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September 2018

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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COAST|noCOAST Simulcast Release Reading

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

Location: Open Books (Seattle) / Midwestern Press (Cincinnati) Naomi Beeman, Erica Martz, Erin L. McCoy, Sierra Nelson, and Jay Aquinas Thompson will be reading live in Seattle, and cris cheek, Keith Tuma, Tyrone Williams, and Harris Wheeler will be Skyped in (technology permitting) from Cincinnati. Naomi Beeman is the Development Writing and Research Manager at The 5th Avenue Theatre by day and experimental prose writer by night. She spent ten years teaching modern through contemporary interdisciplinary humanities courses and German language at five universities…

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Reading with Melissa Stein, Sarah Galvin & Robert Lashley

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

Fall has fallen! Why not warm up the place with some poems sharing the theme HOT. Hot what? Well, with these poets, could be anything—heat wave, red hot, heat stroke, hot glue, hot sauce, hot dog, dead heat, hotcake, hot chocolate, hot toddy, hot tub, heat lightning—you’ll just have to come and see. Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible blooms (Copper Canyon Press, 2018) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty. Her work…

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Book Launch Reading with Rae Armantrout & Graham Foust

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, we’re celebrating new books by Rae Armantrout and Graham Foust. Come out to hear incredible poems from these two highly anticipated collections! Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, and Entanglements, (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), were published by Wesleyan University Press. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared…

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“Second Act” with Christine Deavel & J.W. (John) Marshall

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

Please join​ us to celebrate the publication of Vicinity/Memoryall, a play written by Christine Deavel and J.W. (John) Marshall, the former owners of Open Books. Vicinity/Memoryall follows two characters as they move through a disorientingly changing urban landscape, seeking a memorial to an act of violence that ​stained​ their culture. They share the stage with a character whose quirky personal stories speak lyrically to their ​effort​. Christine and John will read from their​ play and read pieces of other plays they admire. T​hey ​will discuss the process…

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New England Review at 40: An Anniversary Reading

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re celebrating 40 years of New England Review with readings by Rick Barot, Gabrielle Bates, Keetje Kuipers, Eric McMillan, Susan Rich, Martha Silano, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha! Rick Barot has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015), all published by Sarabande Books. Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award.  It was also a…

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