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May 2018

Reading with Kai Carlson-Wee, Emily Van Kley, Diana Khoi Nguyen & Kathryn Smith

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

At this reading, we’ll hear poems read by two debut poets: Kai Carlson-Wee, celebrating the publication of RAIL (BOA Editions) and Diana Khoi Nguyen, celebrating the publication of Ghost Of (Omnidawn). They will be joined by poets Emily Van Kley and Kathryn Smith, both of whom are also celebrating beautiful new books: The Cold and the Rust (Persea) and BOOK OF EXODUS (Scablands Books). Kai Carlson–Wee is the author of RAIL (BOA Editions, 2018). He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference,…

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June 2018

Reading with Lindsey Boldt, Steffi Drewes & Paul Ceballos Hlava

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

Join us for readings by Lindsey Boldt, Steffi Drewes, and Paul Ceballos Hlava! Lindsey Boldt is the author of Overboard (Publication Studio) and the chapbooks “Oh My, Hell Yes” (Summer BF Press), “Titties for Lindsey” (OMG), and “<(( ))>” (Couch Press). She is Managing Editor of Nightboat Books, and was previously co-publisher and editor of Summer BF Press and Managing editor of The Post-Apollo Press. She lived in The Bay Area for many years and is now back in the Pacific Northwest where she was born and…

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Reading with Alexandra Mattraw & Amber Nelson

June 22 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for readings by Alexandra Mattraw and Amber Nelson! Alexandra Mattraw is a Berkeley poet whose first full-length book, small siren, emerges from Brooklyn’s Cultural Society in spring 2018. Alexandra is also the author of four chapbooks, including flood psalm (2017), published with Dancing Girl Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Review, Fourteen Hills, The Poetry Project, VOLT, The Volta, and elsewhere. In Oakland, she curates an art centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen. Amber Nelson is the author of the book In Anima:…

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A Storytelling Event Featuring Cave Canem and Kundiman Poets

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jane Wong‘s poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, jubilat and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University. Anastacia-Reneé is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator and multivalent performance artist. She is…

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August 2018

Reading with Margaret Rhee, Cathy Linh Che, Claudia Castro Luna & Shankar Narayan

August 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Margaret Rhee, Cathy Linh Che, Claudia Castro Luna, and Shankar Narayan! Margaret Rhee is the author of Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017), and chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2013) and Radio Heart; or How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her project The Kimchi Poetry Machine is exhibited at the Electronic Literature Collection Volume III. Her academic writing has been published in Cinema Journal, Amerasia Journal, and GLQ. Her literary fellowships include Squaw Valley Poets Workshop, Kundiman, and the Kathy…

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Reading from the 2018 Best American Experimental Writing

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading that features contributors from the 2018 BAX anthology! Don Mee Choi is the author of The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond Press, 2014), and a pamphlet of essays, Freely Frayed, ㅋ=q, Race=Nation (Wave Pamphlet #9, 2014). She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry are Poor Love Machine (Action…

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September 2018

Reading with Quenton Baker, Lily Baumgart & Claudia Castro Luna

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the new Open Books Poet-in-Residence, Quenton Baker; Seattle Youth Poet Laureate (2017-2018), Lily Baumgart; and current Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna for a terrific night of poems! 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, The James Franco Review, and Cura and in the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. He has…

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Reading from They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event features readings by contributors to the multi-genre anthology They Said (Black Lawrence Press). Join assistant editor Sally Ashton for an evening of readings from Kelli Russell Agodon, Elizabeth J. Colen, Carol Guess, Rae Liberto, Kelly Magee, Brenda Miller, Michael Schmeltzer, Martha Silano, Molly Tenenbaum, Molly Thornton, and Jeff Whitney. Kelli Russell Agodon is the author of six books and is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer. Her most recent book, Hourglass…

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African-American Writers’ Alliance Reading

September 30 @ 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). 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, a setting where they can explore both finished works…

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October 2018

COAST|noCOAST Simulcast Release Reading

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

Location: Open Books (Seattle) / Midwestern Press (Cincinnati) Naomi Beeman, Erica Martz, Erin L. McCoy, Sierra Nelson, and Jay Aquinas Thompson will be reading live in Seattle, and cris cheek, Keith Tuma, Tyrone Williams, and Harris Wheeler will be Skyped in (technology permitting) from Cincinnati. Naomi Beeman is the Development Writing and Research Manager at The 5th Avenue Theatre by day and experimental prose writer by night. She spent ten years teaching modern through contemporary interdisciplinary humanities courses and German language at five universities…

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