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April 2017
April
28

[Offsite] Hugo House Reading with Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne & Jamaica Baldwin

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10 General | $5 student or Hugo House member A limited supply of free tickets for those that need them will be available at the door on a first come first served basis.  Hugo House poet-in-residence Anastacia Tolbert guest curates a special evening of readings featuring Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lauren K. Alleyne, and Jamaica Baldwin. Kahakauwila is the author of the stunning story collection, This is Paradise: Stories and is currently at work on her next book, a multi-generational novel about water…

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April
29

Seattle Bookstore Day

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country! This year, 19 indie bookstores in Seattle are celebrating with prizes, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, and the ambitious Bookstore Day Challenge. For more details on the day — including how to get 25% off for a year at Open Books! — visit the Seattle Bookstore Day Facebook Page.   Here’s how Open Books is celebrating Indie Bookstore Day 2017. Join us!   Extended hours We’re…

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April
30

African-American Writers’ Alliance Reading

April 30 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a fabulous afternoon of poems, featuring readings by six esteemed 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…

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May 2017
May
02

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Carl Phillips Reading

May 2 @ 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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May
02

[Offsite] Raising Lilly Ledbetter Reading

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

We will be selling books at this exciting Town Hall event! Location: Downstairs at Town Hall Cost: $5 Doors open at 6:30PM In 2007, Lilly Ledbetter took her employment discrimination suit against Goodyear to the U.S. Supreme Court. They decided against her, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench and urged Ledbetter to continue her fight. In January 2009, Ledbetter’s efforts resulted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Obama’s first legislative act after taking office.…

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May
05

Reading & Conversation with Rae Armantrout

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re thrilled to be hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout for this very special evening of poetry and discussion. Rae will read from two new collections: Partly (Wesleyan 2016) and Entanglements (Wesleyan 2017), as well as participate in a discussion around her new EP Conflation (2017) released on vinyl by Fonograf Records. Our moderator for the evening will be Jeanne Heuving.   Rae Armantrout has published 13 books of poetry. Entanglements, a chapbook of poems inspired by physics, came out…

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May
09

Reading with Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk & Sarah Dowling

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading by terrific poets Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, and Sarah Dowling!   Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry…

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May
10

Reading with Sienna Meadow Burnett & Joshua Nguyen

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an incredible night of poetry performances by Sienna Meadow Burnett and Joshua Nguyen. Sienna Meadow Burnett is a queer femme actor, musician, & nationally touring Spoken Word Artist based out of Seattle, Washington. She is the author of ocean poems, and other living things.  Sienna was a finalist poet at the Texas Grand Slam 2015 & the Great Plains Poetry Pile Up 2015. Her writing & performance aim to dismantle conventional gender binaries & deconstruct patriarchal norms all while…

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May
12

Reading with Kaveh Akbar, Jennifer S. Cheng & Paige Lewis

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, we’re welcoming from out of town three of today’s most exciting emerging poets—Kaveh Akbar (Calling a Wolf a Wolf, forthcoming from Alice James), Jennifer S. Cheng (House A, Omnidawn Press), and Paige Lewis (Reasons to Wake You, forthcoming from Tupelo Press). Our moderator for the evening will be local poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (Water & Salt, Red Hen Press). Come early and grab a seat; this is a reading you definitely do not want to miss.   Kaveh Akbar…

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May
13

Drop Leaf Press Reading

May 13 @ 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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