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May 2017

Drop Leaf Press Reading with Lehua Taitano & Tanya Holtland

May 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of Drop Leaf Press, featuring readings by two phenomenal Drop Leaf Press poets Lehua Taitano and Tanya Holtland. Drop Leaf Press is run by five women in San Francisco & Oakland, CA. The press encourages the hybrid and the caught ephemeral; seeks joineries of the unexpected and the overlooked; believes in flexibility and tactility. With each new voice, each new book, Drop Leaf Press creates space: it adds a leaf to the table, room for more. Each of Drop Leaf Press chapbook wields a…

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August 2017

Reading with t’ai freedom ford, Bettina Judd & Imani Sims

August 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Three tremendous poets, reading original work! t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in No, Dear, The African American Review, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a…

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September 2017

[Offsite] About Time Reading Series

September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Join us at the Ballard Public Library for a craft talk by Billie Swift and poetry readings by Open Books employees Gabrielle Bates, Kym Littlefield, Alexander Moysaenko, Erin L. McCoy, and Abi Pollokoff! *Please note: Because all of our employees are participating in this event, we will be closing the store early (at 5:00 p.m.). Gabrielle Bates is a writer and visual artist from Birmingham, Alabama, currently living in Seattle, where she works at Open Books and serves on the editorial board of…

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Reading with Amber Flame, Elaina Ellis & Roberto Ascalon

September 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, three terrific poets—Amber Flame, Elaina Ellis, and Roberto Ascalon— perform original work. Roberto Ascalon Elaina Ellis lives in Bellingham, Washington. Her poems appear in Vinyl Poetry, Muzzle Magazine, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow and author of the poetry collection Write About an Empty Birdcage from Write Bloody Publishing. She holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and works as an editor at Copper Canyon Press.     Amber Flame is a writer, composer and…

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Reading with Meghan McClure & Michael Schmeltzer

September 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poets Meghan McClure and Michael Schmeltzer are celebrating the publication of their collaborative work of creative nonfiction A Single Throat Opens (Black Lawrence Press). At this event, they will read from this exciting new book and hang out after to sign copies. Meghan McClure lives in Washington. Her work can be found in American Literary Review, Mid-American Review, LA Review, Water~Stone Review, Superstition Review, Bluestem, Pithead Chapel, Proximity Magazine, Boaat Press, Black Warrior Review, among others.  Her collaborative book with…

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October 2017

WA129 Anthology Reading

October 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event celebrates the new WA129 Anthology curated by the Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. Join us for short, rapid-fire readings by sixteen terrific local poets: Anastacia-Renee, Elizabeth Austen, Linda Bierds, Bill Carty, Kevin Craft, Lynne Ellis, Angel Gardner, Priscilla Long, Claudia Castro Luna, Beth Myhr, Arlene Naganawa, Shankar Narayan, Sierra Nelson, Susan Rich, Heidi Seaborn, and Martha Silano! Anastacia-Renee 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 the…

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African-American Writers’ Alliance Reading

October 22, 2017 @ 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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November 2017

[Offsite] Reading with Vickie Vértiz & Kenji C. Liu at The Alice

November 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At this event,Vickie Vértiz and Kenji K. Liu will be reading at the Alice Gallery, where their works are featured in the current exhibition, /what are we but lying single surface/, an exhibition of prints, photography, poetry and video. In the exhibit artists-writers-activists-teachers abandon the exclusive, disciplinary lies that mark territories of the visual arts and poetry, exploring themes of identity, place, family, language, collaboration, and self-making in their own terms. Vértiz will also be sharing work from her new book out of U of Arizona…

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Words to Carry Us: Reading & Writing Poetry on Grief & Illness

November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Elizabeth Austen, poet, teacher, and former Washington State poet laureate, and Kari Hilwig, palliative care social worker, for a quiet evening of poetry that explores grief, illness, and spiritual and psychological healing. Elizabeth will read her works and discuss the ways in which poetry has been a path to self-care for those who work with the seriously ill and those who have been affected directly by illness and loss. Bring poetry to share, either your own personal writing or…

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December 2017

An Evening of Poetry Curated by Anastacia-Renee

December 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé has invited an incredible line-up of local writers—poets and non-poets alike—to join her for what promises to be a wonderful evening of poetry. 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 the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press) and her poetry, prose and fiction have…

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