attention Seattle poets

February 13, 2019

The City of Seattle has opened applications for the city’s 2019-2021 Civic Poet. That person will follow multi-genre writer, interdisciplinary artist, and creative writing and poetry workshop facilitator, Anastacia-Renee, who has held the position since 2017, and Claudia Castro Luna, who served as the first Civic Poet, 2015-2017, and is currently the Washington State Poet Laureate and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at Seattle University.

The position is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work, including published works, reading/spoken word, and project planning experience with skills in racial equity practices.

Find further details from the Office of Arts & Culture and apply on CaFÉ (login required) by the deadline, Wednesday, April 24, 2019; 10:59pm Pacific.

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a reminder

February 3, 2019

If you care about poetry, and if you’re anywhere near Seattle, or planning a trip to Seattle, here’s a reminder: Open Books. It’s what’s on the shelves, it’s what’s on the walls, it’s who’s on staff, it’s the poetry-packed schedule of readings and workshops. Sometimes it’s even who you run into while you’re browsing.

Open Books is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6, and Sunday, 12-4. And if you’re not anywhere near, they’ll ship you the poetry you require. Stop by and say thank you.

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art by Gabrielle Bates

tonight! Seattle!

November 3, 2018

Come hear a rollicking collection of voices at a MoonPath Press reading curated by Risa Denenberg, tonight, Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 7:00pm, at Open Books in Seattle. The stellar lineup features MoonPath poets Ronda Piszk Broatch, Glenna Cook, Alice Derry, Lorraine Ferra, Christopher J. Jarmick, Carol Levin, Rena Priest, Raul Sanchez, and Connie K Walle. See the poets’ bios here, then join them in person.

tonight in Seattle

October 25, 2018

Hugo House has a terrific lineup for this evening’s BOA Editions Showcase: Bruce Beasley, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Keetje Kuipers, and Laura Read.

Bruce Beasley is author of eight collections of poetry and a professor of English at Western Washington University; Keetje Kuipers is a Hugo House instructor whose third collection, All Its Charms, is forthcoming in 2019; and former Spokane Poet Laureate Laura Read is author of the newly released Dresses from the Old Country. Also joining the lineup is visiting poet, essayist, and translator Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, author of Cenzontle. More about BOA Editions here.

The reading is free and begins at 7:00pm, with book sales and signing to follow. This is a great opportunity to see the newly reopened Hugo House for yourself.

(In a related note, Bruce Beasley will be teaching one of two poetry workshops on November 17, 2018, in Bellingham. Details here.)

visit!

October 20, 2018

After months (years?) of architectural renderings and construction photos, the latest e-newsletter from Hugo House has an actual photo of the interior (above).

As Tree Swenson, Executive Director, says, “We are still unpacking boxes, but already thousands of people have visited, fall classes are underway, and we have been presenting a fantastic stream of events…. If you have not yet visited, please come explore this place. Thanks to the support of our devoted community, this small nonprofit now owns our ground-floor space — making this Seattle’s permanent home for everyone who believes in the power of words.”

We know you believe. Visit Hugo House, soon. And to get the latest HH first, sign up for the newsletter.

Saturday in Seattle

October 12, 2018

Celebrate with the winners and finalists of this year’s Washington State Book Awards at the Central Library in Seattle on Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:00pm.

The awards honor up to eight titles by Washington authors: one work each of fiction, poetry, biography/memoir, and history/general nonfiction for adults; one picture book for children, and one book each for early readers, middle readers, and young adults. Have a look at this year’s list of finalists.

The awards ceremony will begin with the announcement of the winners followed by brief readings from the winning titles. There will also be special readings from WA129, the anthology assembled by Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall. The evening’s emcee is poet and novelist Karen Finneyfrock. A reception, book sales and signing will follow in the Central Library Living Room on Level 3. Both the awards ceremony and the reception are free and open to all. University Book Store will have books available for purchase during the reception and author signing.

opening

October 1, 2018

A new exhibit, Quenton Baker: Ballast, opens this Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and continues through February 3, 2019. Baker’s exhibition “will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard the brig Creole….It is the only successful large-scale revolt involving U.S.-born enslaved people in American history.

“Baker’s book project is a combination of erasure poems — made using pages from the Senate document detailing the Creole case — and poems in invented form that look at what some black writers and thinkers call ‘the long memory’ or the ‘long utterance’ of blackness.”

Baker will read from the work at 7:00pm on October 5, followed by a reception. On Thursday, November 1, 2018, the Frye will host a reading and conversation with three poets selected by Baker: Amanda Johnston, Dante Micheaux, L. Lamar Wilson.

More about Quenton Baker.

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