Recent-past Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna has a new book of poems (her fourth), Cipota Under the Moon, about love, light, and children’s resilience in the face of war. She will be reading from its pages next Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 7:00pm. Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company, the event will be held in person at the Seattle Central Library and will also be live-streamed. Joining Claudia will be poet Leticia Hernández-Linares. The event is free, with registration.

Joined by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest and other special guests, Claudia Castro Luna will also read from her new book in a special event hosted by Floating Bridge Press. Presented on Friday, June 3, 2022, at 7:00pm, the in-person event will be held at the Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery in Seattle. Seating is very limited. To attend this free event, RSVP to editor [AT]

And finally (for now), head over to YouTube to watch Claudia’s KING 5 interview with Amity Addrisi on New Day NW.


September 8, 2020

Seattle was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017. But long before that title became official, local writers had begun reflecting on what it would mean to the citizens and the character of the city. They have continued to do so, and now Kristen Millares Young has collected and edited an anthology of essays by local writers, Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, to be published this month.

Read an article by Trevor Lenzmeier in The Seattle Times and an excerpt by Claudia Castro Luna in Crosscut.

The Seattle Public Library will host a virtual release party for Seismic on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 7:00pm. The event is free, but registration is required.

Jack Straw voices

November 2, 2019

You have two opportunities to hear the 2019 Jack Straw Writers, this year selected by curator (and former Washington State Poet Laureate) Kathleen Flenniken.

Today, Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 2:00pm, the Downtown Seattle Public Library will present new work by Dianne Aprile, Shankar Narayan, Rena Priest, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Samar Abulhassan, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, Michael Schmeltzer, Josh Axelrad, Gabrielle Bates, and Suzanne Warren, hosted by Kathleen Flenniken.

Tomorrow, Village Books in Bellingham will host a six-pack of Jack Straw writers reading selections from the 2019 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. Join the audience at 4:00pm to hear Dianne Aprile, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Rena Priest, and Suzanne Warren.

Both readings are free.

More about Jack Straw.

celebrate, tonight!

October 12, 2019

Back in July we posted a list of finalists in poetry for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards. Well, tonight, Saturday, October 12, 2019, is the night to celebrate with the finalists and winners in all categories at the Seattle Public Library. This after-hours program will start with an awards ceremony where host Paul Constant, of the Seattle Review of Books, will announce winners in eight categories. This will be followed by a reception, book sale, and book signing. All are welcome and there’s no need to register.


June 14, 2019

Sunday, June 16, is Bloomsday, a commemoration of the life and words of James Joyce, celebrated with readings from Ulysses.

In Seattle, the Wild Geese Players will present a staged reading of Chapter 10, “Wandering Rocks,” adapted from the 1922 edition of Ulysses.

The group’s 22nd annual Bloomsday reading will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 2:00pm in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Central Library.

They will also be reading excerpts from the book at 6:00pm today, Friday, June 14, at Folio Seattle.


February 28, 2019

Love books? Want books? The Friends of the Seattle Public Library invite you to indulge at the Public Huge Book Sale 2019, Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, in the Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center.

Over 100,000 items will be for sale, with over 50 categories of nonfiction, including art, cookbooks, crafts, gardening, history, music, performing arts, pets, nature, and travel. The fiction section includes science fiction, graphic novel, classics, and short stories. (Poetry isn’t mentioned in the description, but hey, you KNOW there will be poetry!) The children’s selection covers every reading level plus several special categories such as folk & fairy tales, history, and nature. Over 15 languages are represented in the foreign languages section, plus there will be a vast selection of DVDs, CDs, audio books, and records. Whew. Purchases benefit the Library. More on Facebook.

Sunday in Seattle

September 14, 2018

Lyn Coffin and Raúl Sánchez will present a bi-lingual reading in English and Español of Lyn’s brand new book, Esta vida verde, translated by Sergio Royo Bueno, published by Pregunta Ediciones in Spain, and introduced at the Soria International Poetry Festival (Spain) in August. Lyn and Raúl will also read some of their new poems and talk about Spanish-American connections and conundrums.

The reading, which is free, will be held Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2:00pm, at the Seattle Public Library, downtown.

lit start

September 29, 2017

Do you know a person age 16-24 who is considering a literary career? Literary Career Day takes place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at The Seattle Central Library from 11:00am–4:00pm. This free event provides attendees with direct access to industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging conversations, and performances. Participants are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities, including writing, editing, publishing, arts administration, retail, library sciences, journalism, teaching, and more.

Literary Career Day is produced in partnership with One Reel, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Office of Film and Music, and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

The Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library) has announced the finalists for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards. Categories include poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction, and several categories of youth books. See the complete list of finalists in The Seattle Times and mark your calendar for the awards celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Seattle Public Library. Congratulations to Washington’s prolific writers.

Poets Against Hate

February 6, 2016

Poets Against Hate

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, 2:00-5:00 p.m., the Seattle Public Library will welcome Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle’s Civic Poet, and a company of 60 outstanding poets, speaking out against hate. This free, family-friendly, public event, co-sponsored by the Jack Straw Foundation, 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Raven Chronicles, and It’s About Time Writers Reading Series, will include poems in English, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic and Russian. See the list of poets at Raven Chronicles.

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