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January 2020

An Evening of Feminist Speculative Poetry

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

This special themed reading features performances by Jeannine Hall Gailey, Lesley Wheeler, and more. Jessica Rae Bergamino is the author of UNMANNED, winner of Noemi Press 2017 Poetry Prize, as well as chapbooks from Sundress Publications and dancing girl press. She lives in Seattle, WA.   Jeannine Hall Gailey served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She’s the author of five books of poetry, including her most recent, Field Guide to the End of the World (Moon City Press). Her work has appeared…

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[Offsite at Hugo House] Book Launch: Black Imagination by Natasha Marin

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In 2016, poet and interdisciplinary artist Natasha Marin launched Reparations, a global conceptual art experiment. In 2020, she sets free Black Imagination—Black Voices on Black Futures (McSweeney’s, 2020). Part oral history, part poetry, all imagination, Marin gathers thirty-six essential voices in this collection, which we’ll be celebrating this evening with readings from the book and thought-provoking conversations between curator and contributors. This event will take place at Hugo House. About the Book “Witnessing is sacred work too. Seeing ourselves as whole…

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[Offsite at Hugo House] Sherwin Bitsui & Elee Kraljii Gardiner

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at Hugo House for an exploration of boundaries and borderlands, distance and dissonance with acclaimed Diné poet Sherwin Bitsui, author of Dissolve (Copper Canyon, 2018) and Canadian writer Elee Kraljii Gardiner, author of Trauma Head (Anvil Press, 2018). Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry, Dissolve, Flood Song, and Shapeshift. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and the PEN Book Award. His poems have appeared in Narrative, Black Renaissance…

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February 2020

[Offsite at Hugo House] SAL Presents: Paisley Rekdal

February 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry with Paisley Rekdal on Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 pm! This event takes place at Hugo House, located at 1634 11th Avenue. Please note that this is a different location than the one originally listed for this event! Tickets and more information can be found here. Paisley Rekdal is a Seattle-born poet whose latest book—Nightingale (2019)— radically rewrites and contemporizes many of the myths central to Ovid’s epic, The Metamorphoses, examining personal transformation…

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Poems from Girlhood with Heidi Seaborn, Jane Wong, Michelle Peñaloza & Veronica Golos

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

This reading features four tremendous poets writing on themes of girls and girlhood: Heidi Seaborn, Jane Wong, Michelle Peñaloza, and Veronica Golos.

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[Offsite] Bagley Wright Lecture: Renee Gladman

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

This lecture will take place at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Garden. In this lecture, Renee Gladman will wander through the writing of the four novels of her Ravicka series, examining the deeper science behind two architectural phenomena that characterize the city-state: migrating buildings and invisible structures. The lecture will conclude with the premiere of a sound piece, specifically commissioned for this project, composed and performed by Mauricio Pauly. Author of the poetry collection A Picture-Feeling (2005), Renee Gladman has…

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Gamut: UW Bothell Reading Series

February 21 @ 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.

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Chapbook Release Party: C. R. Grimmer & Friends

February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the publication of O—(ezekiel’s wife), a chapbook by poet C. R. Grimmer, with readings by the author, Ching-In Chen, Patrick Milian, and Abi Pollokoff! O—(ezekiel’s wife) is a collection of poems by C.R. Grimmer. The print version is accompanied by the artwork series “Hewn Fruit” by Colleen Burner. This reading celebrates the release of the audiobook version, which is a collaboration with Digital Sound Artist Judy Twedt. Come join us to read, get some prints of the…

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March 2020

[Postponed: New Date TBA] World Poetry Day Celebration

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

***This event has been postponed. New date: TBA*** This year, World Poetry Day will be celebrated and marked worldwide by the UNESCO Cities of Literature. We’re proud to be hosting Seattle’s event, which will feature readings by Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith and Youth Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee on the theme of “the environment.” This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and Seattle City of Literature. Thanks to…

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April 2020

[Postponed: New Date TBA] Reading with Woogee Bae, Sarah A. Chavez, Sarah Mangold, Sarah Rosenthal & Valerie Witte

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

***This reading has been postponed. New date: TBA*** Join us for a reading that features five terrific poets! Sarah Rosenthal, Valerie Witte, Sarah A. Chavez, Sarah Mangold, and Woogee Bae will share original work. Woogee Bae writes poems and edits the ecopoetics journal Snail Trail. She received her MFA from the University of Washington Bothell. Her writing can be found in P-QUEUE, Poetry Northwest, Small Po[r]tions, Tagvverk, and elsewhere.   Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central…

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