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October 2019
Oct
31

Haunted Verse Open Mic

October 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us this Halloween for an afternoon open mic as we commune with poets (from Poe to Plath to Notley) who haunt us and take us to the great beyond. Bring a work by one of your favorites to share or find something within the shelves of Open Books. Local poets Samar Abulhassan and Sierra Nelson will help us get things started!

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November 2019
Nov
01

Reading with Scott Cairns

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading with Scott Cairns Friday November 1st at 7pm!   Scott Cairns is the author of nine books of poetry, including Idiot Psalms, Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems, and his latest, Anaphora: New Poems. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing. Besides writing poetry, Cairns has also written a spiritual memoir, Short Trip to…

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Nov
02

Poetry Northwest 60th Anniversary Reading

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Poetry Northwest celebrates its 60th anniversary at Open Books in Seattle on November 2, at 7 p.m. Join editors and staff in welcoming four favorite poets with recent work in the journal: Michael Bazzett, Laura Read, Kathryn Smith, and Ryo Yamaguchi.   Michael Bazzett is a poet, teacher, & translator. The recipient of a fellowships from the NEA, he’s the author of three collections of poetry, including You Must Remember This (Milkweed Editions, 2014), winner of the Linquist & Vennum…

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Nov
08

Reading with Jeff Alessandrelli, Kary Wayson, Shelby Handler & Woogee Bae

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

Join us for an evening of poetry with Jeff Alessandrelli, Kary Wayson, Shelby Handler & Woogee Bae on Friday November 8th at 7pm! Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length poetry collections THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST (2014) and Fur Not Light (2019), both from Burnside Review Press. He’s additionally the author of a short poetic biography of the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie entitled Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press; 2011), a short essay collection focusing…

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Nov
15

UW Bothell Reading Series

November 15 @ 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. This month’s event will also celebrate the launch of the ecopoetics journal, Snail Trail,…

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Nov
17

Reading with José Olivarez & Michael Haeflinger

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

Join us for an evening of poetry with José Olivarez and Michael Haeflinger on Sunday, November 17th, at 5pm! José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in…

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Nov
21

[Offsite] SAL Presents: Mary Ruefle

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry with Mary Ruefle on Thursday November 21st at 7:30 pm! This event takes place at Seattle Central College—Broadway Performance Hall. This event is part of Seattle Art’s & Lectures Poetry Series. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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Nov
23

Reading with Elizabeth Bradfield & John James

November 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us Saturday, November 23rd for readings with Elizabeth Bradfield and John James! Writer/naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the poetry collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work and Toward Antarctica, which combines her photographs with brief, hybrid essays. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere. Winner of the Audre Lorde Prize from the Publishing Triangle, finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, her awards also include a Stegner Fellowship and…

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Nov
29

[Offsite at Hugo House] Reading with Kaveh Akbar, Paige Lewis, Billie Swift & Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

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

Join us at Hugo House for a reading featuring Kaveh Akbar, Paige Lewis, Billie Swift, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha! Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. His second full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, will be published by Graywolf in 2021. His debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out now. Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low residency MFA programs at Randolph…

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Nov
30

Poetry for Lost Species

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

Join us for a poetry reading in remembrance and honor of lost and endangered species. Remembrance Day for Lost Species, November 30th, is a chance each year to explore stories of extinct and critically endangered species, cultures, lifeways, and ecological communities. In Washington State alone, 32 species of plants and animals are federally listed as endangered. Since 1960, three dozen species have become extinct in North America. A recent United Nations report found around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than…

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