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September 2017

[Offsite] Book Launch: E. J. Koh’s A Lesser Love

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re excited to be a part of this book launch for E. J. Koh’s debut collection A Lesser Love, winner of 2016 Pleiades Press Editors Prize! The event will take place at Hugo House and feature several readers (TBA). E. J. Koh‘s poems, ​translations​, and stories have appeared in World Literature Today, Boston Review, TriQuarterly, Southeast Review, Columbia Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, SWARM, and others. She accepted fellowships at Kundiman, The MacDowell Colony, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Jack Straw Writers…

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Poetry in Conversation on W. S. Merwin’s The Lice

September 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Local poet Bill Carty will be leading this Poetry in Conversation event on W. S. Merwin’s The Lice, reissued this year by Copper Canyon Press. Join us for an afternoon discussion of this tremendous collection! “This Fiftieth Anniversary edition celebrates one of the most ground-breaking books in American poetry. When first published in 1967, W.S. Merwin’s The Lice was revolutionary. Its visionary urgency directly engaged the nexus of aesthetics and morality, exerting an immediate and lasting effect on the writing and reading…

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Reading with Mark Tardi & Ryo Yamaguchi

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us in welcoming poet Mark Tardi (all the way from Poland!) and new-to-Seattle poet Ryo Yamaguchi to Open Books for what’s sure to be an incredible reading. Both poets will read original work and stick around after to sign copies of their books. Mark Tardi is originally from Chicago and he earned his MFA from Brown University. His publications include the books The Circus of Trust, Airport music, and Euclid Shudders. He guest-edited an issue of the literary journal Aufgabe devoted to contemporary Polish poetry and…

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Reading with Meghan McClure & Michael Schmeltzer

September 29 @ 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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Launch Party for Hailey Higdon’s Rural (Drop Leaf Press)

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

Join us to celebrate the launch of Hailey Higdon’s chapbook Rural (Drop Leaf Press), featuring readings by the author, Sarah Heady, and Tanya Holtland! Hailey Higdon is originally from Nashville. She is the author of several poetry chapbooks including, The State In Which (above/ground), Packing (Bloof Books), How to Grow Almost Everything (Agnes Fox), Yes & What Happens (Dusie Kollektiv), and A Wild Permanence (forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press). Her recent interview with Joanne Kyger appeared at Queen Mobs Teahouse shortly before her death in March 2017. Rural is an impossible book. Drop Leaf Press is bravely making it…

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October 2017

UW Bothell Fall Convergence Reading

October 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This annual event, co-sponsored by UW Bothell, features readings by Christian Bök, Jo Cook, and Joe Milutis. About the theme, from UW Bothell: “This Fall Convergence will focus on SPECULATION and its many diverse dimensions. We are in a uniquely speculative moment—speculative fiction, speculative realism, and projective poetry mingle with futurisms of all manners, including speculation on the end of the world as such.  Across the domains of experimental writing and philosophy, the question of whether we can see ourselves in…

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WA129 Anthology Reading

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

This event celebrates the new WA129 Anthology curated by the Washington Poet Laureate Todd Marshall. Join us for short, rapid-fire readings by fifteen terrific local poets: 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!   As Washington State’s poet laureate for 2014-16, Elizabeth Austen taught workshops in each of Washington’s 39 counties, in venues including state parks, correctional facilities,…

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[Cancelled] Reading with Lindsay Hill & Nathaniel Tarn

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please note: This event has been cancelled This event features readings by the widely published West Coast poets Lindsay Hill and Nathaniel Tarn. Lindsay Hill was born in San Francisco and graduated from Bard College. Since 1974, he has published six books of poetry, including Contango and The Empty Quarter (both from Singing Horse Press), and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary journals. Sea of Hooks, his first novel, was published by McPherson & Company in…

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Reading with Julie Carr & Lisa Olstein

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

Join us for readings by Julie Carr and Lisa Olstein! Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015). She is also the author of two prose works: Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2013) and Objects from a Borrowed Confession (Ahsahta, 2017). With Jeffrey Robinson she is the co-editor of Active Romanticism (University…

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

October 9 @ 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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