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 the Seattle Review, Poetry Northwest, and Broadsided Press. The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hugo House, and the Mineral School Artist Residency, her work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry, New England Review, the Best of the Net anthology, Alaska Quarterly Review, the Missouri Review, and Black Warrior Review, among other journals. She completed her MFA at the University of Washington in June 2016. Find her at www.gabriellebat.es or on twitter: @GabrielleBates.
Kym Littlefield, younger brother to many, tries to learn from all kinds of sources. His current projects discuss teleology, race, and masculinity using small words and sentence structures more common in other languages. Of late, the poet has been transitioning from digital photography to medium format analog photography.
Erin L. McCoy is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program in poetry and also holds an MA in Hispanic Studies. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in such journals as DIAGRAM, Pleiades, CURA, and The Tusculum Review. She is Public Relations Manager for Open Books. She was awarded the University of Washington’s Grace Milliman Pollock Scholarship (2016-2017) and received the Oakley Hall III Memorial Scholarship to attend the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley, California, in summer 2016. She is also a former intern of Sarabande Books, a recipient of the University of Louisville Creative Writing Scholarship, and has won nearly two dozen awards in investigative and feature photojournalism. Find her at www.erinlmccoy.com or on Twitter at @ErinLMcCoy.
Born in Northeast Ohio, Alexander Moysaenko attended schools in Chicago before moving to Seattle. He works at Open Books and as a copyeditor.
Abi Pollokoff is a Seattle-based writer with work forthcoming or previously in Transom; The Birds We Piled Loosely; CALAMITY; Guernica; and H_NGM_N, among others. A former reader for the Seattle Review and editor in chief of the Tulane Review, she won the 2012 Anselle M. Larson/Academy of American Poets prize for Tulane University. In 2016, she received her MFA from the University of Washington. She is the events manager for Open Books: A Poem Emporium and a content editor in visual communications.
Billie Swift lives in South Seattle and is the owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium. She received an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Her poetry has appeared in Seattle Review of Books, Crab Creek Review and Raven Chronicles. Her critical work has appeared online in Poetry Northwest and The New Yorker.