September 8, 2020

Seattle was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017. But long before that title became official, local writers had begun reflecting on what it would mean to the citizens and the character of the city. They have continued to do so, and now Kristen Millares Young has collected and edited an anthology of essays by local writers, Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, to be published this month.

Read an article by Trevor Lenzmeier in The Seattle Times and an excerpt by Claudia Castro Luna in Crosscut.

The Seattle Public Library will host a virtual release party for Seismic on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 7:00pm. The event is free, but registration is required.

a place to dream and write

November 25, 2019

Perhaps you, too, have imagined your ideal writing space. Poet John Barr had the imagination, the time, and the resources to create the writing studio of his dreams near his home in Greenwich, Connecticut. The story appeared last week in The New York Times, reprinted in The Seattle Times.

the poet’s opinion

May 10, 2016

Opinion page, May 10, 2016

If you’ve been following the peregrinations of Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, you know he’s everywhere, all the time. Today, in fact, he’s in The Seattle Times. His Opinion-page article, “Lack of art hurting empathy,” applauds the benefits of direct experience with art in its many forms and suggests how much we might be losing by not making art a higher priority.

Little Free Library mapWe’ve mentioned the Little Free Library project before. Perhaps you’ve noticed the proliferation of the colorful boxes of books in your neighborhood. The Seattle Times book editor and columnist Mary Ann Gwinn has been keeping tabs on book borrowers who stop by her local LFL and she characterizes them in her Lit Life article, “The 6 types of Little Free Library patrons.” And Gwinn is not the only one who’s paying attention. Paula Carey, in Victoria, B.C., captured her Library visitors on video!

If you think Little Free Libraries are a great idea, why not support the LFL Kickstarter campaign that will expand the reach of Little Free Libraries to underserved regions (“book deserts”) and work through schools and police departments to support literacy? It’s a great cause and the campaign ENDS in just three days — Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 9:00pm PDT. There’s a lot more information on the Little Free Library project on the LFL website and on Facebook.

And in case you’re wondering what to do with all those ‘extra’ copies of your chapbook…they’ll be very welcome at a Little Free Library near you, where they just might be discovered by an entirely new audience of lit lovers!

Elizabeth Austen - Seattle Times 5-10-15

Be sure to read the reflections by state poet laureate Elizabeth Austen on the opinion page of today’s Seattle Times. Find “How poetry can help us say the unsayable” on page A15 or online.

independent in the news

June 23, 2014

Ravenna Third Place BooksIn case you missed it, James B. Stewart’s June 20 article in The New York Times, “Booksellers Score Some Points in Amazon’s Spat With Hachette” (also published June 21 in the The Seattle Times as “Seattle bookseller uses Amazon spat to connect with his customers”) puts one of Seattle’s stalwart independents, Third Place Books, front and center in the developing story of the “spat” between Amazon and Hachette.
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poetry walk, illustrated

April 25, 2013

Gabriel Campanario, Seattle Sketcher, poemboxGabriel Campanario is a journalist and illustrator whose blog, Seattle Sketcher, is well known to readers of The Seattle Times. A couple of weeks ago, for National Poetry Month, his column included his lively illustrations of poetry posts, boxes and even a bench that he’s observed and painted in his meanderings through Seattle. Have a look at his April 6 Seattle Times post, “Our real-life poetry of the streets.”

To see other places where “poetry posts” are cropping up, see our earlier entries on Santa Fe, Portland and Portland again.

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