Arrindell. Held at the Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, admission to each reading is a $5 suggested donation, and comes with a gift of the 2018 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. A light reception will follow each event.

On Friday, May 1, 2018, featured readers are Bryan Edenfield, Kamari Bright, Corbin Louis, and Meredith Clark.

On Friday, May 11, featured readers are Juan Carlos Reyes, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Dujie Tahat, and Danielle Bero.

On Friday, May 18, featured readers are Jalayna Carter, Sarah María Medina, Daniel Atkinson, and Rachel Trignano.

the Raven comes home

June 17, 2017

Mark your calendar for Friday, July 7, 2017, and join in A Reading & Reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 24: HOME. Along with emcee Paul Hunter, readers will include Dianne Aprile, Anna Bálint, Jim Cantú, T. Clear, Clare Johnson, Shankar Narayan, Linda Packard, Joannie Stangeland, Carolyne Wright, and Recovery Café’s Safe Place Writing Circle readers. The 7:00pm event is free and will be held at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle.

Volume 24, on the theme HOME, features the work of 14 artists/illustrators and 68 writers from 21 states and 3 countries:

Words From the Café by Megan McInnis, Johnnie Powell, Cathy Scott, Jay Scott, and Susan Tekola.

Fiction by Jennifer Clark, Cheryce (Chy) Clayton, Clare Johnson, Gina LaLonde, Don Noel, Sue Gale Pace, Michael Philips, J.R. Robinson, and Terry Sanville.

Essays/nonfiction by Michael Dylan Welch, Inye Wokoma, Maria de Los Angeles, Diane Glancy, Thomas Hubbard, John Olson, Susan Noyes Platt, Maiah Merino, and Rebecca F. Reuter.

Poetry by Anna Bálint, Anita Endrezze, T. Clear, Larry Eickstaedt, Paul Hunter, Mark Trechock, Jim Cantú, Soonest Nathaniel, Luther Allen, Dianne Aprile, Virginia Barrett, Michele Bombardier, Elizabeth Burnam, Minnie Collins, Mary Eliza Crane, Larry Crist, Jenny Davis, Risa Denenberg, Patrick Dixon, Penny Harter, Tanya McDonald, Michael Dylan Welch, Sharon Hashimoto, Tom Hunley, Sarah Jones, J.I. Kleinberg, Charles Leggett, Joan McBride, Marjorie Maddox, Kate Miller, Kevin Miller, Shankar Narayan, Linda Packard, David J.S. Pickering, Robert Ronnow, Frank Rossini, Judith Skillman, Joannie Stangeland, Alison Stone, Angie Trudell Vasquez, Diana Woodcock, and Carolyne Wright.

Rants, Raves & Reviews
Alaskero Memories by Robert Francis Flor, reviewed by Maria Batayola
A Thousand Horses Out To Sea by Erika T. Wurth, reviewed by Thomas Hubbard
Words From the Café, An Anthology edited by Anna Bálint, reviewed by Martha Kreiner
Moods & Women & Men & Once Again Moods: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Erotic Poetry edited by Ruxandra Cesereanu, reviewed by Elizath Myhr
Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories by Donna Miscolta, reviewed by Angie Trudell Vasquez
Rules for Walking Out by Crysta Casey, reviewed by Corinna Wycoff
Love’s Last Number by Christopher Howell, reviewed by Polly Buckingham

. . . . .
cover art: The Fireplace in the Violinists’ House, oil on canvas, by Rebecca Pyle

May Reading Series

May 2, 2017

It’s once again time to hear the voices of the Jack Straw Writers Program. There are three readings scheduled at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Each reading will feature four 2017 Jack Straw Writing Fellows hosted by 2017 Writers Program Curator Jourdan Imani Keith:

Friday, May 5, 7:00pm: Jamaica Baldwin, Steph Kesey, Brandon Young, and D.A. Navoti
Friday, May 12, 7:00pm: afrose fatima ahmed, Catalina Marie Cantú, Calvin Gimpelevich, and Wancy Young Cho
Friday, May 19, 7:00pm: Quenton Baker, Ellie Belew, Hera McLeod, and Ashlan Runyan

The readings are free and you may want to allow a little extra time to view the exhibit of Glass Pyrographs by Etsuko Ichikawa and take in Meditations on Water, A Sound Installation by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell.

voices of May

April 29, 2016

Fridays at Jack Straw

The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings, to encourage the creation of new literary work, and to provide new venues for the writers and their work.”

The twelve 2016 Jack Straw Writers, selected by curator Karen Finneyfrock, will present their work in a series of three Friday evening readings in May at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Further details at Jack Straw and on Facebook.

Thursday at Jack Straw

April 15, 2015

Gailey at Jack Straw

You are invited to a book launch for Jeannine Hall Gailey‘s fourth collection of poetry, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. The event will be MC’d by Evan J. Peterson and the opening reader will be Kelli Russell Agodon. See what others have said about The Robot Scientist’s Daughter and then go hear for yourself. Should be a lively evening.

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