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February 2018

Reading with Frances McCue, Carmine Chickadel & Jan Wallace

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

Join us for readings by Frances McCue, Carmine Chickadel, and Jan Wallace!   Frances McCue is a poet, prose writer and arts instigator. Though she has been classically, academically trained as a poet, her real journey as a literary artist has been through projects that connect poetry and prose to community life. Her innovations include collaborations with visual artist Mohammed Daoudi (poetry and painting show in a tiny temporary gallery in Belltown), with filmmaker Ryan Adams (current collaboration “Where the House Was,”…

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March 2018

Reading with Paul Hunter & Finn Wilcox

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by two of the Pacific Northwest’s finest poets: Paul Hunter and Finn Wilcox. Since 1994 Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works, currently including 26 books and over 65 broadsides.  His own poems have appeared in Alaska Fisherman’s Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bloomsbury Review, Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Raven Chronicles, The Small Farmer’s Journal, The Southern Review, Spoon River Poetry Review and Windfall, as well as in seven full-length books…

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Reading with Tess Gallagher & Lawrence Matsuda

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

Join us for readings by Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda! Tess Gallagher’s 12th volume of poetry, Is, Is Not, will be published by Graywolf Press in America in 2019. Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, is her presently most complete volume of poetry. She is included in World Poetry Anthology edited by Neil Astley and published by Bloodaxe Press. Other poetry includes Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, and Amplitude. Gallagher’s The Man from Kenvara: Selected Stories was published fall 2009. In 2008…

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Reading with Rebecca Eland & Andrew Schelling

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for a double reading featuring Colorado-based poets Rebecca Eland and Andrew Schelling! Rebecca Eland earned her B.A at Naropa University and an M.F.A at Saint Mary’s College of California. She has performed poetry with dancers from the Boulder Ballet, and at venues such as The Royal Botanical Gardens of Glasgow and Edinburgh, The Denver Art Museum and the Watershed Poetry Festival. She has taught poetry and movement at Deer Park Institute, India, and currently dances ballet. Rebecca lives…

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Reading with Dan Kaplan, Bill Carty & Kary Wayson

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dan Kaplan is celebrating the publication of a new collection Instant Killer Wig (Spuyten Duyvil). He’ll be joined at this reading by two terrific local poets, Bill Carty and Kary Wayson. Dan Kaplan is the author of Instant Killer Wig (Spuyten Duyvil, March 2018), Bill’s Formal Complaint (The National Poetry Review Press, 2008), and the bilingual chapbook SKIN (Red Hydra Press, 2005). His work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, VOLT, Denver Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Washington Square, the anthology Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.), and elsewhere. He is managing editor and poetry…

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April 2018

Reading with Amy Glynn & Garrett Hongo

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by tremendous poets Amy Glynn and Garrett Hongo! Amy Glynn is an multi-genre writer whose poetry appears widely in journals and anthologies including The Best American Poetry. Her first collection, A Modern Herbal, was published by Measure Press; her second, Romance Language, is forthcoming. She is a two-time James Merrill House fellow and has won the SPUR Award of the Association of Western Writers, Poetry Northwest‘s Carlyn Kizer Award and the Literal Latte Essay Award. She lives…

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Reading with Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordon & Andrea Rexilius

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

Join us for readings by Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordan, and Andrea Rexilius! Eric Baus is the author of four books of poetry, including The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights 2014). A new book, How I Became a Hum, is forthcoming from Octopus in 2018. He is on the faculty at Regis University’s Mile High MFA program in Denver.   Noah Eli Gordon lives in Denver and is an associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches courses in poetry, nonfiction, and publishing for their…

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Poetry y traducción: A Bilingual Reading with Eugenia Toledo & Francisco Aragón

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Seattle-based poet Eugenia Toledo will be joined by visiting poet Francisco Aragón, who will both read their poetry. A colloquium on the role of Spanish and translation in their work will follow, moderated by poet and translator Carolyne Wright. A San Francisco native, Francisco Aragón is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1998 after a decade in Spain, Aragón completed graduate degrees in creative writing from UC Davis and the University of Notre Dame. In 2003 he joined the faculty of Notre Dame’s…

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May 2018

Reading with Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon

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

Poetry readings by Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon, to be followed by a discussion moderated by Open Books Poet-in-Residence Lena Khalaf Tuffaha. Peggy Shumaker is the daughter of two deserts—the Sonoran desert where she grew up and the subarctic desert of interior Alaska where she lives now. Shumaker was honored by the Rasmuson Foundation as its Distinguished Artist. She served as Alaska State Writer Laureate. She received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shumaker is the…

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Reading with Lisa Dordal & Carolyne Wright

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Lisa Dordal and Carolyne Wright! Lisa Dordal (M.Div., M.F.A.) is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, Ninth Letter,Cave Wall, CALYX, The Greensboro Review, Vinyl Poetry and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Robert Watson Poetry Prize, and the Betty Gabehart Poetry Prize. She teaches in the English Department at Vanderbilt University and her first full-length collection of poetry, Mosaic of…

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