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.

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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.

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.

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