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January 2018

Reading from Best New Poets

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

The Best New Poets anthology series showcases tremendous work by some of today’s most brilliant emerging poets. We’re thrilled to be hosting six contributors from the new 2017 edition, selected by Natalie Diaz. Come hear work by Sarah Bates, Christina Im, Erin L. McCoy, Alyssa Ogi, Caitlin Roach, and Amanda Turner, and celebrate with us the publication of Best New Poets 2017! Sarah Bates has an MFA in Poetry from Northern Michigan University and currently teaches at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Her work…

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Book Launch Reading for Nancy Huang’s Favorite Daughter

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

Nancy Huang, coming all the way from New Hampshire, is celebrating the recent publication of her first book Favorite Daughter (Write Bloody Publishing), and she’ll be joined by terrific Pacific Northwest poets Cathy Linh Che, Paul Hlava, and Christopher Rose. Nancy Huang (黄洁) is a queer Chinese-American poet. She is a winner of the 2016 Write Bloody Poetry contest, an Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize, a James F. Parker Award in Poetry, a 2015 YoungArts Finalist prize, and more. She has received fellowships…

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February 2018

Reading with Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs & Mare Blocker

February 10 @ 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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Reading with Sharon Bryan & July Westhale

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading by the terrific poets Sharon Bryan and July Westhale! Sharon Bryan July Westhale is the author of Trailer Trash (2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press). Her most recent poetry can be found in The National Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, RHINO, phoebe, burntdistrict, Eleven Eleven, 580 Split, Lunch Ticket, and Quarterly West. Her essays have been nominated for Best American Essays, as well as the Pushcart prize. She moonlights as a journalist at The Establishment, and has appeared in The…

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Reading with Carmine Chickadel, Frances McCue & Jan Wallace

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

Join us for readings by Carmine Chickadel, Frances McCue, and Jan Wallace! Carmine “Chick” Chickadel’s poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Philadelphia Poets, Prosdodia, Signs of Life and many other journals. He also publishes articles on education and writing. In 1990, he co-founded The Neo Vatikan Press with painter Dennis Evans. The year 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the press and the release of their sixth book of poetry and images, Dark Matter. In April of that same year his book of…

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March 2018

Reading with Tess Gallagher & Larry Mitsui

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

  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 Blackstaff Press in Belfast published Barnacle Soup—Stories from…

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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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April 2018

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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