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August 2018

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 slaver. 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 Russel 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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Reading with Norman Fischer, Catherine Bresner & Joshua Edwards

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a reading featuring poets Norman Fischer, Catherine Bresner & Joshua Edwards! Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. His latest poetry titles are the just-out serial poems Untitled Series: Life As It Is (Talisman House) and On a Train At Night (Presse Universite de Rouen et Havre). His latest prose works are What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind (Shambhala Press), and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion(University of Alabama Press). Joshua…

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Reading with Kevin Prufer & Megan Snyder-Camp

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a double-header of terrific poetry, featuring Kevin Prufer and Megan Snyder-Camp! Kevin Prufer is the author of seven books of poetry and the editor of numerous anthologies, the most recent of which is How He Loved Them (Four Way Books, 2018). Prufer is also Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: Literature in Context, Co-Curator of the Unsung Masters Series, and Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and the low-residency MFA at Lesley University. Among Prufer’s awards and honors are four Pushcart prizes…

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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

Demystifying the Submission Process: A Crash Course on Literary Journal Submitting & Publishing with Gabrielle Bates

October 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This four-session course will focus on the submitting and publishing process as it applies to literary journals. Whether you’re a longtime submitter looking for a bit more strategy and confidence, a poet who’s just recently begun submitting work, or someone who’s never submitted before but wants to start, these sessions are for you! While we can’t, of course, guarantee that every poem you submit after this course will get accepted for publication, we can promise you’ll leave with knowledge, strategies,…

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[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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Book Launch Reading for Obtuse Diary, Deborah Woodard’s translation of Amelia Rosselli

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

Please join translator Deborah Woodard for the book launch of her newest Amelia Rosselli translation, Obtuse Diary (Entre Ríos Books, 2018). Obtuse Diary is a collection of “rational” prose experiments by one of Italy’s most distinctive post-modern poets. These three early texts (1954-1968) by Amelia Rosselli reveal an “unintentional unity” through juxtapositions of form, languages, and syntactic structure. Neither a diary nor an autobiography, the texts are deeply personal, awkward and startling. “The three texts reveal that experimenting in prose…

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

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