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April 2017

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Alice Notley Reading

April 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We’re excited to be providing books for the following event: Alice Notley will be reading as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series. Awarded the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, one of American literature’s most distinguished honors, Alice Notley has become one of the most highly regarded figures in American poetry. Her newest collection, Certain Magical Acts, sets out to explore the world and its difficulties, from the recent economic crisis and climate change to the sorrow of…

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May 2017

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Carl Phillips Reading

May 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re excited to be providing books for the following event: Carl Phillips will be reading as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series. Referred to as “one of America’s most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets,” Carl Phillips is the author of a dozen books of poetry and two works of criticism. He was born in Everett, Washington in 1959, and his family moved frequently around the United States. He earned a BA from Harvard, an MAT…

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October 2017

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Stephen (Steph) Burt

October 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Stephen (Steph) Burt is a gender fluid poet, literary critic, and an English professor at Harvard University. Burt’s works of criticism include The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them; Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Art of the Sonnet, written with David Mikics; The Forms of Youth: 20th-Century Poetry and Adolescence; Randall Jarrell on W.H. Auden, written with Hannah Brooks-Motl; and Randall Jarrell and His Age.…

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November 2017

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: A. E. Stallings

November 13, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Poet and translator A. E. (Alicia) Stallings studied classical Latin and Greek at the University of Georgia and the University of Oxford, and has lived in Athens, Greece, since 1991. Known for her mastery of highly structured forms, her writing mines the classical world and traditional poetic techniques to craft precise and emotional dialogues between the ancient culture of her adopted homeland and contemporary concerns. “Through her technical dexterity and graceful fusion of content and form,” writes the MacArthur Foundation…

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January 2018

[Offsite] Sherman Alexie Loves: Nikki Giovanni

January 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“Sherman Alexie Loves” is a three-part series curated by Seattle’s favorite novelist, poet, playwright, and children’s author, Sherman Alexie, and highlighting authors he loves and champions. This event takes place at Benaroya Hall \ Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall and will be hosted by Nikkita Oliver. Nikkita is a poet, teacher, lawyer, and community activist who was the Peoples Party candidate for Mayor of the City of Seattle.  “I think I was lucky because I was always sniffling. Colds; allergies; something or another.…

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February 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Gregory Orr

February 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Gregory Orr, the author of more than ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, is a master of brevity and the personal lyric. Critic Hank Lazer observes: “From Burning the Empty Nests to the present, Orr gradually developed the ability to fuse his incredible skill at visual precision—the signature of his image-based work in his very first book—with an insistent musical quality, joining visual precision with a beauty of sound.” As a twelve-year-old boy, Orr accidentally…

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March 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Tyehimba Jess

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Born in Detroit, Tyehimba Jess is the author of leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series selected by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Olio, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. leadbelly, which explores the life and times of the legendary blues musician through a biography in poems, was named one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005” by both LibraryJournal and Black Issues Book Review, and Publishers Weekly noted that “the collection’s strength lies in its contradictory forms; from biography…

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April 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Rachel McKibbens, Benjamin Alire Sáenz & Javier Zamora

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

      Rachel McKibbens is a Chicana poet and Pink Elephant. McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. She co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night with poet Jacob Rakovan in upstate New York, and is a member of the Right Coast Writers Brigade. She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including World Literature Today, The New York Quarterly, and Bowery Women:…

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May 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Aimee Nezhukumatathil

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Born in 1974 in Chicago to a Filipina mother and Malayali Indian father, Aimee Nezhukumatathil is known for poems that braid three cultures–Filipino, Indian, and American–and for poetry that is bright, accessible, and filled with lush sensory images. She received her B.A. in English and M.F.A. in poetry and creative nonfiction from Ohio State University in Columbus. Poet Naomi Shiab Nye writes, “Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poems are as ripe, funny and fresh as a precious friendship. They’re the fullness of days,…

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October 2018

[Offsite at Benaroya Hall] SAL Poetry Series: Alice Walker

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re thrilled to be bookselling at Alice Walker’s Seattle Arts and Lectures reading, which will take place at Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium. Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated, prolific writer, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry, including The Color Purple and Hard Times Require Furious Dancing.    

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