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June 2017

Reading with Alessandra Lynch & Pimone Triplett

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a terrific night of poetry by Alessandra Lynch and Pimone Triplett! Alessandra Lynch was raised North of New York City. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, and other journals. Currently, she is living in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, working on her second collection of poetry, and teaching creative writing…

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Book Launch: Crysta Casey’s Rules for Walking Out

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

Please join us for the release of beloved Seattle poet Crysta Casey’s long-anticipated third collection, Rules for Walking Out (Cave Moon Press 2017), the last manuscript Crysta completed and approved before her death at the Seattle VA in the spring of 2008. Guest readers include Phoebe Bosche, Kathleen Flenniken, Carol Guess, and Corrina Wycoff.   Crysta Casey (1952-2008) was born in Pasadena, California. In 1978, she enlisted in the all-new voluntary military, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as a…

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Generative Workshop: The Pliable Prose Poem with Amelia Martens

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a 2-hour generative workshop on the prose poem, led by visiting author Amelia Martens! Subversive, surreal, fable, postcard, polaroid, box: the prose poem can be illusive and magically accessible. Instead of trying to pin down this hybrid form, we will examine several manifestations to expand our notion of what is possible. We’ll play with appearance, discover potential source materials, and generate our own poems that bridge the ordinary and the extraordinary. Open to writers of all levels, ages…

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Reading with Jacques Rancourt & E. J. Koh

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for this reading featuring the terrific poets Jacques Rancourt and E. J. Koh! E. J. Koh is the recipient of the 2016 Pleiades Press Editors Prize for her forthcoming collection of poems A Lesser Love. Her 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 Program. She earned her…

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Reading with Kelle Grace Gaddis & Tammy Robacker

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a reading by the terrific poets Kelle Grace Gaddis (My Myths, Yellow Chair Press) and Tammy Robacker (Villian Songs, ELJ Editions)! Yellow Chair Press published Kelle Grace Gaddis’s poetry and fiction collection, My Myths, in December of 2016. Other recently published works appear in Dispatches Editions Resist Much / Obey Little, Vending Machine Presses Very Fine Writing, The Till, Five Willows Poetry Review, The Hessler Street Fair Anthology, LOLX, Moonlight Dreamers of the Yellow Haze, BlazeVOX in BlazeVOX15, The New Independents Magazine, Thirteen Myna Birds Journal, Knot Literary Magazine, Entropy, Writing For Peace, Dove Tales: The…

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August 2017

Reading with Melissa Dickey, Andy Stallings & Jay Thompson

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for readings by these three incredible poets!

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[Offsite] Anastacia Reneé Tolbert Reading

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At this event, former Hugo House writer-in-residence Anastacia-Reneé will read from her three (yes, three!) new books: (v.) (Gramma), Forget It (Black Radish Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks-Argus Press). Celebrate and hear poetry from all these collections, plus readings from special guests. In (v.), Anastacia-Reneé uses a reimagined alphabet to take on “everything from love to cancer, monsters, growing up, growing into our bodies, and the ways in which even our bodies are not our own…These poems are stories of…

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Reading with Hoa Nguyen

August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Details: TBD

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September 2017

Reading with Carolina Ebeid & Charif Shanahan

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re so excited to welcome to Seattle these two remarkable debut poets! At this event, Carolina Ebeid (You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior, Noemi Press) and Charif Shanahan (Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, SIU Press) will read original work and hang out afterward to sign books.   Carolina Ebeid is a the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press, 2016). She is a student in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Denver,…

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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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