especially now

August 14, 2017

Matthew Zapruder added no question mark to the title of his book, Why Poetry. Perhaps he sees poetry as an answer, not something in need of explanation. This Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Zapruder will read from, discuss, and answer questions about Why Poetry at the Hotel Sorrento in Seattle. The event is free and begins at 7:00pm.

Cirque circulates

August 10, 2017

The latest edition of Cirque Journal is off the press and on the road. There are three Cascadia events on the books:

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 ~ 3:00pm ~ Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room, Bellingham, WA
  • Tuesday, August 22 ~ 7:00pm ~ University Heights, Room 108, Seattle, WA
  • Thursday, August 24 ~ 7:00pm ~ Taborspace, Copeland Commons Room, Portland, OR

Join the audience at one of these venues to hear Cirque contributors read from this beautiful journal. And if you get inspired, submissions are now open (through September 21) for the December issue.

good words ahead

August 7, 2017

Hugo House has released its Word Works craft talks schedule for the 2017-2018 season and it’s a terrific lineup. Tickets are now on sale. And that’s just for starters… There’s also the Hugo Literary Series, the Fall Course Catalog, and numerous other readings and events.

mapping poetry

June 29, 2017

In a continuing commitment to put poetry on the map, Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna has created the Seattle Poetry Grid. The clickable map “traces the city in the voices of its citizens, from folks new to expressing themselves in poems to well established and beloved writers.” Currently displaying the work of more than 60 poets, the map will continue to grow as Seattle poets submit their work to Castro Luna.

More poetry maps: Denver; Dublin; Melbourne; Nanaimo; Scotland; Toronto; the world.

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

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

We’ve mentioned the Seattle Center Poetry Garden before and mention it here again since there is a new exhibit in the peaceful outdoor space. In honor of Festál, which celebrates 20 years of cultural programming with a year-long series of events, artist Jennifer Szabo has entwined the garden’s trees with colored string to create a new physical and metaphorical space. The exhibit will remain on display through August 4, 2017. Szabo is one of five artists creating temporary works for the Poetry Garden between February 2017 and May 2018.

Kim Stafford will teach a one-day generative writing class at Hugo House on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Here’s what he has to say:

The idea for the class, “Poems for a Better Nation,” began when I found myself writing a series of “post-election poems” last fall, which culminated in a book called The Flavor of Unity which I was able to give away in all directions in advance of the Inauguration Jan. 20, and the Women’s March, Jan. 21 — via couriers in Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., Ohio, Utah, California and Scotland, France, Bhutan…. Poems from the book have been featured at PBS NewsHour, BillMoyers.com, and other landmarks of the faithful.

This is not a time for reticence, paralysis, silence. This is an essential age for lyric testimony. As Richard Hugo said, “Writing is a way of saying you and the world have a chance.”

In this one-day writing retreat, we will write up a storm, and discuss how best to launch our citizen poems into the conversation of our time.

The all-day workshop will be held at Hugo House (interim location), 1021 Columbia St., Seattle, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Registration includes a copy of The Flavor of Unity: Post-Election Poems. For a complete description and to register, visit the Hugo House course catalog.

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