Sunday in Sequim

July 23, 2021

The town of Sequim, Washington, doesn’t get a lot of play on these pages (most Washingtonians know how to pronounce it; do you?), but just last week we introduced The Poetry Cafe, which is curated by Sequim poet and resident Risa Denenberg. Now Sequim is back, with a reading from of Empty Bowl’s Madrona Project #2, Keep a Green Bough, this Sunday, July 25, 2021, at 4:00pm, in the amphitheater outside the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park.

You can hear Risa Denenberg, along with poets Tess Gallagher, Meredith Parker, Alice Derry, Carmen Germaine, Kathryn Hunt, Paula MacKay, K’Ehleyr McNulty, Mary Morgan, Kate Reavey and Charlotte Warren. The volume’s editor, Holly J. Hughes, will emcee.

Take a hike, do some picking in the Lavender Capital of North America, take in some poetry, have a meal: enjoy Sequim.

Tonight at Village Books

November 16, 2019

Tonight, Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 7:00pm, Village Books in Fairhaven will host what promises to be a memorable mix of words and music: poet Tess Gallagher and poet/musician Gary Copeland Lilley.

This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

The University of Washington has announced that Charles Simic will give the 2018 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Reading on April 12.

The annual reading honors the acclaimed poet who from 1947 to 1963 was a professor in the UW English Department. Roethke taught a generation of post-war poets, including David Wagoner, Richard Hugo, Tess Gallagher and James Wright.

Simic, a poet and essayist, was born in Yugoslavia in 1938, immigrated to the United States in 1954 and published his first poem at 21 in 1959. Since 1967 he has published 20 books of his own poetry, including “New and Selected Poems (1962-2012)” (2013) and “The Lunatic” (2015). He has also published seven books of essays, a memoir and many volumes of translations of Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian poetry.

He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, most notably the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for his collection “The World Doesn’t End,” and was a finalist for the prize in 1986 and 1987. He has also received the Griffin Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship and the Wallace Stevens Award, all prestigious honors for poets. He served in 2007-2008 as the Poet Laureate of the United States. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught since 1973.

The reading, which is free, will be at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the University of Washington in room 120 of Kane Hall. A reception will follow.

La Conner two-fer

November 9, 2017

La Conner, Washington, will host two poetry events on Saturday, November 18, 2017:

  • WORKSHOP. At 1:00pm, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will conduct a workshop on Ekphrastic Poetry. The workshop will be held at the Museum of Northwest Art. Cost: $25, 10% discount to Museum members.
  • READING. At 6:00pm, Tod Marshall will host poets Tom Robbins, Tess Gallagher, Samuel and Sally Green, Alice Derry, Michael Daley and Jennifer Boyden for an evening of poetry from the pages of Washington 129. The event, which will be held at Maple Hall, is free.

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photo by Walter Siegmund

Tess Gallagher - Lawrence Matsuda

Join Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda this evening, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 7:00pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery (Bellingham) as they read from their new book of collaborative poetry, Boogie-Woogie Crisscross (MadHat Press).

“These poems developed via e-mails exchanged between Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda over a number of years. The resulting collaboration is a poetry jam session where they trade and borrow images, and run riffs on each other’s poems in a responsive, competitive, and lighthearted way. At the start of each section they expand on what happens in their exchanges. Early on, Tess characterizes the style as being ‘kind of hip and comic book and jangly,’ and also ‘prickly with antennae.’ Like any dance it’s also an invitation to lose time and as Larry says, to show your ‘chops’ — a kind of dueling banjos.”

More on the Village Books event page.

honoring the original

December 7, 2015

Tess Gallagher and Beginners

In 1981, when Raymond Carver’s second collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, was published, the manuscript had been drastically reduced by Carver’s editor, Gordon Lish. After Carver’s death, in 1988, poet Tess Gallagher, his widow, fought with Lish for the restoration and publication of the original text. In 2010, Vintage Books published Beginners, Raymond Carver’s stories as he drafted them.

Read more of this fascinating tale in a conversation with Gordon Lish published this week in The Guardian, a review in The New York Review of Books and an enthusiastic review in The Guardian.

On Friday, December 11, 2015, at 7:00pm, Tess Gallagher will discuss and read from Beginners at Village Books.

on poetry…

July 21, 2013

Tess Gallagher

“The best love poems confirm something we secretly felt but never said.”
Tess Gallagher
(b. July 21, 1943)

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Raymond CarverJoin poets Tess Gallagher and Caleb Barber as they read from the works of the late Raymond Carver on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery in Bellingham. The event is free. Books by Carver, Gallagher and Barber will be available for purchase. More information.
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December 13, 2011

Midnight LanternIn Mary Ann Gwinn’s Sunday, December 11, 2011, Seattle Times column, “Books we loved the most in 2011,” she names one poetry book among the 21 titles on her fiction and poetry list: Tess Gallagher’s new book of poems, Midnight Lantern (Graywolf Press).

In his earlier review of Gallagher’s book, Charles R. Cross said, “It is a worthy and deeply moving anthology, and one firmly rooted in the Northwest.”

Tess Gallagher will read from Midnight Lantern at Village Books in Bellingham on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

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