Congratulations!

September 12, 2021

Congratulations to Raven Chronicles Press, editors Phoebe Bosché, Anna Bálint, and Thomas Hubbard, and all the contributing poets and artists whose combined efforts turned Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, a Raven Chronicles Anthology into the winner of the 2021 Washington State Book Award in Poetry.

Congratulations as well to all the other winners and finalists in this year’s Washington State Book Awards.

the raven takes wing

October 1, 2020

Raven Chronicles and Raven Chronicles Press have a long history in Cascadia. The community-based magazine published 48 issues between 1991 and 2018. The press launched in 2016 and, in March 2020, published a particularly timely and important volume — Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, A Raven Chronicles Anthology. Edited by Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché and Thomas Hubbard, Take a Stand is a collection of poems, stories and images from 117 writers and 53 artists, with 69 illustrations.

As we’ve noted over recent months, an unexpected benefit of the shutdown has been to allow people to attend virtual readings, workshops, and classes that would otherwise have been geographically impractical, if not impossible. Now we can see that the opposite is also true: publications that we consider local can have an entirely new life in distant places.

In the coming days (starting today, October 1, 2020), Take a Stand will engage new audiences with readings and conversations from Virginia, Port Townsend, and Connecticut. The readings are free (registration required) and you can purchase a copy of Take a Stand: Art Against Hate at Raven Chronicles Press or your favorite independent bookstore.

reading the Raven

October 17, 2019

Raven Chronicles may have ended its run as a literary journal, but it is far from finished. Next Thursday, October 24, 2019, you can join a constable, an unkindness, or a conspiracy of ravens (all words for multitudes of such corvids) for a reading and reception for Stealing Light, A Raven Chronicles Anthology, Selected Work, 1991-1996. The evening will feature emcee Paul Hunter and readings by Bart Baxter, Alicia Hokanson, Anna Odessa Linzer, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. Find them at the Jack Straw Cultural Center starting at 7:00pm. Free.

In the ‘far from finished’ category, we should also mention that Raven Chronicles is beefing up its YouTube channel:

On our channel we have posted many readings from 2014 to the present, but in the coming months we will be updating the site to include all the readings we have videotaped in the past few years, at Jack Straw Studios, the Columbia City Gallery, and other venues. On the site now: Voices From The Margins, 6/1/19 Anna Bálint Library Reading/Talk; Stealing Light: A Raven Anthology reading at Seattle Downtown Library, 10/21/18; Bridges Not Walls: a collaborative/ bilingual presentation, 2/28/17; Jack Straw Reading, 11/18/16, from Raven’s Vol. 24, Jack Straw Writers Program, 1997-2016.

Raven in Kirkland

September 7, 2018

Join emcee Paul Hunter and poets Barbara Bloom, Loren Lilyn Lee, Jack Remick, Sherry Rind, Mary Eliza Crane, and Christopher J. Jarmick, at a reading and reception for Raven Chronicles Journal, Vol. 26: LAST CALL. Hosted by BookTree in Kirkland, Washington, the reading will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 8, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm, at BookTree. There will also be a limited open mic.

After 27 years, this is the last regular issue of Raven Chronicles. Please come honor one of Cascadia’s most influential publications.

the last Raven

July 31, 2018

Marking the end of an era that began in 1991, Raven Chronicles, Volume 26: Last Call is the literary journal’s final scheduled printing:

In a bar, “last call” means your last chance to order a drink. This is important, because the next public announcement will be the bar closing and you and your friends heading for the door. Well, this is our last call, at least for the near future. The Raven Chronicles, after chronicling the literary antics of tricksters and dreamers, the under-heard, the underserved (and probably underage), since 1991, will no longer publish a regularly-scheduled, subscription-based magazine. Yes, you read that right: the chronicles part of The Raven Chronicles is subsiding back into the northwest tree pulp from whence it came.

You can help celebrate all that Raven is and has been at a reading on Friday, August 3, 2018, at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, with Anna Balint (emcee), Recovery Café’s Safe Place Writing Circle members Cathy Scott, Megan McInnis, and Elliott Villarreal; and Chris Buckley, T. Clear, Joan Fiset, Steve Griggs, Mare Heron Hake, Thomas Hubbard, Paul Hunter, Anna Odessa Linzer, John Mifsud, Jed Myers, Vaibhav Saini (from Farmington, CT), Marianne Weltmann, Carletta Carrington Wilson, and Danae Wright.

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cover photo by Alfredo Arreguín

Raven lands in Kirkland

February 9, 2018

You’re invited to join RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS
and BookTree, an Independent Bookstore,
at a free reading and reception for
Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm

Paul Hunter will emcee and readers include Luther Allen, Ed Harkness, Alicia Hokanson, Thomas Hubbard, Jill McCabe Johnson, Jed Myers, and Mary Ellen Talley. An open mic will follow the reading.

In this issue of Raven Chronicles, edited by: Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Doug Johnson, writers and artists examine the theme “Balancing Acts” — how we live our lives fully, and maintain our relationship with the earth/planet and the diversity of life on it.

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cover art by Jeannie Grisham

Raven landing in Kirkland

February 8, 2018

The latest edition is out and you’re invited to join RAVEN CHRONICLES PRESS and BookTree at a reading and reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 25: Balancing Acts on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:15-7:30pm, at BookTree in Kirkland, Washington.

