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April 2018
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April
24

Poetry Workshop with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - May 8 @ 8:00 pm

From workshop instructor and Open Books Poet-in-Residence Lena Khalaf Tuffaha: Writing poetry feels increasingly like an ongoing and intimate conversation, an extended epistolary adventure. A poem begins with a question I am asking myself and those who have written before me. A poem is picking up a thread that Audre (Lorde) or Federico (Garcia Lorca)  or Adrienne (Rich) or  Seamus (Heaney) have begun and Naomi (Shihab Nye) and Kaveh (Akbar) and Cathy (Park Hong) and Rick (Barot) have joined, asking…

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April
27

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Rachel McKibbens, Benjamin Alire Sáenz & Javier Zamora

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

      Rachel McKibbens is a Chicana poet and Pink Elephant. McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. She co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night with poet Jacob Rakovan in upstate New York, and is a member of the Right Coast Writers Brigade. She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including World Literature Today, The New York Quarterly, and Bowery Women:…

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April
28

Independent Bookstore Day

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

For Indie Bookstore Day we’ll have the entire Open Books crew in the store welcoming customers and handing out poems and snacks. We’re also putting together a few specially curated sections for the day, and our Poet In Residence, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, will be on-hand stamping passports and signing books from noon to 4:00 pm.

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April
29

African-American Writers’ Alliance Reading

April 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a fabulous afternoon of poems, featuring readings by members of the African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA). History of the AAWA: In January 1991, Californian Randee Eddins called to order the first meeting of the African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA). Her idea to begin an informal gathering of Northwest black writers meeting for mutual support and encouragement through the exchange of ideas and concepts became a reality. The warmth and informality provide a forum for both new and published writers,…

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May 2018
May
02

Reading with Raquel Salas Rivera, Moss Hope Angel, RE Katz, Chloe Rose & Kolby Harvey

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

Raquel Salas Rivera es la poeta laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19 y becaria de CantoMundo del 2018. Sus poemas han aparecido en revistas tales como la Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee y el Boston Review. Es la autora de Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente), oropel/tinsel (Lark Books), tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia) y lo terciario/the tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light). En la actualidad, es co-editora para The Wanderer y co-editora de Puerto Rico en mi…

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May
04

Reading with Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Poetry readings by Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon, to be followed by a discussion moderated by Open Books Poet-in-Residence Lena Khalaf Tuffaha. Peggy Shumaker is the daughter of two deserts—the Sonoran desert where she grew up and the subarctic desert of interior Alaska where she lives now. Shumaker was honored by the Rasmuson Foundation as its Distinguished Artist. She served as Alaska State Writer Laureate. She received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shumaker is the…

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May
05

Reading with Lisa Dordal & Carolyne Wright

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Lisa Dordal and Carolyne Wright! Lisa Dordal (M.Div., M.F.A.) is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, Ninth Letter,Cave Wall, CALYX, The Greensboro Review, Vinyl Poetry and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, and the Betty Gabehart Poetry Prize. She teaches in the English Department at Vanderbilt University and her first full-length collection of poetry, Mosaic of…

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May
06

Poetry in Conversation: Kate Greenstreet’s The End of Something moderated by Rae Armantrout

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kate Greenstreet’s The End of Something is the 4th and last book of a loose series, but you don’t need to read the others to appreciate it. This book is like the ghost of a story; there is a floating thread of narrative, but one without defined characters or setting. Each statement; each utterance seems somehow both complete and incomplete. Each, no matter how seemingly ordinary, hangs in the air, gathering an eerie charge of loss and loneliness around it.…

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May
06

Red May Event: Poetry after the Crisis

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This panel brings together three poets who have been participants in the struggles of the period since the 2008 economic crisis; they have been part of the anti-capitalist, anti-racist, or feminist-queer-trans political movements. While instructive content in political poetry may remind one of the New Left struggles and poetics of the 60s, this new period of poetry and politics is also developing its own distinct poetic and political trajectory. More generally, there’s been a kind of “turn” (socialist, feminist, even…

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May
12

Springtime with Wave Books: Feat. Rodney Koeneke, Sandra Simonds & Geoffrey G. O’Brien

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening with three poets with new collections out this spring with Wave Books: Rodney Koeneke reading from Body & Glass, Sandra Simonds reading from Orlando, and Geoffrey G. O’Brien reading from Experience in Groups.  Rodney Koeneke is author of the poetry collections Body & Glass (Wave Books, 2018), Etruria (Wave Books, 2014), Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). An early member of the Flarf collective, he was active in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene until 2006, when he moved…

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