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October 2019

Jack Straw Reading

October 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us on Sunday October 20th at 5 pm for an evening of poetry and prose with the 2019 Jack Straw Writing Fellows! Samar Abulhassan holds an M.F.A. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for ten years, for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ WITS Program, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received…

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[Offsite] SAL Presents: Hanif Abdurraqib

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry with Hanif Abdurraquib on Wednesday October 23rd at 7:30 pm. This event is located at Town Hall Seattle and hosted by Seattle Arts & Lectures. More information and tickets can be found here.

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Book Launch: The Grief of a Happy Life by Christopher Howell

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the launch of The Grief of a Happy Life by poet Christopher Howell at 7pm on Friday October 25th!   Born in Portland, Oregon, Christopher Howell is author of a dozen poetry collections, including Love’s Last Number, Gaze, and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected. He has received numerous honors, including the Washington State Book Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust, and three Pushcart Prizes. A military journalist during the Vietnam War, he has been for…

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Call When You Have a Minute: A Reading and Celebration with Billie Swift and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join Billie Swift and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha as they celebrate their new chapbooks—Everything Here and Letters from the Interior—and the poetry, conversations, and communities that sustain their work. Billie Swift lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is the owner and operator of Open Books: A Poem Emporium. She received an MFA in poetry from the Rainer Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.     Lena Khalaf Tuffaha has lived the experiences of first-generation American, immigrant, and expatriate. Her heritage is Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian and she is…

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November 2019

Reading with Scott Cairns

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading with Scott Cairns Friday November 1st at 7pm!   Scott Cairns is the author of nine books of poetry, including Idiot Psalms, Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems, and his latest, Anaphora: New Poems. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing. Besides writing poetry, Cairns has also written a spiritual memoir, Short Trip to…

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Poetry Northwest 60th Anniversary Reading

November 2 @ 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…

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

November 8 @ 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…

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UW Bothell Reading Series

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Gamut is a quarterly literary series featuring readings by current students, alumni, and faculty of the University of Washington Bothell’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Poetics. The name refers to the program’s interdisciplinary nature, which encourages and challenges students to experiment between genres and mediums, resulting in a wide range of creative works. Curated by alum Woogee Bae (’19) and current students Matt Porter and Ashley Noelle. This month’s event will also celebrate the launch of the ecopoetics journal, Snail Trail,…

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Reading with José Olivarez & Michael Haeflinger

November 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry with José Olivarez and Michael Haeflinger on Sunday, November 17th, at 5pm! José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in…

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[Offsite] SAL Presents: Mary Ruefle

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry with Mary Ruefle on Thursday November 21st at 7:30 pm! This event takes place at Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall. This event is part of Seattle Art’s & Lectures Poetry Series. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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