join the celebration

May 21, 2018

As we mentioned back in November, Seattle has been designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00pm, you can join in the official celebration at the Seattle Public Library, 10th floor. The event is free, but advance registration is requested.

Read more about the City of Literature program, Seattle-specific and otherwise, in today’s issue of Crosscut.

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Thursday in Seattle

May 16, 2018

Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press), which is A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, WINNER of the T.S. Eliot Prize, WINNER of the Whiting Award, WINNER of the Forward Prize, WINNER of the Thom Gunn Award, finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. It was also named a Best Book of the Year at The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Huffington Post, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Sunday Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The Telegraph, Irish Times, Library Journal, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Entropy Magazine, and BookThug.

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 17, 2018, Ocean Vuong will give his first public reading from the book in Seattle, starting at 7:00pm at Canvas Event Space. This is a ticketed event, though no one will be turned away.

Becoming Cascadian

May 14, 2018

Interested in the intersection of poetics and bioregionalism? There are a limited number of openings for participants in Becoming Cascadian, a community-building retreat designed for poets, artists, and bioregionalists to gather, share strategies, and discuss “roles as humans in this time of ecological crisis and end-stage empire.” Keynote poet Andrew Schelling has published 20 books, including seven of translation from India’s early poetry.

Becoming Cascadian will take place Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Seattle. Poetry writing experience is not necessary. Advance registration is required no later than Tuesday, May 29.

Visit the Becoming Cascadian page for full details.

Here’s a great story from Expedition Press:

Last spring, then-14-year-old Sabina Smith walked into the Expedition Press print shop, in Kingston, Washington, with June Jordan’s “Poem about My Rights” in hand. After reading it aloud, she turned to publisher/artist Myrna Keliher and said, “I never read a poem like THAT before. I didn’t know a poem could BE like that. Everyone needs to read this. I think it can change people’s minds. Can we print it?”

Keliher said yes. After more than a year of after-school and weekend sessions, Sabina has created a 4-foot long letterpress broadside of “Poem about My Rights” with the goal of selling it to benefit Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood.

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, poets Jamaica Baldwin, Jalayna Carter, and Natasha Marin will read work by Jordan that holds particular impact for them, and the event will culminate in a joint reading of “Poem about My Rights.” Join Expedition Press, Sabina Smith, and the poets for a memorable reading at Open Books in Seattle.

It’s time to hear the 2018 Jack Straw Writing Fellows at a series of three readings hosted by 2018 Writers Program Curator Daemond Arrindell. Held at the Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, admission to each reading is a $5 suggested donation, and comes with a gift of the 2018 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. A light reception will follow each event.

On Friday, May 1, 2018, featured readers are Bryan Edenfield, Kamari Bright, Corbin Louis, and Meredith Clark.

On Friday, May 11, featured readers are Juan Carlos Reyes, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Dujie Tahat, and Danielle Bero.

On Friday, May 18, featured readers are Jalayna Carter, Sarah María Medina, Daniel Atkinson, and Rachel Trignano.

tonight in Seattle

April 25, 2018

Sometimes you just want to be two places at once. This evening, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Seattle presents a tough choice:

At Hugo House, Shankar Narayan will read from his new chapbook, Postcards from the New World, and other works. Dujie Tahat, Troy Osaki, and Gabrielle Bates will open the evening with readings from their own work.

At the same time (7:00pm), at Core Gallery, Leanne Dunic, Elaina Ellis, Amber Flame, Erin Malone, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Shin Yu Pai, and Holly Wren Spaulding will read their poetry from the Broken Broadsides exhibit.

If the choice is too challenging, you could just split for points north and go to The Write Riot Poetry Slam at the Colophon Café in Bellingham!

poetry to see

April 10, 2018

Expedition Press, based in Kingston, Washington, publishes poetry books, broadsides, and visual art with a typographic focus. For National Poetry Month, the press has mounted two exhibits:

“On Edge,” at Core Gallery in Seattle, is an installation of Broken Broadsides (fragmented poetry prints) and abstract paintings influenced by the prints and other texts. The show features words by poets Cedar Sigo, Natalie Diaz, Jane Wong, Shin Yu Pai, Amber Flame, Erin Malone, Elaina Ellis, Leanne Dunic, Tom Gilroy, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and Holly Wren Spaulding. The exhibit is open through April 28, 2018, and many of the poets will participate in a reading at the gallery on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:00pm.

Expedition’s second exhibit is “Poetry & Type: distilled words for disturbing times,” which is on view through April 30 at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington. There is a reception for the exhibit TODAY, Tuesday, April 10, 1:30-3:00pm at Highline Library Exhibits and Art Gallery, Building 25, 4th floor, and there will be other poetry exhibits and readings scheduled throughout the month.

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