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May 2017

[Offsite] Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Matthew Rohrer

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event takes place at The Fireside Room at the Hotel Sorrento and is free to the public. Matthew Rohrer will give a short lecture, entitled “Poetry Is Not a Symbol,” followed by a dramatic performance from Rohrer’s forthcoming book, The Others (Wave Books), featuring guest readers Joshua Beckman and Rachel Kessler. The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry is a nonprofit that provides leading poets with the opportunity to explore in-depth their own thinking on the subject of poetry…

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Craft Talk: Ann Pancake

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At this event, local wonder Ann Pancake will give a craft talk titled “Throb and Hum, A Story’s Song:  Writing from Hearing Rather Than Thinking,” which addresses many fabulous questions. How does prose with music move a reader in ways prose with just a little cannot?  What kinds of listening might a prose writer cultivate on her way to making stories and essays from throb and hum?  What are the dangers and the pleasures of writing out of your ear and your body…

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A Reading with Donato Mancini & Doug Nufer

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

-Donato Mancini makes visual and procedural poetry, bookworks, and visual art. His books and chapbooks include Snowline (2015), his previous full-length book, Loitersack (New Star, 2014) Buffet World (2011), Fact ‘N’ Value (2011), Hell Passport no.22 (2008), Æthel (2007), 58 Free Coffees (2006), and Ligatures (2005). Notable exhibitions of Mancini’s visual artworks have included exhibitions through Artspeak, Western Front, Gallery Atsui, Malaspina Printmaker’s Society, and CSA. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of British Columbia. Doug Nufer…

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Reading with Robert Lashley & Gary Copeland Lilley

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

Join us for a reading by two terrific poets, both of which are celebrating new collections! Gary Copeland Lilley, who is also a wonderful musician, will be reading from The Bushman’s Medicine Show, just out from Lost Horse Press. Robert Lashley will be reading from his latest book Up South (Small Doggies Press 2017). A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review Of Books,  NAILED, GRAMMA,…

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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

Jacques Rancourt and E. J. Koh are emerging Pleiades Press authors whose poems have been published widely in the nation’s most prestigious journals. We’re thrilled to be hosting this event and can’t wait to hear them read from their work. 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…

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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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Launch & Reading: Poetic Map of Seattle with Claudia Castro Luna

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

Poetic Grid is a culmination of Claudia Castro Luna’s two-year Civic Poet residency. The map includes poems from a diverse range of citizens in every part of the city, many of which were collected during Castro Luna’s “The Poet Is In” program, a residency project with Seattle Public Library. This launch party will include readings by several of the project’s contributing authors: Lily Baumgart, Anna Balint, Nora Giron Dolce, Kerry Lusignan, Kilam Tel Aviv, Catalina Cantu, Julene Tripp Weaver, Bang Nguyen, Julio Torres, Alan Lau,…

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