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April 2019
April
19

Reading with Michael Dylan Welch & Tanya McDonald

April 19 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for readings by Michael Dylan Welch and Tanya McDonald! Michael Dylan Welch is the founder of NaHaiWriMo, longtime officer of the Haiku Society of America and Haiku Northwest, director of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway, and cofounder of the Haiku North America conference and the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library. His haiku, longer poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies in at least twenty languages. They’ve also been performed for the…

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April
20

Reading with Elizabeth Colen, Sarah Galvin & Robert Lashley

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

Join us for a reading featuring Elizabeth Colen, Sarah Galvin, and Robert Lashley! Elizabeth J. Colen is most recently the author of fiction collaboration True Ash (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Other books include poetry collections Money for Sunsets (Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2011) and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies, flash fiction collection Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake, long poem / lyric essay hybrid The Green Condition, and novel in poems What Weaponry. Nonfiction editor at Tupelo Press and freelance editor/manuscript consultant, she teaches at Western Washington…

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April
21

A Reading & Conversation with Cecilia Vicuña

April 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

We’re thrilled to welcome visual artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña to Open Books for an afternoon of poetry and conversation! At this event, Vicuña will be reading from her recent New and Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuña (Kelsey Street Press) and taking part in a conversation with UW Professor Edgar O’Hara. Afterward, she will be available to sign books. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which will be on view at the Henry Art Gallery…

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April
25

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Poems for the Planet, feat. Francisco Aragón & Kimiko Hahn

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event will take place at Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall and is co-sponsored by Copper Canyon Press. Just in time for Earth Day, we’ll ​be celebrating eco-poetics as a mode of creative resistance​. This reading and discussion will launch the​ Copper Canyon Press​ anthology HERE: Poems for the Planet. Featuring poets who write with urgency and hope about the natural world, the event is supported by three organizations that create a better and more just landscape for poets and poetry: Cave Canem, Cant​oMundo, and…

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May 2019
May
04

Reading with Woogee Bae, Chelsea Grimmer, Abi Pollokoff & Katelyn Oppegard

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

Join us for readings by Woogee Bae, Chelsea Grimmer, Abi Pollokoff, and Katelyn Oppegard!

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May
10

Kelli Russell Agodon, Mary Peelen & Susan Rich

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Kelli Russell Agodon, Mary Peelen, and Susan Rich! Kelli Russell Agodon is the author of six books and is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer.Her most recent book, Hourglass Museum, was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize, and second book, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen for the Foreword Book of the Year Prize for poetry. Kelli is also the Co-Director…

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May
11

Reading with Michael Collier & Matthew Nienow

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Michael Collier and Matthew Nienow! Michael Collier‘s books of poetry include The Clasp and Other Poems (1986), The Folded Heart (1989), The Neighbor (1995), The Ledge (2000), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Dark Wild Realm (2006).   Matthew Nienow is the author of House of Water (Alice James Books, 2016). His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, New England Review, Poetry, and in many other magazines and anthologies. A 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, he has also received fellowships and awards from the…

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May
12

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

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 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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May
18

Reading with Rob Schlegel & Jessica Laser

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Rob Schlegel and Jessica Laser! Rob Schlegel is the author of The Lesser Fields (Center for Literary Publishing 2009) and January Machine (Four Way Books 2014). His third collection is In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps (University of Iowa Press 2019), selected by Brenda Shaughnessy for the Iowa Poetry Prize. With the poets Daniel Poppick and Rawaan Alkhatib, he co-edits The Catenary Press. He has recently taught in the MFA Program at Portland State University, and currently teaches at Whitman College. He…

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May
21

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Jericho Brown

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

This event will take place at At Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall and is co-sponsored by Copper Canyon Press. Jericho Brown is the award-winning author of three books of poetry, including a forthcoming collection with Copper Canyon Press, each work posing questions about race, masculinity, and sexuality, often through the lens of the Bible. Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment…

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