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May 2017

Reading & Conversation with Rae Armantrout

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re thrilled to be hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout for this very special evening of poetry and discussion. Rae will read from two new collections: Partly (Wesleyan 2016) and Entanglements (Wesleyan 2017), as well as participate in a discussion around her new EP Conflation (2017) released on vinyl by Fonograf Records. Our moderator for the evening will be Jeanne Heuving.   Rae Armantrout has published 13 books of poetry. Entanglements, a chapbook of poems inspired by physics, came out…

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Reading with Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk & Sarah Dowling

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading by terrific poets Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, and Sarah Dowling!   Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry…

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Reading with Sienna Meadow Burnett, Ander Lyon, & Joshua Nguyen

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

Join us for an incredible night of poetry performances by Sienna Meadow Burnett, Ander Lyon, and Joshua Nguyen. Sienna Meadow Burnett is a queer femme actor, musician, & nationally touring Spoken Word Artist based out of Seattle, Washington. She is the author of ocean poems, and other living things.  Sienna was a finalist poet at the Texas Grand Slam 2015 & the Great Plains Poetry Pile Up 2015. Her writing & performance aim to dismantle conventional gender binaries & deconstruct patriarchal norms…

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Reading with Kaveh Akbar, Jennifer S. Cheng & Paige Lewis

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

At this event, we’re welcoming from out of town three of today’s most exciting emerging poets—Kaveh Akbar (Calling a Wolf a Wolf, forthcoming from Alice James), Jennifer S. Cheng (House A, Omnidawn Press), and Paige Lewis (Reasons to Wake You, forthcoming from Tupelo Press). Come early and grab a seat; this is a reading you definitely do not want to miss.   Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares,…

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Drop Leaf Press Reading with Lehua Taitano & Tanya Holtland

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of Drop Leaf Press, featuring readings by two phenomenal Drop Leaf Press poets Lehua Taitano and Tanya Holtland. Drop Leaf Press is run by five women in San Francisco & Oakland, CA. The press encourages the hybrid and the caught ephemeral; seeks joineries of the unexpected and the overlooked; believes in flexibility and tactility. With each new voice, each new book, Drop Leaf Press creates space: it adds a leaf to the table, room for more. Each of Drop Leaf Press chapbook wields a…

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Joan Swift Memorial Celebration & Reading

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come celebrate Joan Swifts’s life and work with us. While you’re at it, bring along one of Joan’s poems or stories to read. Share your memories of Joan and what you admired most about her. On board to read are Tess Gallagher, Holly Hughes, and Esther Altshul Helfgott. Doug Johnson, publisher of Cave Moon Press, will emcee.

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[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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