Join us for readings by Frances McCue, Carmine Chickadel, and Jan Wallace!
Frances McCue is a poet, prose writer and arts instigator. Though she has been classically, academically trained as a poet, her real journey as a literary artist has been through projects that connect poetry and prose to community life. Her innovations include collaborations with visual artist Mohammed Daoudi (poetry and painting show in a tiny temporary gallery in Belltown), with filmmaker Ryan Adams (current collaboration “Where the House Was,” a feature-length poetry documentary about gentrification in Seattle, due out in 2018) and with philanthropists Linda Breneman and Andrea Lewis (serving as the Founding Director of Richard Hugo House, a place
that defied the passive-audience-seated-in-chairs approach to literary programming). McCue’s literary work includes a forthcoming publication “I Almost Read the Books Whole,” a series of imagined “blurbs” of porcelain, un-openable books by artist Timea Tihanyi. She is currently touring with her new poetry book, Timber Curtain.
Carmine “Chick” Chickadel’s poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Philadelphia Poets, Prosdodia, Signs of Life and many other journals. He also publishes articles on education and writing. In 1990, he co-founded The Neo Vatikan Press with painter Dennis Evans. The year 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the press and the release of their sixth book of poetry and images, Dark Matter. In April of that same year his book of poetry, Houdini Right Where I Want Him, was published by Stapler Place Press.
Jan Wallace is a poet, and essayist who lives North of Seattle with one calico cat. Her poems and essays have appeared in various print and online journals. Jan was around in the early Hugo House days, and was there at the final reading as the house literally began to fall down around the readers and the audience.