AWP off-site, March 9

March 6, 2023

Here are a few of the AWP Seattle off-site events scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 2023:

Literary Rule Breakers: AWP 2023 offsite event – 1:00-2:00pm – at Seattle Coffee Works
To some artists, rules are actually challenges! At this event seven published writers will briefly explain what “rule” they are breaking and read a piece that in some way breaks a rule. Maybe in form or style, or simply through a character that doesn’t play by the rules. Come listen, drink tasty coffee, and chat with writers! Featuring: Jennifer Moore, Matt Bell, Katie Berta, Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, Josh Davis, Alyse Bensel, and Jennifer Pullen.

RHINO Poetry & Hypertext Review – 3:00-5:00pm – at Caffe Ladro
RHINO Poetry & Hypertext Review join forces at AWP next week. Stop by the table for free stuff and come to the reading on Thursday, 3/9 from 3-5 pm at Caffe Ladro: 801 Pine Street in Seattle! Free coffee, tea, and snacks.

A Dozen Nothing AWP Offsite Poetry Reading – 4:30pm – at Chop Suey
To celebrate seven years of bringing you some of the best poetry on the web, A Dozen Nothing presents the ultimate AWP offsite, featuring twenty-two fantastic poets from around the country at the legendary Capitol Hill music club, Chop Suey. Doors open at 4:30, so come early, buy a drink, and relax before the reading begins at 5:00 pm. 21 and over, no cover. Readers: Colleen Louise Barry, Mary Biddinger, Bill Carty, Jason Crawford, Nicelle Davis, Gabriel Dozal, Knox Gardner, Elizabyth Hiscox, Charles Jensen, Robert Lashley, Denis Mair, John Marshall, Trey Moody, Sierra Nelson, Shawnte Orion, Sarah Pape, Rena Priest, Todd Robinson, Lily Someson, Arianne True, Elizabeth Vignali, and Jason Whitmarsh. Check out their work at! Questions? Please email us at adozennothing@gmaildotcom

Water~Stone Review AWP Offsite Reading – 5:00pm – at The Tasting Room
Featured readers include contributing poetry editor Ed Bok Lee, and contributors Sin Yong-Mok, Kathryn Savage, Jake Levine, Jose Hernandez Diaz, and Joseph Holt.
No registration required. Just show up, sip some delicious offerings from The Tasting Room, and enjoy listening to our featured readers!

The Greensboro Review at AWP ’23 – Offsite Reading – 5:30-6:45pm – at The Rendezvous Seattle
Join The Greensboro Review in Seattle at an offsite event on Thursday 3/9, 5:30 – 6:45 PM in the Grotto at the historic Rendezvous & Jewelbox Theater.
Recent and forthcoming journal contributors will read their poetry and fiction to celebrate the coming release of our 113th issue (as well as 58 years of continuous publication). Featured readers include: Rose McLarney, Bill Hollands, Phoebe Oathout, Mike Good, Dan Albergotti, Candace Walsh, Jim Whiteside, and Emma DePanise. We regret the downstairs Grotto space is not ADA accessible.

Come as You Are: a reading produced by Leah Umansky + Dena Rash Guzman – 6:00-9:00pm – at A/NT Gallery
WHO: Robert Lashley, Sarah Gilbert, Meg Day, Nathan McClain, Zeina Hashem Beck, Dena Rash Guzman + Leah Umansky
Prelude: Music by Mark Brunke (guitar)
WHAT: verses + chords + vino

AWP23 Offsite Reading: Veliz Books, BOA Editions, & Noemi Press – 6:00pm – at the Seattle Public Library
Join us for an in-person reading at the beautiful Seattle Public Library, 10th Floor Reading Room! Featuring readings by: Molly Bendall, Tina Cane, Sehba Sarwar, Anthony Sutton, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Sandra Simonds, Jessica Q. Stark, Nawall Nader-French, Angela Pañeredando, and Casey Rocheteau.

Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow: A Trans-Genre Cabaret – 7:00-9:00pm – at Gallery 110
Features poets as early media film tellers (Benshis) performing new scripts to silent films, to now media poets spinning DJ jams around ChatGPT. Featured Poets: Katy Bohinc, De Kai, Henry Goldkamp, Greta Jane, Sean F. Munro, Roxi Power, Margaret Rhee, Mark Scroggins, Rodrigo Toscano, and Ronaldo V. Wilson.

AWP Offsite: Black SWANA Lit – 7:30pm – at Northwest Film Forum
Mizna launches the Black SWANA Takeover Issue with Safia Elhillo, Romaissaa Benzizoune, Samah Fadil, and Umniya Najaer. Join Mizna in Seattle for a night of Black SWANA literature and music. Coinciding with the national literary conference in Seattle, AWP 2023, Mizna presents an offsite event to launch the Black SWANA Takeover Issue. This reading will feature guest editor Safia Elhillo as well as Romaissaa Benzizoune, Samah Fadil, and Umniya Najaer. Ladin Awad will be MCing the reading and DJing a dance party to follow. This event takes place at the Northwest Film Forum on March 9, 2023, doors at 7:30pm, reading starts at 8pm. Space is limited. RSVP REQUIRED
COVID SAFETY: NWFF requires masks for all patrons while in the building; read more here:
For AWP attendees, also be sure to catch Mizna’s panel at AWP and visit us and RAWI at Booth 939 in the AWP book fair.