Edited by Anna Bálint, Phoebe Bosché, Matt Briggs, Paul Hunter, and Doug Johnson, Volume 25 features the work of 77 writers and 23 artists/illustrators from 17 states and 10 countries. To celebrating Seattle’s 2017 designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, Raven 25 also features writers from Seattle’s Sister City, Christchurch, New Zealand: Doc Drumheller, Fiona Farrell, Erik Kennedy, Nic Low, Frankie McMillan, and Heather McQuillan. Cover artwork is by Bainbridge Island artist Jeannie Grisham.

Featured readers on the 17th are Paul Hunter, emcee (Seattle); Luther Allen (Bellingham); Ed Harkness (Shoreline); Alicia Hokanson (Seattle); Thomas Hubbard (Kirkland); Jill McCabe Johnson (Orcas Island); Jed Myers (Seattle); and Mary Ellen Talley (Seattle). An Open Mic will follow the reading, from 7:30-8:20pm.

NOTE: Prior to the reading, 4:30-6:00pm, poet/editor/emcee Paul Hunter will offer a free workshop, also at BookTree: Storytelling for Poets, Essayists & Fiction Writers. See the details here.

the Raven comes home

June 17, 2017

Mark your calendar for Friday, July 7, 2017, and join in A Reading & Reception for Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 24: HOME. Along with emcee Paul Hunter, readers will include Dianne Aprile, Anna Bálint, Jim Cantú, T. Clear, Clare Johnson, Shankar Narayan, Linda Packard, Joannie Stangeland, Carolyne Wright, and Recovery Café’s Safe Place Writing Circle readers. The 7:00pm event is free and will be held at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle.

Volume 24, on the theme HOME, features the work of 14 artists/illustrators and 68 writers from 21 states and 3 countries:

Words From the Café by Megan McInnis, Johnnie Powell, Cathy Scott, Jay Scott, and Susan Tekola.

Fiction by Jennifer Clark, Cheryce (Chy) Clayton, Clare Johnson, Gina LaLonde, Don Noel, Sue Gale Pace, Michael Philips, J.R. Robinson, and Terry Sanville.

Essays/nonfiction by Michael Dylan Welch, Inye Wokoma, Maria de Los Angeles, Diane Glancy, Thomas Hubbard, John Olson, Susan Noyes Platt, Maiah Merino, and Rebecca F. Reuter.

Poetry by Anna Bálint, Anita Endrezze, T. Clear, Larry Eickstaedt, Paul Hunter, Mark Trechock, Jim Cantú, Soonest Nathaniel, Luther Allen, Dianne Aprile, Virginia Barrett, Michele Bombardier, Elizabeth Burnam, Minnie Collins, Mary Eliza Crane, Larry Crist, Jenny Davis, Risa Denenberg, Patrick Dixon, Penny Harter, Tanya McDonald, Michael Dylan Welch, Sharon Hashimoto, Tom Hunley, Sarah Jones, J.I. Kleinberg, Charles Leggett, Joan McBride, Marjorie Maddox, Kate Miller, Kevin Miller, Shankar Narayan, Linda Packard, David J.S. Pickering, Robert Ronnow, Frank Rossini, Judith Skillman, Joannie Stangeland, Alison Stone, Angie Trudell Vasquez, Diana Woodcock, and Carolyne Wright.

Rants, Raves & Reviews
Alaskero Memories by Robert Francis Flor, reviewed by Maria Batayola
A Thousand Horses Out To Sea by Erika T. Wurth, reviewed by Thomas Hubbard
Words From the Café, An Anthology edited by Anna Bálint, reviewed by Martha Kreiner
Moods & Women & Men & Once Again Moods: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Erotic Poetry edited by Ruxandra Cesereanu, reviewed by Elizath Myhr
Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories by Donna Miscolta, reviewed by Angie Trudell Vasquez
Rules for Walking Out by Crysta Casey, reviewed by Corinna Wycoff
Love’s Last Number by Christopher Howell, reviewed by Polly Buckingham

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cover art: The Fireplace in the Violinists’ House, oil on canvas, by Rebecca Pyle

talk to the Raven…

April 5, 2014

Raven Chronicles ravens

The Raven Chronicles, which publishes work that reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia and other regions, invites you to submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction or artwork for their Summer 2014 issue. The theme is Personal Sound Tracks: Soundscapes ~ The Sound Track of Your Life. Read more on the theme and the complete guidelines and submit your work by the deadline, April 15, 2014.

tonight in Seattle

December 13, 2013

The Raven Chronicles, Vol. 19
Raven Chronicles presents a reading & reception to celebrate the publication of RACE: UNDER OUR SKIN, VOL. 19 of Raven Chronicles, a Seattle-based journal of art, literature and the spoken word.

This free event will take place this evening, Friday, December 13, 2013, 7:00pm, at the Jack Straw Cultural Center, and will feature readings/performances by poets Anna Balint (emcee), Laura Dá, Paul Hunter, M.S. Johnson, Casandra Lopez, Lawrence Matsuda, Jeanne Morel, Shankar Narayan, Tina Schumann, Judith Skillman and JT Stewart.

This edition of Raven Chronicles was published in conjunction with the Pacific Science Center exhibition Race: Are We So Different? and the City of Seattle Race & Social Justice Initiative, with additional support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture and the Washington State Arts Commission.
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Cover art by Tatiana Garmendia

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