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Reading with Jeff Alessandrelli, Kary Wayson, Shelby Handler & Woogee Bae

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

Join us for an evening of poetry with Jeff Alessandrelli, Kary Wayson, Shelby Handler & Woogee Bae on Friday November 8th at 7pm!

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length poetry collections THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST (2014) and Fur Not Light (2019), both from Burnside Review Press. He’s additionally the author of a short poetic biography of the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie entitled Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press; 2011), a short essay collection focusing on skateboarding and The Notorious B.I.G. entitled The Man on High—Essays On Skateboarding, Hip-Hop, Poetry and The Notorious B.I.G. (Eyewear (U.K); 2018) and five chapbooks. Recent work by him appears in Poetry NorthwestThe American Poetry Review, and The Hong Kong Review of Books. In addition to his own writing, Jeff also runs the vinyl-record literary label Fonograf Editions. He lives in Portland, OR. 

Kary Wayson is the author of three books—Dog & Me (LitRag Press, 2004), American Husband (Ohio State University Press, 2009), and Via Maria Materi (Burnside Review Press, forthcoming in 2019). Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, The Nation, Narrative, FIELD, and others, including the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A 2012 the Stranger Genius Award nominee, Kary was writer-in-residence at Hugo House from 2013-2015. She lives and works as a waitress and freelance editor in Seattle, WA. 

Shelby Handler is a queer Jewish writer and organizer living on Duwamish territory/Seattle, WA. A 2019-20 Hugo House Fellow, Shelby’s work has also received support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Asylum Arts, the Yiddish Book Center, Artist Trust, Gay City Arts and Winter Tangerine. Their work has appeared in Gigantic Sequins, glitterMOB and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival”, among others. Shelby is a founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council and a master teaching artist for Arts Corps, Youth Speaks Seattle and Kadima Reconstructionist Synagogue.

Woogee Bae is a poet and editor whose work focuses on translingualism and waste. She received her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell, edits the ecopoetics journal Snail Trail, and curates the quarterly reading series Gamut. Her writing can be found in P-QUEUE, Small Po[r]tions, Poetry Northwest (forthcoming), and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle. 


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


Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N. 45th Street
Seattle, 98103 United States
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