a busy evening

February 18, 2021

Sometimes, there’s just too much going on. Today, Thursday, February 18, 2021, is one of those days. Choices must be made, but you may be able to squeeze in two of these three temptations.

We already mentioned Poetry & The Wild, a reading and conversation with Jane Hirshfield, at 5:00pm Pacific.

Maddeningly, at the same time, poet Lorna Crozier will be the inaugural speaker for The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Well-Versed: A Lecture Series.

Finally, Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry presents Jeffrey Cheatham II, Jamaica Baldwin, Jeanne Morel, and Alicia Cohen, online at Airmeet (“doors” 6:30pm, poetry 7:00pm).

The events are free, but registration is required.

Here’s a great story from Expedition Press:

Last spring, then-14-year-old Sabina Smith walked into the Expedition Press print shop, in Kingston, Washington, with June Jordan’s “Poem about My Rights” in hand. After reading it aloud, she turned to publisher/artist Myrna Keliher and said, “I never read a poem like THAT before. I didn’t know a poem could BE like that. Everyone needs to read this. I think it can change people’s minds. Can we print it?”

Keliher said yes. After more than a year of after-school and weekend sessions, Sabina has created a 4-foot long letterpress broadside of “Poem about My Rights” with the goal of selling it to benefit Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood.

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, poets Jamaica Baldwin, Jalayna Carter, and Natasha Marin will read work by Jordan that holds particular impact for them, and the event will culminate in a joint reading of “Poem about My Rights.” Join Expedition Press, Sabina Smith, and the poets for a memorable reading at Open Books in Seattle.

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