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Poetry Northwest 60th Anniversary Reading

November 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Poetry Northwest celebrates its 60th anniversary at Open Books in Seattle on November 2, at 7 p.m. Join editors and staff in welcoming four favorite poets with recent work in the journal: Michael Bazzett, Laura Read, Kathryn Smith, and Ryo Yamaguchi.


Michael Bazzett is a poet, teacher, & translator. The recipient of a fellowships from the NEA, he’s the author of three collections of poetry, including You Must Remember This (Milkweed Editions, 2014), winner of the Linquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, Our Lands Are Not So Different (Horsethief Books, 2017), and The Interrogation (Milkweed, 2017). His work has appeared in Tin House, The Sun, The American Poetry Review, Threepenny Review, and Ploughshares, and his verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh, (Milkweed, 2018) – the first English rendering of the myth in verse – was longlisted for the National Translation Award and named “one of 2018’s ten best books of poetry” by the NY Times. He lives in Minneapolis.
Laura Read is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (Floating Bridge Press, 2011). She served as poet laureate for Spokane, Washington from 2015-17 and teaches at Spokane Falls Community College.
Kathryn Smith is the author of Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017) and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin, winner of the 2018 Open Country Press Chapbook Contest. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Bellingham Review, The Journal, Mid-American Review, Redivider, and elsewhere, and she has received an Allied Arts Foundation award, a Spokane Arts Grant Award, and a Pushcart Special Mention. She lives in Spokane, where she also makes collage and mixed media art.
Ryo Yamaguchi is the author of The Refusal of Suitors, published by Noemi Press. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, and American Poetry Review, and his book reviews and other critical writings can be found in outlets such as Jacket2, the Kenyon Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives in Seattle where he works at Wave Books. Please visit him at plotsandoaths.com.


November 2, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N. 45th Street
Seattle, 98103 United States
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(206) 633-0811

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