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October 2017

Workshop with Anne Tardos

October 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In this workshop, we will discuss lineages of multilingual writing. Anne Tardos, who has been writing in multiple languages since the 1980s, will draw from her personal experience on the topic and talk about the ways in which her past experience with multilingual writing has impacted her current, largely unilingual, poetry. Participants are asked to bring in their own work for group discussion. Pre-registration price is $40.00. Sign up by clicking here. Anne Tardos, French-born American poet, is the author of ten books of poetry and several…

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African-American Writers’ Alliance Reading

October 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 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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[Offsite] Reading with Mischa Willett & Lauren Camp

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this Hugo House event, Mischa Willett, poet and host of the podcast Poems for the People, and New Mexico-based poet Lauren Camp will read from their recent collections—both of which explore family and migration—followed by an onstage Q&A. In Phases (Cascade Books), Mischa Willett’s playful experiments with form are centered by a colloquy across history and place, namely Rome, where Willett’s family immigrated from. The poems are as interested in the creeping penumbral edge of language as they are in the shadowy fact of…

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Reading with Svetlana Beggs, Paula Cisewski & Matthew Minicucci

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

This event features readings by three incredible poets: Svetlana Beggs, Paula Cisewski, and Matthew Minicucci. Svetlana Beggs’s poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Dunes Review, CALYX Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, Natural Bridge, Columbia Poetry Review, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a recent recipient of a work- study scholarship in poetry to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, she lives in Seattle.       Paula Cisewski’s fourth poetry collection, ​quitter​, won Diode Editions’s 2016 Book…

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Reading with Bruce Beasley

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, Bruce Beasley will read from his new collection of poems, All Soul Parts Returned (BOA Editions). Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of eight collections of poems, most recently the brand-new All Soul Parts Returned from BOA Editions. His previous books have won three national competitions: the Colorado Prize (selected by Charles Wright) for Summer Mystagogia; the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Prize for The Creation; and the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award for Lord Brain. Beasley…

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Reading with David Biespiel & Wendy Willis

October 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We’re thrilled to be hosting a reading by this dynamic duo of poets! David Biespiel is the author of ten books, most recently The Education of a Young Poet; A Long High Whistle, which received the 2016 Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction; Charming Gardeners; and The Book of Men and Women, which was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Poetry Foundation and received the 2011 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. He is a contributing writer at The Rumpus, where he writes the Poetry Wire column, as well as…

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November 2017

Book Launch Reading: Aaron Shurin’s Flowers & Sky

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Aaron Shurin’s new book Flowers & Sky: Two Talks (Entre Ríos Books). This reading will feature Aaron Shurin and a special guest, poet Alex Vigue. Flowers & Sky: Two Talks brings together two lectures and a suite of unpublished poems. These intimate talks use Shurin’s own work to illustrate the power and practice of image-making at the deepest level. Like other Entre Ríos books, this collection ships with an audio download of the poet reading the…

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Claudia Castro Luna’s Book Launch & Day of the Dead Celebration

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

Help us ring in Claudia Castro Luna’s new collection of poems Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) with a reading and Day of the Dead celebration. Introductions will be conducted by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs. Early praise for Killing Marías: “Each poem in Killing Marías is addressed to someone named Maria who has been killed in Juarez. Lyric in tradition, they are more love poems than elegies. The poems are full of love, of care, of transnational empathy. This is a book that is unusually moving and beautifully…

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Book Launch Reading: Maya Jewell Zeller’s Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event, a celebration of the new multi-genre collaboration Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Ríos Press), features readings by poets Maya Jewell Zeller and Ellen Welcker, as well as the screening of a film by Rebecca Starkey.   A Note from the Press: “Entre Ríos Books is proud to announce our fifth book, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts by Spokane poet, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Seattle artist Carrie DeBacker. This full-color collaboration charts a course into magical waters, anchoring itself in the frightening…

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[Offsite] Hugo Literary Series: Jericho Brown, Porochista Khakpour & Rachel Kessler

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

Fred Wildlife Refuge (128 Belmont Ave East) | 21+ | Doors open at 6:30 pm General: $25 | Hugo House member: $20 | Student (with ID): $12 The 2017-2018 Hugo Literary Series coincides with our move to a new and permanent home on the same site where we first opened our doors over 20 years ago. In this same spirit of development and growth, we’ve commissioned new work on themes of real estate—from the pragmatic issues of property value to the more…

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