This week, the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program presents the 2018 Annual Spring Reading Series. Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30pm in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, located on campus, at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The readings:

  • Saturday, June 16 – Chris Abani, Ellen Bass & Kellie Wells
  • Sunday, June 17 – Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Pete Fromm & David Long
  • Monday, June 18 – Judy Blunt, Mike Magnuson & Matthew Shenoda
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Marvin Bell, Frank Gaspar & Molly Gloss
  • Thursday, June 21 – Debra Gwartney, John McNally & Mary Helen Stefaniak
  • Friday, June 22 – Claire Davis, Laura Hendrie & Dorianne Laux
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farm-fresh poetry

June 15, 2018

In the brief history of the birth of the Lents International Farmers Market Poetry Series, Lents, Oregon, is described as a “little rugged, urban neighborhood…. in Outer Southeast Portland, a place that is often overlooked for its past history of crime and poverty, but an area that is rich in culture and down-to-earth-people.”

Founded in 2012, the series features monthly poetry readings on the main stage at the Sunday morning farmers market. Each reading features several distinguished local poets. This summer’s readings are on July 1, August 5, and September 9.

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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.

LiTFUSE your summer

June 6, 2018

LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop 2018 features Kevin Prufer, with Katrina Roberts, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Jonathan Johnson, Rick Barot, Christopher Howell, Jennifer Boyden, Kevin Goodan, Douglas Manuel, Kimberly Burwick, Imani Sims, Joanna Thomas, Raul Sanchez, and a special performance by Gerardo Calderon.

It’s happening Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, 2018, in Tieton, Washington.

Registration is open and Early Bird rates apply through August 31. Registration includes Friday night’s Poetry Slam, Saturday and Sunday classes and readings, and the annual Poets’ Banquet with keynote on Saturday night. Master Classes, taught by Kevin Prufer, Katrina Roberts, and Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, will be offered Friday and Saturday for an additional fee.

Space is limited. Imagination is not. Reserve your spot at LiTFUSE.

come hear Harvey!

June 1, 2018

Join Harvey Schwartz and friends for the launch of his new collection of poems, Hampden Road. At Village Books in Fairhaven (Bellingham) on Thursday, June 7, 2018, the evening will start at 6:30pm as Paul and Allison Anders (father and daughter), present a mini-concert on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and voice. At 7:00pm, Harvey will read poems and share anecdotes about his life, with musical interludes by Paul and Allison.

Mark your calendar for the first Sunday of the month at 5:00pm, as a series of summer sidewalk readings present the voices of Bellingham poets. If you show up at 1507 Larrabee, in Fairhaven, look for the book box and that’s where the the readings will be held.

June 3 ~ Shannon P. Laws
July 1 ~ Donna Rushing
August 5 ~ Jim Bertolino & Anita K. Boyle
September 2 ~ Nancy Canyon

See you there!

Thursday in Seattle

May 16, 2018

Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press), which is A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, WINNER of the T.S. Eliot Prize, WINNER of the Whiting Award, WINNER of the Forward Prize, WINNER of the Thom Gunn Award, finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. It was also named a Best Book of the Year at The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Huffington Post, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Sunday Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The Telegraph, Irish Times, Library Journal, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Entropy Magazine, and BookThug.

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 17, 2018, Ocean Vuong will give his first public reading from the book in Seattle, starting at 7:00pm at Canvas Event Space. This is a ticketed event, though no one will be turned away.

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