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June 2017

Reading with Kelle Grace Gaddis & Tammy Robacker

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a reading by the terrific poets Kelle Grace Gaddis (My Myths, Yellow Chair Press) and Tammy Robacker (Villian Songs, ELJ Editions)! Yellow Chair Press published Kelle Grace Gaddis’s poetry and fiction collection, My Myths, in December of 2016. Other recently published works appear in Dispatches Editions Resist Much / Obey Little, Vending Machine Presses Very Fine Writing, The Till, Five Willows Poetry Review, The Hessler Street Fair Anthology, LOLX, Moonlight Dreamers of the Yellow Haze, BlazeVOX in BlazeVOX15, The New Independents Magazine, Thirteen Myna Birds Journal, Knot Literary Magazine, Entropy, Writing For Peace, Dove Tales: The…

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Launch & Reading: Poetic Map of Seattle with Claudia Castro Luna

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Poetic Grid is a culmination of Claudia Castro Luna’s two-year Civic Poet residency. The map includes poems from a diverse range of citizens in every part of the city, many of which were collected during Castro Luna’s “The Poet Is In” program, a residency project with Seattle Public Library. This launch party will include readings by several of the project’s contributing authors (TBA).   In addition to the Poetic Grid and the residency with Seattle Public Libraries, Castro Luna has served as a cultural…

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August 2017

Reading with Melissa Dickey, Andy Stallings & Jay Thompson

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for readings by these three incredible poets!

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[Offsite] Anastacia Reneé Tolbert Reading

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At this event, former Hugo House writer-in-residence Anastacia-Reneé will read from her three (yes, three!) new books: (v.) (Gramma), Forget It (Black Radish Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks-Argus Press). Celebrate and hear poetry from all these collections, plus readings from special guests. In (v.), Anastacia-Reneé uses a reimagined alphabet to take on “everything from love to cancer, monsters, growing up, growing into our bodies, and the ways in which even our bodies are not our own…These poems are stories of…

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Reading with T’ai Freedom Ford, Imani Sims & Samiya Bashir

August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Three tremendous poets, reading original work! Samiya Bashir is the author of Field Theories (forthcoming in 2017 from Nightboat Books), as well Gospel (2009) and Where the Apple Falls (2005), which were both Lambda Literary Award finalists. She is also the author of the chapbooks Wearing Shorts on the First Day of Spring (1999), American Visa (2001), and Teasing Crow (2006). Her poetry, stories, articles and editorial work have been featured in numerous publications most recently including Poetry, Drunken Boat, World Literature Today, Ecotone, HOAX, The Normal School, Poet Lore, Callaloo, and The Encyclopedia Project. Her poems have appeared in anthologies,…

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Reading with Hoa Nguyen

August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Details: TBD

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September 2017

[Offsite] About Time Reading Series

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Join us at the Ballard Public Library for a craft talk by Billie Swift and poetry readings by Open Books employees Gabrielle Bates, Kym Littlefield, Alexander Moysaenko, Erin L. McCoy, and Abi Pollokoff! *Please note: Because all of our employees are participating in this event, we will be closing the store early (at 5:00 p.m.). Gabrielle Bates is a writer and visual artist from Birmingham, Alabama, currently living in Seattle, where she works at Open Books and serves on the editorial board of…

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Reading with Carolina Ebeid & Charif Shanahan

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re so excited to welcome to Seattle these two remarkable debut poets! At this event, Carolina Ebeid (You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior, Noemi Press) and Charif Shanahan (Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, SIU Press) will read original work and hang out afterward to sign books.   Carolina Ebeid is a the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press, 2016). She is a student in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Denver,…

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Reading with Mark Tardi & Ryo Yamaguchi

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us in welcoming poet Mark Tardi (all the way from Poland!) and new-to-Seattle poet Ryo Yamaguchi to Open Books for what’s sure to be an incredible reading. Both poets will read original work and stick around after to sign copies of their books. Mark Tardi is originally from Chicago and he earned his MFA from Brown University. His publications include the books The Circus of Trust, Airport music, and Euclid Shudders. He guest-edited an issue of the literary journal Aufgabe devoted to contemporary Polish poetry and…

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Reading with Meghan McClure & Michael Schmeltzer

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poets Meghan McClure and Michael Schmeltzer are celebrating the publication of their collaborative work of creative nonfiction A Single Throat Opens (Black Lawrence Press). At this event, they will read from this exciting new book and hang out after to sign copies. Meghan McClure lives in Washington. Her work can be found in American Literary Review, Mid-American Review, LA Review, Water~Stone Review, Superstition Review, Bluestem, Pithead Chapel, Proximity Magazine, Boaat Press, Black Warrior Review, among others.  Her collaborative book with…

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