soon in Seattle

September 29, 2018

Gramma is an independent poetry press based in Seattle. Among its other activities, Gramma produces the Reading Series, a quarterly arts and literary event featuring local and national writers, performers, and artists of all disciplines.

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, The Gramma Reading Series #2 will feature poets Tyehimba Jess, Kaveh Akbar, and Anastacia Renée, along with Moonshine: A Cabaret performed by Au Collective and directed by Imana Gunawan. The Stranger’s Kim Selling will host. The event will be held at Seattle Central College’s Erickson Little Theatre off Broadway. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Love…tonight!

June 8, 2018

Tonight, Friday, June 8, 2018, at 7:00pm at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Paige Lewis & Kaveh Akbar celebrate their June 9th wedding with this celebratory, pre-nuptial group reading by an amazing array of poets come to witness and celebrate the occasion. Paige Lewis has a first chapbook, Reasons to Wake You (Tupelo), coming this year. Kaveh Akbar’s Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books) was one of the poetic books of 2017, never mind it also being a debut. Paige Lewis and Kaveh Akbar live in Tallahassee and make the excellent online poetry journal, Divedapper, happen. Thanks to them, they are also making this night happen.

Among those expected to read tonight: Hanif Abdurraqib, Kaveh Akbar, Eloisa Amezcua, Fatimah Asghar, Kelly Butler, Robert Olen Butler, Richard Cardillo, Sumita Chakraborty, Jos Charles, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Safia Elhillo, Kat Finch, Steve Henn, Zaya Henn, Sara Eliza Johnson, Paige Lewis, Zach Linge, Carly Joy Miller, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Jacquelyn Pope, Jayme Ringleb, Don Share, Danez Smith, Melissa Studdard, John Taylor, David J. Thompson, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, R.A. Villaneuva, and Jane Wong. Wow.

Admission is free but there is a suggested $5 donation, all proceeds going to Solid Ground Seattle.

new at the Paris Review

March 7, 2018

Whatever your beliefs regarding the healing powers of poetry (and we’ve posted on the subject previously), it’s heartening to see that The Paris Review is prescribing poetry in its new column, Poetry Rx. Readers write in to describe their ailments and resident poets Kaveh Akbar, Sarah Kay, and Claire Schwartz offer their best remedies.

poetry on film

February 25, 2018

In our ongoing pursuit of poetry on film, we should mention the new independent film, The Kindergarten Teacher. Directed by Sara Colangelo, the film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and includes the work of a number of poets, including Ocean Vuong and Kaveh Akbar. To learn more about how the poetry found its way into the film, view the Sundance Film Festival video on the Los Angeles Times website.

(According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film rights have just been acquired by Netflix, which will release the movie later this year.)

poets’ words

January 7, 2016

divedapper
Divedapper is a site “devoted exclusively to featuring interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry.” The interviews, by poet Kaveh Akbar, are wide-ranging conversations that include a variety of links, which expand upon the topics discussed and the poet interviewed. Have a look.

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