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March 2017
March
10

Book Launch for Kevin Craft’s latest collection, Vagrants & Accidentals

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

We’re thrilled to be hosting the book launch for Kevin Craft’s second full-length collection Vagrants & Accidentals (University of Washington Press 2016). This event will include a reading by Kevin Craft, as well as a reading by Portland poet Jessica Johnson. Come join the celebration, hear some beautiful poems, and stick around afterward to get your very own signed copy of Vagrants & Accidentals. Kevin Craft‘s books include Vagrants & Accidentals (University of Washington Press 2017), Solar Prominence (Cloudbank Books, 2005), and five volumes of the anthology Mare Nostrum, an…

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March
11

Chapbook Launch for Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s Arab in Newsland, winner of the Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize, chosen by January Gill O’Neil

March 11 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening of poems at the book launch of Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s new chapbook, Arab in Newsland, Winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. Poet Peggy Shumaker writes about Lena’s new book: Whenever she turns on the “never good news,” Lena Khalaf Tuffaha sees her relatives in Syria, Jordan, and Palestine in pain and turmoil. She sees beloved cities blasted to rubble. She knows that ‘when darkness arrives the blue glow / of screens will bring you no…

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March
14

[Offsite] Ask the Oracle with Melissa Febos, Elissa Washuta, & Quenton Baker

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re excited to sell Quenton Baker’s book This Glittering Republic (Willow Books) at this Ask the Oracle event, co-sponsored by Hugo House and Hotel Sorrento. Come early, write your most burning questions down, and a panel of writers will divine your fate by choosing a random passage from their respective books. Hosted by poet Johnny Horton. Tonight’s writer-oracles are Melissa Febos, author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, and the forthcoming essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury, 2017); Seattle-based writer Elissa…

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March
17

LiTFUSE Poets read from the POETS UNiTE! Anthology

March 17 @ 7:00 pm

LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop’s 10-year anthology, Poets UNiTE! (Cave Moon Press, 2016), features 180 pages of poetry from LiTFUSE students and faculty, as well as photography and art from the annual Mighty Tieton event (www.litfuse.us). All contributors are welcome to show up and read their poem from the anthology. In addition, we will feature four LiTFUSIANs: Alice Derry, retired Penninsula State College creative writing professor, author of four full collections of poetry – Tremelo (Red Hen Press, 2012), Strangers to their…

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March
18

Gramma Reading with Sarah Galvin & Christine Shan Shan Hou

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

Join us in celebrating these two wonderful new collections from Gramma Press: Ugly Time by Sarah Galvin and Community Garden for Lonely Girls by Christine Shan Shan Hou. This event will feature readings by both poets. Praise for Ugly Time: “At a time in America when the beautiful people are proudly wearing their hideous insides on the outside, it’s important to explore the truly absurd. That’s what Sarah Galvin does with scathing humor and warm integrity in Ugly Time. Her…

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March
19

Italian Poetry through Tarot

March 19

Join poet Emily Beyer for a variety of events that explore Italian poetry and tarot cards. Day-long Activities: During business hours, from 12-4 pm, patrons are invited to explore our recommended Italian poetry on the shelves, as well as engage in tarot writing activities. Tarot Readings: From 2-3pm, Emily will provide 15 minute tarot readings. Readings will be $30. Italian Poetry and Tarot Writing Class: From 4-6pm, Emily will teach a course that pulls from Italian poems to connect you to selected tarot cards. The course cost is…

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March
19

Reading with Katie Ford

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading by the amazing Katie Ford! Katie Ford is the author of Deposition, Colosseum, and Blood Lyrics, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Rilke Prize. Colosseum was named among the “Best Books of 2008” by Publishers Weekly and the Virginia Quarterly Review and led to a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Prize. The New Yorker, The Norton Introduction to Literature, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, and The American…

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March
24

Reading with Diane Raptosh & Tina Schumann

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

Join us for an incredible night of poetry, featuring readings by Diane Raptosh (Human Directional, 2016) and Tina Schumann (Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues, 2016). Diane Raptosh‘s fourth book of poetry, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press) was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) as well as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence…

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March
26

Winnie-the-Pooh Story Time with Billie Swift

March 26 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Kids of all ages are invited to join us on the last Sunday of every month for Winnie-the-Pooh Story Time! This month’s featured reader will be our very own Billie Swift.

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March
26

[Offsite] Geoffrey Nutter: Cities at Dawn

March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

At this event, co-presented with Wave Books and Hugo House, poet Geoffrey Nutter will give a reading from Cities at Dawn (Wave Books, 2016) and other poems. The reading takes place at The Fireside Room at Hotel Sorrento. Nutter also leads a half-day generative poetry class on March 25, Twenty Poems in a Day, a Wallson Glass Poetry Seminar. Registration is open to writers of all levels. Praise for Cities at Dawn: “Though its tone is almost always calmly descriptive, whatever…

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