Bye Bye, WordsWest

May 27, 2019

For five years (2014-2019), WordsWest has hosted literary events on the third Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm, at C & P Coffee Company in West Seattle. This is the final year of events for WordsWest and Wednesday, June 19, 2019, is the last event. You’re invited to celebrate with the poets at “Cake in the Garden,” featuring an incredible line-up of WordsWest writers from all five years, including Elizabeth Austen, Quenton Baker, Rick Barot, Claudia Castro Luna, Christine Deavel, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Rachel Kessler, J.W. Marshall, Greg November, Renee Simms, and Ann Teplick. WordsWest co-curator Harold Taw will offer a favorite poem and Open Books will be on hand to offer books for sale.

Thanks to WordsWest for five good years!

You are invited to join WWU Creative Writing alumni Bailey Cunningham (BA, 2017), Katy Ellis (MA, 2002), Maya Jewell Zeller (BA, 2002) and Taneum Bambrick (BA, 2014) as they read poetry and prose alongside their most influential and inspiring Creative Writing faculty members, including Kami Westhoff, Carol Guess, Nancy Pagh, and Bruce Beasley, respectively.

The reading is free, open to the public, and part of Western Washington University’s Alumni Weekend. It will be held on campus at WWU, Friday, May 18, 2018, 4:30-6:00pm, in Viking Union 565.

congratulations!

June 10, 2017

Floating Bridge Press has announced the winners of their annual Poetry Chapbook Competition. More than a hundred Washington state poets submitted chapbooks for consideration. The judges selected 13 semifinalists, and from these chose this year’s winner, “Night Watch,” by Katy E. Ellis of Seattle, and two finalists, “The Meanest Things Pick Clean,” by Benjamin Cartwright of Spokane Falls, and “The Myth of Man,” by Alex Vigue of Ridgefield.

Here is the list of the semifinalists:

Scott Ferry “Book of 24 Streets”
Catherine Bull “Braless in the Apocalypse”
Lauren Gilmore “Common Teenage Mythology”
Ben Read “Count Each Body Twice”
Thomas Walton “How Can I Say the Lovely Rodents Blinding Me”
Demi Wetzel “Life of the Party”
Julianna Buckmiller “Neurotransmitters”
Judith Skillman “Once Upon a Yellow Sky”
Armin Tolentino “The Hard Hand of Cataclysm”
Elizabeth Vignali & Kami Westhoff “Your Body a Bullet”

Congratulations, one and all!
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July 7 reading - Floating Bridge
Floating Bridge Press presents a free reading and conversation with Risa Denenberg, Sue Sutherland-Hanson, and Katy E. Ellis, with host Kathleen Flenniken. At the Fremont Branch, Seattle Public Library, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

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