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November 2018

2018 Jack Straw Writers Reading

November 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This reading features 2018 Jack Straw Writers Kamari Bright, Jalayna Carter, Bryan Edenfield, Corbin Louis, and Dujie Tahat. It will be hosted by 2018 Curator Daemond Arrindell. Operating with the belief that everything she creates is intended to foster understanding of self and surroundings, Kamari Bright is a poet whose work heavily reflects those themes. Recently she has been focused on introspection from a personal and societal standpoint, brought on by observations of societal shifts, losses of loved ones, and assimilation pressures.…

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December 2018

Reading with Laura Read, Maya Zeller & Elizabeth Austen

December 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading featuring poets Laura Read, Maya Zeller, and Elizabeth Austen! Laura Read‘s chapbook The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You won the Floating Bridge Chapbook Award in 2010, and her first full-length collection, Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral, was chosen as the winner of the AWP/Donald Hall Prize for Poetry by Dorianne Laux in 2011 and published in 2012 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her second collection, Dresses from the Old Country, will be published by BOA in October of 2018.…

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January 2019

Tiny Boxes, Teeming (2-Part Class) with Carol Guess

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This two-part class will take place at Open Books on January 20 and 27, 10:00 am – noon. Compression forces us to choose wisely, to winnow, to do without. Simultaneously, we celebrate what remains and the surprise that emerges. This two-part course will incorporate strategies for compressing narrative or lyric text into prose poetry. We’ll read samples of brilliant compressed prose poems, practice writing exercises, and read our work aloud or in pairs. There will be homework between the first…

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Reading with Alicia Jo Rabins & Jay Aquinas Thompson

January 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for readings by Jay Aquinas Thompson and Alicia Jo Rabins! Jay Aquinas Thompson is a poet, essayist, and educator with recent or forthcoming work in The Oakland Review, COAST | NoCOAST, Big Big Wednesday, The Spectacle, Full Stop, Fog Machine, Denver Quarterly, and Poetry Northwest, where he’s a contributing editor. He’s been awarded grants and fellowships from the Community of Writers, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and 4Culture. He lives with his family in Seattle, where he teaches creative writing to incarcerated women. Alicia Jo Rabins is a…

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The Space of a Page: Cedar Sigo & Hailey Higdon

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, two terrific poets join to read work from their latest books and pay homage to the poet Joanne Kyger. Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. He studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. Sigo is the author of Royals (Wave Books, 2017), Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), and Stranger in Town(City Lights, 2010). Of his work, Ron Silliman writes, “Cedar Sigo is a Frank O’Hara for the 21st century: witty, erudite, serious, with a terrific…

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African-American Writers’ Alliance Reading

January 27 @ 4:30 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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February 2019

[SOLD OUT] [Workshop] Haiku on Steroids with Michael Dylan Welch

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kick off February’s National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) with a generative writing workshop led by Michael Dylan Welch. We’ll cover what haiku really IS, in North America and Japan, which is not what most people think it is (no, you don’t have to count syllables). Then, with that as a baseline, we’ll explore ways to break as many rules as we can. Taboo topics, concrete word arrangements, whatever you can think of. Exploring an imagistic focus with haiku can also…

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A Celebration of Gwen Head & Dragon Gate Press with Marlene Blessing, Sharon Bryan & Laura Jensen

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This event is a celebration of Gwen Head and Dragon Gate Press, featuring readings by Marlene Blessing, Sharon Bryan, and Laura Jensen.   Marlene Blessing served as the senior editor at Dragon Gate Press during the final three years of its active operation in the 1980s. She considers that time the most formative creative period of her 35 years of work in publishing. More than that, Gwen Head was her late husband’s publisher, her benefactress, and a dear friend of…

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[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Solmaz Sharif

February 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event will take place at Seattle Central Community College—Broadway Performance Hall and features the incredible poet Solmaz Sharif. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif is the author of the poetry collection LOOK (Graywolf Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award and the winner of the 2017 American Book Award for poetry.

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Reading with Rusty Morrison & Martha Ronk

February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for readings by Rusty Morrison and Martha Ronk! Rusty Morrison’s poems recently appeared in Colorado Review, Fence, Iowa Review; creative nonfiction at Entropy, Harriet. Her five books include After Urgency (Tupelo’s Dorset Prize) and the true keeps calm biding its story (Ahsahta’s Sawtooth Prize, Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin, Northern California Book Award, & PSA’s DiCastagnola Award ). Her recent Beyond the Chainlink (Ahsahta) was finalist for NCIB Award & NCB Award in Poetry). She’s co-founder and has been co-publisher of Omnidawn (www.omnidawn.com) since 2001. She has…

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