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August 2018

Master Class: Poetry and the News with Hilary Plum & Zach Savich

August 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“All this is reportage,” wrote George Oppen. In this master class, we’ll consider how some contemporary poets have used the “all this” of poetry to respond to the news–and to the experience of experiencing the news. How can poetry offer a way of thinking that reflects, counters, and complicates news cycles? What are the ethics of representing “news from elsewhere?” How can poetry both augment and critique other media? The session will include close discussion of poems, in-class writing, and…

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Don Mee Choi & Joshua Beckman Interviewed by Amaranth Borsuk

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

At this event, poets Don Mee Choi and Joshua Beckman will be interviewed by Amaranth Borsuk. Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of a number of books, including The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks (Wave Books, 2018), The Inside of an Apple, Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is editor-in-chief at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaž Šalamun, which was…

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Reading from the 2018 Best American Experimental Writing

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

Join us for a reading that features contributors from the 2018 BAX anthology! Don Mee Choi is the author of The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond Press, 2014), and a pamphlet of essays, Freely Frayed, ㅋ=q, Race=Nation (Wave Pamphlet #9, 2014). She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry are Poor Love Machine (Action…

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September 2018

Reading from They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event features readings by contributors to the multi-genre anthology They Said (Black Lawrence Press)! Carol Guess is the author of nineteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. A frequent collaborator, she teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.   Michael Schmeltzer was born in Japan and eventually moved to the US. He is the author of Blood Song, a Washington State Book Award…

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Reading with Norman Fischer, Joshua Edwards & Catherine Bresner

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a reading featuring poets Norman Fischer, Joshua Edwards, and Catherine Bresner! Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. His latest poetry titles are the just-out serial poems Untitled Series: Life As It Is (Talisman House) and On a Train At Night (Presse Universite de Rouen et Havre). His latest prose works are What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind (Shambhala Press), and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion(University of Alabama Press). Joshua…

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October 2018

[Offsite at Benaroya Hall] SAL Poetry Series: Alice Walker

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

We’re thrilled to be bookselling at Alice Walker’s Seattle Arts and Lectures reading, which will take place at Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated, prolific writer, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry, including The Color Purple and Hard Times Require Furious Dancing.    

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Double Book Launch Reading with Rae Armantrout & Graham Foust

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, we’re celebrating new books by Rae Armantrout and Graham Foust. Come out to hear incredible poems from these two highly anticipated collections! Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, and Entanglements, (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), were published by Wesleyan University Press. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared…

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[Workshop] Merging Text and Image: Creating an Erasure Page

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop is $45 per person, and pre-registration is required. You can reserve your spot by visiting this link here! In this class, all materials will be provided so that each participant can emerge with their very own work of erasure art.  Erasure in this sense means the transformation of a page from an old book into a newly created piece of poetry or prose by redacting unwanted language and creating your own fresh text from the words you choose to…

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New England Review at 40: An Anniversary Reading

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re celebrating 40 years of New England Review with readings by Rick Barot, Gabrielle Bates, Keetje Kuipers, Eric McMillan, Susan Rich, Martha Silano, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha! Rick Barot has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015), all published by Sarabande Books. Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award.  It was also a…

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