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June 2019

[Offsite] WordsWest Garden Party

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Come help us celebrate (and say a bittersweet goodbye) to WordsWest, a reading series that has been lovingly curated for the last five years by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. This event will be outdoors at C&P Coffee Company, located at 512 California Ave SW, and feature readings by several remarkable WordsWest alums. We look forward to seeing you there!

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[Offsite] Book Launch: The World Is All That Does Befall Us by Thomas Walton

June 20 @ 6:30 pm

This event will take place at the Richard Hugo House.  Join us for the launch of Thomas Walton‘s new book, The World Is All That Does Befall Us (Ravenna Press, 2019), and a celebration of grief and Gertrude Stein. Readers include Thomas Walton, Amaranth Borsuk, John Burgess, and Nadine Antoinette Maestas. Ivory Smith will perform musical interpretations of Stein’s masterpiece Tender Buttons. Thomas Walton is the author of the lyric essay, The World Is All That Does Befall Us (Ravenna Press, 2019); a literary mosaic written…

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[Offsite] If You Want to See Something: Allen Ginsberg in Art & Action

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join an extraordinary lineup of poets, writers, and artists—including Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, Sadie Dupuis, Ryo Yamaguchi, Laura Da’, Andrew Schelling, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore—in celebrating the life and work of Allen Ginsberg, famed Beat poet and author of Howl. Staged performances of his poetry will be presented at Volunteer Park in conjunction with Geoffrey Farmer’s photographic installation piece, If You Want to See Something Look at Something Else (Allen Ginsberg 1926–1997). This event is presented in partnership with Western Bridge.

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Reading with Rae Armantrout & Ron Silliman

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for a night of poetry featuring Rae Armantrout and Ron Silliman! 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 in many anthologies and journals including Poetry, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, The Paris Review,…

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Reading with Dobby Gibson, Zachary Schomburg & Hajara Quinn

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

Join us for readings by Dobby Gibson, Zachary Schomburg & Hajara Quinn! Dobby Gibson is the author of Polar, which won the Alice James Award, Skirmish (Graywolf Press), and It Becomes You (Graywolf Press), which was shortlisted for the Believer Poetry Award. All three books were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. A new full-length collection, Little Glass Planet, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2019.     Zachary Schomburg is the author of 5 books of poetry including, most recently, Pulver…

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Dream Delivery Service Celebration with Mathias Svalina

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the closing of the Dream Delivery Service’s month in Seattle & to send the service on its way as it bicycles to Boise for its next step. Mathias will read a few of the 1,000 or so dreams he wrote for subscribers throughout the month of June. Mathias Svalina is the author of five books, most recently The Wine-Dark Sea from Sidebrow Books. He is an editor for Octopus Books & runs a Dream Delivery Service,…

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African-American Writers’ Alliance Reading

June 30 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a terrific afternoon of poems, featuring readings by members of the African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA). History of the 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…

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July 2019

[Offsite at Hugo House] Reading with Dana Levin & Natalie Scenters-Zapico

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at Hugo House for a reading featuring two tremendous poets: Dana Levin and Natalie Scenters-Zapico! Dana Levin’s poetry and essays have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Best American Poetry 2015, The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, and The Paris Review. Her fellowships and awards include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting…

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August 2019

[Offsite] Literaoke Book Launch: Michelle Peñaloza’s Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Come celebrate the release of Michelle Peñaloza’s debut full-length collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire! Several of Seattle’s greats—Anastacia Renee, Troy Osaki, Quenton Baker, Jane Wong, and more—will combine readings and karaoke into an extravaganza of entertainment and literary import. Please note that this is an offsite event, taking place at Massive Monkees Studio, 664 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and readings/performances will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.  See you there! Michelle Peñaloza is the…

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UW Bothell Reading Series

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Gamut is a quarterly literary series featuring readings by current students, alumni, and faculty of the University of Washington Bothell’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Poetics. The name refers to the program’s interdisciplinary nature, which encourages and challenges students to experiment between genres and mediums, resulting in a wide range of creative works. Curated by alum Woogee Bae (’19) and current students Matt Porter and Ashley Noelle. About this month’s Readers: Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist working at the intersection…

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