winter writing

December 9, 2017

The Hugo House Winter 2018 Writing Classes catalog is now available online and early-bird registration continues through December 11 (save $10 off one-session classes, $20 off classes that are two to six sessions, and $35 off classes that are eight sessions or more). Click to see the Class Catalog, and while you’re in the neighborhood, have a look at the listing of Events in store at Hugo House.

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poetry floats!

November 17, 2017

Here’s yet another entry into what seems to be the busiest poetry day of the season: FisherPoets on Lake Union. Rich Bard, Jon Broderick, Pat Dixon, Mary Garvey, Sierra Golden, Tom Hilton, Peter Munro, Dano Quinn, Rob Seitz, and Mariah Warren will offer stories, poems, and songs of the sea in the classic salon of the steamer Virginia V.

Program starts 7:30pm on Saturday, November 18, 2017, $5 suggested donation. The Virginia V berths on the south shore of Lake Union, just behind MOHAI and the historic Carroll’s Jewelers clock.

Seattle City of Literature!

November 4, 2017

This week, UNESCO announced that 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities within seven fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. Member cities collaborate on international initiatives designed to preserve local heritage, foster cultural diversity, and promote cultural tourism.

In the announcement, Seattle was named a City of Literature, joining Baghdad, Iraq; Barcelona, Spain; Bucheon, South Korea; Dublin, Ireland; Dunedin, New Zealand;Durban, South Africa; Edinburgh, Scotland; Granada, Spain; Heidelberg, Germany; Iowa City, Iowa; Krakow, Poland; Lillehammer, Norway; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Lviv, Ukraine; Manchester, England; Melbourne, Australia; Milan, Italy; Montevideo, Uruguay; Norwich, England; Nottingham, England; Óbidos, Portugal; Prague, Czech Republic; Québec City, Canada; Reykjavik, Iceland; Tartu, Estonia; Ulyanovsk, Russia; and Utrecht, Netherlands.

To get an idea of what Seattle brings to the literary table, visit the Seattle City of Literature website, have a look at the Community Inventory, and add your name to the mailing list. Learn more about International Cities of Literature here.

Congratulations, Seattle!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 11, 2017, 2:00pm, and join Redmond Poet Laureate Shin Yu Pai and the Atlas Obscura Society for a reading from Washington 129 at the historic Georgetown Steam Plant. Place-based poems and the Georgetown Steam Plant will include readings by Elizabeth Austen, Kevin Craft, Arlene Naganawa, and Carl Palmer. The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Read the fine print and register here.

Seattle’s poetic voice

October 2, 2017

Back in June, we mentioned the Seattle Poetic Grid, created by Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna. Expanding on that story, Castro Luna and two participating poets were interviewed by PBS Newshour, which has posted the 7-minute segment, “Navigating Seattle’s ever-evolving streets through poetry.” Have a look, and then visit the Seattle Poetic Grid to read some of the city’s many voices.

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.

shift your margins

September 7, 2017

Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry offers dynamic voices and important poetry on the third Thursday of each month at Common AREA Maintenance in Belltown. Doors and wine open at 6:30pm; poetry starts around 7-ish. Margin Shift is free to attend, though CAM does accept donations to help with food and wine costs. Here’s the lineup for Thursday, September 21, 2017:

A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. He has also had poems published in such anthologies as It Was Written, and Many Trails To The Summit. His first full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March of this year.

Fernando Pérez is a Chicano poet from Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University. He currently lives in Seattle and is an Assistant Professor of English at Bellevue College. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including The Acentos Review, Huizache, The Suburban Review, Hinchas de Poesía, Crab Orchard Review, and The Volta. His manuscript of poetry was recently selected as a finalist for both the Andrés Móntoya Poetry Prize and the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His first collection of poems, A Song of Dismantling, is forthcoming from The University of New Mexico Press in the fall of 2017.

Kamari Bright is a poet/writer whose works revolve around understanding and introspection. She has received nominations for her debut short film “Black Coffee,” written several published works, and earned grants through Artist Up and 4Culture.

David Brazil is a pastor and translator. His most recent book is Holy Ghost (City Lights, 2017). He lives in Oakland.

Sara Larsen is a poet living in Oakland. She is the author of Merry Hell (Atelos, 2016). Her previous book is All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press, 2014). She is also the author of chapbooks Riot Cops en route Troy and The Hallucinated, among others. From 2008-2011, she co-edited TRY magazine.

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