AWP 2023: Situated Sublimities – 7:30pm – at Beneath the Streets
Join us for an evening of poetry, featuring readings of newly published work by Elizabeth Metzger, Meghan Maguire Dahn, John James, Austen Leah Rose, J. Mae Barizo, Patrick James Errington, Kelly Weber, and Julia Guez.
Venue: Beneath the Streets, 102 Cherry St, Seattle, WA

#AWP23 Lit Up Thursday – 8:00pm – at Elliott Bay Book Company
An AWP Literary Reading & Party Hosted by: The Adroit Journal, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and Pleiades, featuring Sarah Ghazal Ali, Victoria Chang, Chen Chen, Chanda Feldman, Saúl Hernández, Faylita Hicks, Luther Hughes, K.Iver, Danny Lang-Perez, Dana Levin, Philip Metres, Chloe Garcia Roberts, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Vanessa Angelica Villarreal, Erika T. Wurth, with DJ Gold Chisme. After Party to follow next door @Oddfellows. First 100 attendees will receive a free drink ticket for the After Party.

Zoom Tuesday with Cirque

February 28, 2023

The latest issue of Cirque, Volume 13, Number 1, is now available online and for purchase. You can hear voices from this issue, plus readings from four new Cirque Press books, this evening, Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 7:00pm Pacific (6:00pm Alaska), on Zoom.

You can also pick up a copy of Cirque next week at AWP at the Cirque Press book fair booth (#119) or at their off-site reading, Friday, March 10, 2023, at 7:00pm, at Northlake Lutheran Church in Kenmore.

tonight in Bellingham!

February 24, 2023

Tonight, Friday, February 24, 2023, at 8:00pm Pacific, come on down to Honey Moon Mead & Cider in Bellingham and join Jory Mickelson, Caitlin Scarano, and Jessica Gigot for a poetry reading, with music by Louis Ledford.

Honey Moon has a busy calendar. Have a look.

get Fueled

February 18, 2023

Tieton, Washington, AKA Mighty Tieton, is usually mentioned here thanks to LiTFUSE, the three-day literary extravaganza that takes place there every September. But in addition to being a place of apples and art and artisan enterprise, Tieton now has a monthly poetry event: FUEL. On the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Fueling Station, Fuel presents a featured poet plus an open mic. Things get started with dinner and drinks at 6:30pm and the reading begins at 7:00.

On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, the featured poet will be Dayna Patterson. She will likely read from her brand-new book, O Lady, Speak Again, but whatever she chooses to read, it will be worth a trip to Tieton.

(In a related note, pre-registration is now open for LiTFUSE 2023.)

Saturday evening in Anacortes

February 15, 2023

The Madrona Project: Vol III Number 1: Art in a Public Voice bridges the divide between visual arts and literary arts. In this lavishly illustrated volume, writers respond to public artworks in the state of Washington.

On Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 7:00pm, as part of the bookstore’s ongoing monthly poetry series, a selection of contributing writers will read from the anthology at Pelican Bay Books in Anacortes.

Featured readers
Samuel Green • Sally Green • Michael Daley
Rena Priest • Jill McCabe Johnson • Kevin Miller
Luther Allen • Judy Kleinberg • Ed Harkness
Bill Ransom • Gary Thompson • Jeremy Voigt

Please join us!


February 14, 2023

This evening, Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 7:30pm Pacific, join Cobalt Poets online as they present Michael Dylan Welch plus an open reading (that’s you!). Cobalt Poets is a Facebook group organized by Rick Lupert, who is also the mastermind behind Poetry Super Highway. Here’s the event and here’s the Zoom. Bring your Valentine!

Pelican Bay Books is a wonderful bookstore in downtown Anacortes, Washington. Along with a huge inventory of used and rare books, wine, and coffee, the store hosts monthly poetry readings that bring out a warm and supportive audience of poets and poetry lovers. On Saturday, January 28, 2023, Pelican Bay will welcome poets Georgia Johnson, Roberto Ascalon, and Natalie Lahr. It should be good. Hope to see you there!

poetry and conversation

January 11, 2023

Join Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee), Rena Priest (Lummi, current Washington State Poet Laureate), Cedar Sigo (Suquamish), and Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw), in person or online as they read selections from their work and speak about poetry and the world through an Indigenous lens. Hosted by Linley Logan, the FREE event is taking place on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 7:00pm, in Olympia at s’gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ: House of Welcome, and will also be livestreamed. Register on eventbrite to participate in-person (nearly sold out!) or online.

six days in November

October 27, 2022

While the graphics and the official materials suggest that the Portland Book Festival is a one-day event, on Saturday, November 5, 2022, that doesn’t begin to cover it. In addition to the Saturday main-stage and pop-up events, the Festival is offering an array of Cover-to-Cover events from Tuesday, November 1, through Sunday, November 6, including readings, book launches, online workshops, etc. Scroll through the online schedule for details or view the complete 24-page program on issuu.

Sunday evening on YouTube

October 23, 2022

Join the Alaska Quarterly Review for another episode in the Pièces de Résistance Reading Series, today featuring Michael Waters, Kelli Russell Agodon, and Erin Coughlin Hollowell. Watch today, Sunday, October 23, 2022, on YouTube at 5:00pm Pacific (4:00pm Alaska). More about the poets on Facebook.

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