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February 2018
Feb
23

Reading with Frances McCue, Carmine Chickadel & Jan Wallace

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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,”…

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Feb
25

Poetry in Conversation: Solmaz Sharif’s Look moderated by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

February 25 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

“Daily I sit / with the language / they’ve made / of our language / to NEUTRALIZE / the CAPABILITY OF LOW DOLLAR VALUE ITEMS / like you.”  —Solmaz Sharif In her award-winning debut collection Look (Graywolf Press), poet Solmaz Sharif uses the US Department of Defense’s Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms to create piercing poems that interrogate and redefine our relationship with language. What does it mean to speak of intimacy, perception, and memory in a language transformed by decades…

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March 2018
March
02

Reading with Paul Hunter & Finn Wilcox

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by two of the Pacific Northwest’s finest poets: Paul Hunter and Finn Wilcox. Since 1994 Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works, currently including 26 books and over 65 broadsides.  His own poems have appeared in Alaska Fisherman’s Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bloomsbury Review, Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Raven Chronicles, The Small Farmer’s Journal, The Southern Review, Spoon River Poetry Review and Windfall, as well as in seven full-length books…

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March
04

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Tyehimba Jess

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Born in Detroit, Tyehimba Jess is the author of leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series selected by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. leadbelly, which explores the life and times of the legendary blues musician through a biography in poems, was named one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005” by both LibraryJournal and Black Issues Book Review, and Publishers Weekly noted that “the collection’s strength lies in its contradictory forms; from biography…

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March
11

Sunday After SAL: Discussion on Tyehimba Jess

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

At this event, Open Books staff will lead a discussion of the work and recent SAL performance of renown poet Tyehimba Jess. Tyehimba Jess is the author of Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and leadbelly, the winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. He is Poetry and Fiction editor of the African American Review.

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March
23

Reading with Tess Gallagher & Lawrence Matsuda

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda! Tess Gallagher’s 12th volume of poetry, Is, Is Not, will be published by Graywolf Press in America in 2019. Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, is her presently most complete volume of poetry. She is included in World Poetry Anthology edited by Neil Astley and published by Bloodaxe Press. Other poetry includes Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, and Amplitude. Gallagher’s The Man from Kenvara: Selected Stories was published fall 2009. In 2008…

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March
25

Reading with Rebecca Eland & Andrew Schelling

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for a double reading featuring Colorado-based poets Rebecca Eland and Andrew Schelling! Rebecca Eland earned her B.A at Naropa University and an M.F.A at Saint Mary’s College of California. She has performed poetry with dancers from the Boulder Ballet, and at venues such as The Royal Botanical Gardens of Glasgow and Edinburgh, The Denver Art Museum and the Watershed Poetry Festival. She has taught poetry and movement at Deer Park Institute, India, and currently dances ballet. Rebecca lives…

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March
30

Reading with Stephen Corey

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading by poet, writer, and editor, Stephen Corey! Stephen Corey has published ten collections of poems, most recently There Is No Finished World (White Pine Press, 2003), and his first essay collection—Startled at the Big Sound: Essays Personal, Literary, and Cultural—was released in early 2017 by Mercer University Press. He has co-edited four books in three genres, including (with Warren Slesinger) Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001), as well as Stories Wanting Only to Be…

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March
31

Reading with Dan Kaplan, Bill Carty & Kary Wayson

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dan Kaplan is celebrating the publication of a new collection Instant Killer Wig (Spuyten Duyvil). He’ll be joined at this reading by two terrific local poets, Bill Carty and Kary Wayson. Dan Kaplan is the author of Instant Killer Wig (Spuyten Duyvil, March 2018), Bill’s Formal Complaint (The National Poetry Review Press, 2008), and the bilingual chapbook SKIN (Red Hydra Press, 2005). His work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, VOLT, Denver Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Washington Square, the anthology Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.), and elsewhere. He is managing editor and poetry…

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April 2018
April
01

Reading with Zeina Hashem Beck & Chelsea Jennings

April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for readings by Zeina Hashem Beck and Chelsea Jennings! Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a smith|doortop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first book, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has…

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