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April 2018
April
07

Reading with Rebecca Hoogs & Megan Levad

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

Join us for readings by Rebecca Hoogs and Megan Levad! Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin University Press) which was a finalist for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry, and a chapbook, Grenade (GreenTower Press). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Florida Review, Cincinnati Review, and others. She won the 2010 Southeast Review poetry contest and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Artist Trust of Washington State.…

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April
15

Examining Our Earth Through Poems

April 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Common Acre and Open Books for an evening of poetry and discussion about what environmentalism looks like and how it intersects with other injustices faced today. The event organizer and host is Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Lily Baumgart. Readers include Aisha Al-Amin, Quenton Baker, Namaka Auwee-Dekker, and Sierra Nelson. After hearing the words of these incredible writers, the evening will open up into a discussion ranging from what actions everyone can take to personal experiences to a cool plant you…

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April
20

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 Gordon, 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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April
22

Poetry y traducción: A Bilingual Reading with Eugenia Toledo, Claudia Castro Luna & Francisco Aragón

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

Seattle-based poets Eugenia Toledo and Claudia Castro Luna will be joined by visiting poet Francisco Aragón to 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…

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May 2018
May
05

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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May
06

Red May Event: Poetry after the Crisis

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This panel brings together three poets who have been participants in the struggles of the period since the 2008 economic crisis; they have been part of the anti-capitalist, anti-racist, or feminist-queer-trans political movements. While instructive content in political poetry may remind one of the New Left struggles and poetics of the 60s, this new period of poetry and politics is also developing its own distinct poetic and political trajectory. More generally, there’s been a kind of “turn” (socialist, feminist, even…

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May
26

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
June
16

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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June
22

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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June
29

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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