Lyric World

March 5, 2020

This is a guest post by Shin Yu Pai.

The Lyric World poetry series launched in January at Town Hall Seattle and brings together contemporary poets to talk about the social role of poetry. In our first installment, we hosted Thomas Hitoshi Pruiskma, who reflected on the role of wonder in poetry, while performing a magic trick or two for our live audience. Ibrahim Arsalan, who is griot-trained jeli, performed music on the African kora.

I created the series as an extension of my previous work with Town Hall as an artist-in-residence for that organization, where I had a chance to curate programming that focused on poetry and the sacred in the everyday with Peter Levitt, poetry and place with writer Kathleen Alcalá, plus a program on creativity as it has innovated activism in the work of documentary poet Kaia Sand, public artist Susan Robb, and architect Rex Hohlbein of The Block Project.

My current work is committed to highlighting underrepresented voices who have not previously shared their work with Town Hall audiences. Our inaugural season highlights voices from the Asian-American diaspora. Looking around at other series in Seattle, I was aware of local event series that elevate the work of Indigenous and Black poets but didn’t see anyone producing programming on an ongoing basis related to Asian-American poets and our work.

On Thursday, March 19, 2020*, we’ll host the poet Koon Woon, who will speak on poetry and displacement and how poetry can create a sense of belonging where the notion of home has been complicated. In June, we’ll be back with a program with Prageeta Sharma, an author with Seattle-based press Wave Books. Our programs are distributed through KUOW Speaker’s Forum and you can listen to the first installment of Lyric World here.

If you’d like to support this program, please consider making a donation here. We are supported by The Windrose Fund, Poets & Writers, and Office of Arts & Culture for The City of Seattle.

To learn more about Lyric World, here is some press the series has garnered:

Seattle Review of Books
South Seattle Emerald
Northwest Asian Weekly
Cascadia Magazine

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Town Hall has suspended in-person attendance at programs scheduled through March 31, 2020. The program will be rescheduled once normal activities resume.

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Shin Yu Pai is a poet, cross-media artist, and curator for the collaborative global exploration project Atlas Obscura. Her poetic origins inform an artistic style that has grown beyond the written word — manifesting in photography, installation and public art, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and sound. She was the fourth poet laureate of the City of Redmond.

Thomas Pruiksma photo: Eric Frommer
Shin Yu Pai photo: James McDaniel

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!

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.

Poets in the Park

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) this Saturday, July 15, 2017, as Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, is filled with poetry at Poets in the Park.

There will be readings and performances on two stages, workshops in the workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus a poetry book fair. The lineup includes Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Redmond Poet Laureate Shin Yu Pai, and an illustrious assortment of poetic voices from around the region.

See the complete schedule on the Poets in the Park page, courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch, who founded and coordinates the annual event.

Poets in the Park 2016

The annual Poets in the Park poetry festival, picnic and book fair is coming to Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, on Saturday, June 25, 2016, and it promises to be an action-packed day.

Festival highlights include a RASP reading; a featured reading by Redmond poet laureate, Shin Yu Pai; Band of Poets (with music); a performance of the Persephone myth; bilingual readings; a “Poets Against Hate” performance; and readings from such groups as Maltby Women Poets, Rose Alley Press, MoonPath Press, StringTown, Jack Straw Writers, Striped Water, and Noisy Water anthology poets, among others.

Admission is free, including 55-minute workshops by David Horowitz, Mike Hickey, Christopher Luna, and Jeannine Hall Gailey. There will be plenty of open-mic reading opportunities (one featuring poems by dead poets only); a Poetic Sensory Walk in Urban Nature led by Kim Dietz; numerous vendors, including Black Heron Press, Rose Alley Press, Redmond Historical Society, LiTFUSE, VALA Art Center, Jim Teeters and “My Goldfish Stole the Moon: Poetry Fun”; mini-golf, chalk art, Haiku on Sticks; and family-friendly art and craft activities.

To see the complete schedule, go to Poets in the Park and scroll down. There’s more Poets in the Park on Facebook. Bring your lunch and come enjoy a day of Poetry in the Park!

Poets in the Park is sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, directed by Michael Dylan Welch, with additional thanks to Rebecca Willow, Sammamish Kiwanis, Redmond Kiwanis, and many volunteers.

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