The WordsWest Literary Series takes place at C & P Coffee Co., located at 5612 California Ave. SW. This month’s reading features poets Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong, as well as a “favorite poem” contribution by our very own Billie Swift.
WordsWest Literary Series is a monthly series that invites writers, readers, and the West Seattle community to take literary joyrides as passengers and drivers. Every third Wednesday, 7pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range fromreadings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Local community members join each event by reciting a Favorite Poem. Sponsors supportlocal business and stimulate the West Seattle literary ecosystem. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.
Terrance Hayes‘s poetry collections include How to Be Drawn (2015), finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award; Lighthead (2010), which won the National Book Award, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Wind in a Box(2006); Hip Logic (2002), chosen for the National Poetry Series and also a finalist for an LA Times Book Award and an Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award; and Muscular Music (1999), which won a Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poems have also been featured in several editions of Best American Poetry and have won multiple Pushcart Prizes.
Jane Wong holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and Kundiman Fellow. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley, and the Fine Arts Work Center. The recipient of The American Poetry Review’s 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, her poems have appeared in journals such as Pleiades, Third Coast, and the anthologies Best American Poetry 2015 (Scribner), Best New Poets 2012 (The University of Virginia Press) and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press). She is the author of OVERPOUR (Action Books).
Billie Swift owns and runs Open Books: A Poem Emporium.