challenge!

April 29, 2017

Are you ready? Today, Saturday, April 29, 2017, is Independent Bookstore Day. It’s celebrated nationwide with a variety of festivities, including author appearances. But in the Seattle area, 19 participating indie booksellers have thrown down the gauntlet: visit all 19 stores, get your IBD passport stamped and you will receive a 25 percent discount at all participating stores for a year. (It’s still National Poetry Month and a lot of stores are offering discounts on poetry books, so this is a great time to pick up those titles you’ve been wanting.) See the list of participating stores on the Bookweb Indie Bookstore Challenge page.

poetry party

April 14, 2017

Join the poets for the launch of a new round of Poetry on Buses — the King County program that puts poems on buses, light rail and streetcars throughout the county for the next year. The official launch party will be Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. It’s free.

Also starting on April 24, you can visit the Poetry on Buses website to view a new poem each day.

browse-worthy

March 13, 2017

The browse-worthy Hugo House Spring 2017 catalog is now posted. You can download a PDF or browse the catalog by writing genre and class duration.

Classes will be held in April and May and early bird pricing continues through March 27 only.

Features include a special two-day Master Class with Karen Russell, an intensive poetry workshop with Terrance Hayes, plus timely classes like Writing to Resist, Disturbing the Peace, Poems for a Better Nation, and much more.

tonight in Seattle

March 10, 2017

Open Books will host a book launch this evening, Friday, March 10, 2017, 7:00pm, for Kevin Craft’s second full-length collection, Vagrants & Accidentals (University of Washington Press 2016). The event will include a reading by Kevin Craft, as well as a reading by Portland poet Jessica Johnson. Join the celebration, hear some beautiful poems, and stick around afterward to get your very own signed copy of Vagrants & Accidentals and browse the wonderful selection at Open Books.

Here’s a link to a recent Skagit River Poetry Foundation interview with Kevin Craft.

Half-day retreat in Seattle

February 7, 2017

typewriter-flowers

Join Susan Rich and Kelli Russell Agodon at their ONE-DAY Generating New Work Writing Workshop in Downtown Seattle on Saturday, March 4, 2017. There will be a single extended class, “Generating New Work,” from 10 am to 2:30 pm, with a short break for lunch.

Together, we will write poems inspired by an array of new writing prompts. You will leave with at least 5-7 poem starts, most likely more! Spend focused time writing poems in a safe nurturing environment. Poets of ALL levels welcome from the beginning poet to the published author. Come spend the day with us: writing, laughing, and surprising yourself with what you can do in a short time — with creative guidance and just the right atmopshere.

You can find additional details on The Alchemist’s Kitchen and registration information here.

ALSO note that registration is now open for Susan and Kelli’s Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women, September 8 – 10, 2017, in La Conner, Washington.

browse and learn

December 16, 2016

Hugo House

The Winter Catalog is now available for Hugo House classes and there’s discount if you sign up by Monday, December 19. Poetry courses range from one to ten sessions, but there are many other genres on offer. So browse the catalog, take a class.

on the radar…

December 12, 2016

Writers Resist

Not much detail available yet, but if you’re feeling the need to put your words to work, be aware that WRITERS RESIST will take place nationwide on Sunday, January 15, 2017, Martin Luther King’s birthday.

There are already events posted for Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, Boston, New York, and Riverside, California (on January 11), any many more in the planning stages. To find out more, visit the Writers Resist website and add your name to the mailing list.

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