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February 2017

Winnie-the-Pooh Story Time, Guest Reader: Amy Thone

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for our monthly Winnie-the-Pooh story time! This time, our featured reader will be Amy Thone. Kids of all ages welcome.

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[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Ellen Bass Reading

February 28 @ 7:30 pm

We’re excited to be providing books for the following event: Ellen Bass will reading as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series. Ellen Bass’s most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published in April 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous poetry books include The Human Line (2007), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (2002), which won the Lambda Literary Award. In 1973, she co-edited (with Florence Howe) the…

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March 2017

[Offsite] Contagious Exchanges: Sarah Dowling and Imani Sims

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Seattle-based poet Sarah Dowling (DOWN, Security Posture, Birds & Bees) and poet, educator, and impresario Imani Sims ((A)live Heart, Sibling Rivalry Press) join host and curator Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore for the monthly reading series at Hugo House that seeks to explode boundaries so that critical engagement can thrive. Both writers will read from their work followed by an onstage Q&A with Sycamore. CONTAGIOUS EXCHANGES features two dynamic writers bridging genre, style, sensibility, and all the markers of identity in queer lives.…

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Book Launch for Christopher Howell’s latest collection, Love’s Last Number

March 3 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a reading that celebrates the launch of Christopher Howell’s new collection Love’s Last Number (Milkweed, 2017). Praise for Howell’s Love’s Last Number: In these offerings, one could easily argue that we are quietly drawn into an entire book of war poems, demonstrating the abidingly cruel relationship between human beings and the inexorable. It is a circumstance so quietly and powerfully vivified time and again: “The soldiers are through listening / and after a while the tea is cold.” These poems give…

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Reading with Rosalie Moffett, Keetje Kuipers, and Elyse Fenton

March 4 @ 7:00 pm

Winner of the 2016 OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry, Rosalie Moffett will read from her debut collection June in Eden, featuring darkly humorous poems that explore the miracles and failures of technology, medicine, and imagination. “These poems submerge us into the central core of mind and body, ‘the mercy of the interior’ where loss can be reconciled with love.” — D.A. Powell. Poets Keetje Kuipers (The Keys to the Jail, BOA 2014) and Elyse Fenton (Clamor, Cleveland State University Poetry…

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Poetry in Conversation: A discussion on Yannis Ritsos’s Diaries of Exile, moderated by Bill Carty

March 5 @ 4:30 pm

Join us for the latest installment of our Poetry in Conversation series, which will focus on Yannis Ritsos’s Diaries of Exile. An early entry in Yannis Ritsos’s Diaries of Exile begins, “Lots of things give us trouble. Lots.” Such directness is common in Ritsos’s work, yet in this collection, recounting his years as political prisoner during and after the Greek Civil War, Ritsos finds particular resistance and solidarity in daily action and observation. Throughout, Ritsos hints at the powerlessness of his position: “If we…

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[Offsite] Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re excited to be providing books for the following Hugo House event: Poet Morgan Parker will read from her forthcoming collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books, 2017). “What about modern womanhood isn’t explored in Morgan Parker’s poetry collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé? The easy answer: nothing. “Filled with politics, pop culture, and personal poetry this collection challenges the status quo—critiquing the modern media, current politics, and the patriarchy, and challenging racism, sexism, and…

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Book Launch for Kevin Craft’s latest collection, Vagrants & Accidentals

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re thrilled to be hosting the book launch for Kevin Craft’s second full-length collection Vagrants & Accidentals (University of Washington Press 2016). This event will include a reading by Kevin Craft, as well as a reading by Portland poet Jessica Johnson. Come join the celebration, hear some beautiful poems, and stick around afterward to get your very own signed copy of Vagrants & Accidentals. Kevin Craft‘s books include Vagrants & Accidentals (University of Washington Press 2016), Solar Prominence (Cloudbank Books, 2005), and five volumes of the anthology Mare Nostrum, an…

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Chapbook Launch for Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s Arab in Newsland, winner of the Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize, chosen by January Gill O’Neil

March 11 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening of poems at the book launch of Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s new chapbook, Arab in Newsland, Winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. Poet Peggy Shumaker writes about Lena’s new book: Whenever she turns on the “never good news,” Lena Khalaf Tuffaha sees her relatives in Syria, Jordan, and Palestine in pain and turmoil. She sees beloved cities blasted to rubble. She knows that ‘when darkness arrives the blue glow / of screens will bring you no…

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[Offsite] Ask the Oracle with Quenton Baker

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hugo House and Hotel Sorrento team up for this monthly divination series hosted by poet Johnny Horton. Come early, write your most burning questions down, and a panel of writers will divine your fate by choosing a random passage from their respective books. Tonight’s writer-oracles are Melissa Febos, author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, and the forthcoming essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury, 2017); Seattle-based writer Elissa Washuta, author of the genre-defying memoir, My Body Is a Book of…

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