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

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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.

May Reading Series

May 2, 2017

It’s once again time to hear the voices of the Jack Straw Writers Program. There are three readings scheduled at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Each reading will feature four 2017 Jack Straw Writing Fellows hosted by 2017 Writers Program Curator Jourdan Imani Keith:

Friday, May 5, 7:00pm: Jamaica Baldwin, Steph Kesey, Brandon Young, and D.A. Navoti
Friday, May 12, 7:00pm: afrose fatima ahmed, Catalina Marie Cantú, Calvin Gimpelevich, and Wancy Young Cho
Friday, May 19, 7:00pm: Quenton Baker, Ellie Belew, Hera McLeod, and Ashlan Runyan

The readings are free and you may want to allow a little extra time to view the exhibit of Glass Pyrographs by Etsuko Ichikawa and take in Meditations on Water, A Sound Installation by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell.

challenge!

April 29, 2017

Are you ready? Today, Saturday, April 29, 2017, is Independent Bookstore Day. It’s celebrated nationwide with a variety of festivities, including author appearances. But in the Seattle area, 19 participating indie booksellers have thrown down the gauntlet: visit all 19 stores, get your IBD passport stamped and you will receive a 25 percent discount at all participating stores for a year. (It’s still National Poetry Month and a lot of stores are offering discounts on poetry books, so this is a great time to pick up those titles you’ve been wanting.) See the list of participating stores on the Bookweb Indie Bookstore Challenge page.

poetry party

April 14, 2017

Join the poets for the launch of a new round of Poetry on Buses — the King County program that puts poems on buses, light rail and streetcars throughout the county for the next year. The official launch party will be Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. It’s free.

Also starting on April 24, you can visit the Poetry on Buses website to view a new poem each day.

browse-worthy

March 13, 2017

The browse-worthy Hugo House Spring 2017 catalog is now posted. You can download a PDF or browse the catalog by writing genre and class duration.

Classes will be held in April and May and early bird pricing continues through March 27 only.

Features include a special two-day Master Class with Karen Russell, an intensive poetry workshop with Terrance Hayes, plus timely classes like Writing to Resist, Disturbing the Peace, Poems for a Better Nation, and much more.

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