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November 2017

Reading with Victoria Chang & Kelli Russell Agodon

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re thrilled to be hosting poets Victoria Chang, author of the new collection Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press), and Kelli Russell Agodon for what is sure to be a tremendous evening of poetry! Victoria Chang‘s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss, was published by McSweeney’s and won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle.  She also edited an anthology, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, American Poetry…

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December 2017

9 Ounces: A One-Woman Show by Anastacia-Renee

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - December 2 @ 7:00 pm

There will be two performances of 9 Ounces at Open Books: one on Friday, December 1 at 7:00 pm and one on Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 pm. About 9 Ounces: In this gripping one-woman play, Anastacia-Renee embodies three major characters—Luna, Alice, and Saraphina—braiding their multigenerational stories into a crescendo of deeply affecting social commentary. This stunning piece of theater “unapologetically downward-dogs its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany.” Individual tickets are $25. Two tickets purchased together are $40. Click…

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Wisdom From Alice, Luna & Saraphina: A Workshop with Anastacia-Renee

December 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am

In this all-genre-inclusive writing workshop, we will write three short pieces heavily influenced by the outspoken, intergenerational characters in Anastacia-Renee’s one-woman play 9 Ounces. Be prepared to write, share, laugh, cry, and explore what it means to take creative-activist risks in your writing while shaping or finding your own multilayered voice. *Supplies provided *All genres and levels of writers welcome * No previous knowledge of 9 Ounces necessary to participate. Pre-registration required. $25 per person, $10 for students. Register on our…

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An Evening of Poetry Curated by Anastacia-Renee

December 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé has invited an incredible line-up of local writers—poets and non-poets alike—to join her for what promises to be a wonderful evening of poetry. Anastacia-Reneé is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press) and her poetry, prose and fiction have…

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[Offsite] Poetry Across the Nations: An Indigenous Reading

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event takes place at Fred Wildlife Refuge (128 Belmont Ave East) | Doors open at 6:30 pm | free Hugo House is pleased to partner with Poetry Foundation for Poetry Across the Nations, a series in its pilot year that aims to make intercultural and intertribal interactions more possible. This community reading showcases a diversity of local and national Native poets. Emceed by Natalie Diaz, the event will include readings from Celeste Adame, Laura Da’, Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Foerster, Casandra Lopez, Sara Ortiz, and Cedar Sigo. Celeste Adame,…

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January 2018

[Offsite] Sherman Alexie Loves: Nikki Giovanni

January 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event takes place at Benaroya Hall \ Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall and is Co-Presented by The Seattle Times.  “Sherman Alexie Loves” is a three-part series curated and hosted by Seattle’s favorite novelist, poet, playwright, and children’s author, Sherman Alexie, and highlighting authors he loves and champions. “I think I was lucky because I was always sniffling. Colds; allergies; something or another. Which meant I got to stay home from school a lot. Which meant I could read the books that…

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February 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Gregory Orr

February 7, 2018 @ 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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Sunday After SAL: Discussion on Gregory Orr

February 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

We’re delighted to announce a new discussion group, which we’re calling Sunday After SAL. Stay tuned for more details!

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Chapbook Launch Reading for Xandria Phillips’s Reasons for Smoking

February 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re giddy to be hosting this reading in celebration of Xandria Phillips’s newly released chapbook Reasons for Smoking (The Seattle Review / Paper Hammer), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. Joining Xandria Phillips for the evening will be Quenton Baker and Sarah Maria Medina. Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, Poetry Northwest,…

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March 2018

[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Tyehimba Jess

March 4, 2018 @ 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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