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December 2017

Goodbye, 2017! An open mic

December 31

Stop by the store during regular business hours and share a poem—one you’ve read or one you’ve written—to say a final farewell to 2017.

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January 2018

[Offsite] Sherman Alexie Loves: Nikki Giovanni

January 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event takes place at Benaroya Hall \ Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall and is Co-Presented by The Seattle Times.  “Sherman Alexie Loves” is a three-part series curated and hosted by Seattle’s favorite novelist, poet, playwright, and children’s author, Sherman Alexie, and highlighting authors he loves and champions. “I think I was lucky because I was always sniffling. Colds; allergies; something or another. Which meant I got to stay home from school a lot. Which meant I could read the books that…

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February 2018

Reading from Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse

February 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading from the new anthology Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017) as we hear from local contributors Kelli Russell Agodon, Jennifer Bullis, Susan J. Erickson, Susan Rich, Martha Silano, Judith Skillman and Carolyne Wright. “This timely collection of poems speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations.…

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[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Gregory Orr

February 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Gregory Orr, the author of more than ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, is a master of brevity and the personal lyric. Critic Hank Lazer observes: “From Burning the Empty Nests to the present, Orr gradually developed the ability to fuse his incredible skill at visual precision—the signature of his image-based work in his very first book—with an insistent musical quality, joining visual precision with a beauty of sound.” As a twelve-year-old boy, Orr accidentally…

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Reading with Natalie Graham & Brittany Perham

February 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Natalie Graham and Brittany Perham are celebrating new books, and we’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to hear them read from these incredible, award-winning collections. A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review, and Southern Humanities Review; and her articles have appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition. She is a Cave Canem fellow…

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A Reading with Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs & Mare Blocker

February 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for poetry readings by Gabriella Gutiérres y Muhs and Mare Blocker! Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is the author of several books including being first editor of the revolutionary Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. She has authored multiple articles, poetry collections, encyclopedia entries and in 2015 was awarded the Provost’s Inaugural Award for Scholarship, Research and Creativity at Seattle University, she also recently served as the Director for the Center for the Study of Justice in Society.  Her…

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Sunday After SAL: Discussion on Gregory Orr

February 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

At this event, Open Books Poet-in-Residence Lena Khalaf Tuffaha will lead us in discussing the work and recent SAL performance of renown poet Gregory Orr. Lena Khalaf Tuffaha  is a poet, writer, and translator. She is the winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize for Arab in Newsland, and the author of Water & Salt, a book of poems from Red Hen Press published in April 2017. Gregory Orr, the author of more than ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays,…

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Chapbook Launch Reading for Xandria Phillips’s Reasons for Smoking

February 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re giddy to be hosting this reading in celebration of Xandria Phillips’s newly released chapbook Reasons for Smoking (The Seattle Review / Paper Hammer), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. Joining Xandria Phillips for the evening will be Quenton Baker and Sarah Maria Medina. Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, Poetry Northwest,…

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March 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Tyehimba Jess

March 4, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Born in Detroit, Tyehimba Jess is the author of leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series selected by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. leadbelly, which explores the life and times of the legendary blues musician through a biography in poems, was named one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005” by both LibraryJournal and Black Issues Book Review, and Publishers Weekly noted that “the collection’s strength lies in its contradictory forms; from biography…

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April 2018

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

April 27, 2018 @ 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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