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August 2017

Reading with Melissa Dickey, Andy Stallings & Jay Aquinas Thompson

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for readings by these three incredible poets! Melissa Dickey is the author of Dragons (2016) and The Lily Will (2011), both from Rescue Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Sundog Lit, and KROnline. She lives in Deerfield, MA.             Andy Stallings lives and teaches at Deerfield Academy, in Western Massachusetts. His first book of poems, To the Heart of the World, came out with Rescue Press in 2014.…

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Reading with t’ai freedom ford, Bettina Judd & Imani Sims

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

Three tremendous poets, reading original work! t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in No, Dear, The African American Review, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a…

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Book Launch for Finn Menzies’s Brilliant Odyssey Don’t Yearn

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, we’ll be celebrating the publication of Finn Menzies’s debut collection Brilliant Odyssey Don’t Yearn (Fog Machine Press) with readings by the author, as well as special guest readers JM Miller and Melanie Noel. Brilliant Odyssey Don’t Yearn is a dream of the written body with one long poem as its vertebrae. Kaveh Akbar writes that this debut collection rises “with a vulnerability that is dexterous and rare.” Finn Menzies is an out transgender teacher in Seattle, WA. He received his MFA…

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Reading with Ana-Maurine Lara & Claudia F. Savage

August 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Ana-Maurine Lara, Ph.D., is a national award-winning poet and fiction writer. She is author of the fictional works Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press, 2006), When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones, 2011), and Watermarks and Tree Rings (Tanama Press) and the poetry manuscript Kohnjehr Woman  (RedBone Press, 2017). In 2015, she completed the first of her decade-long projects, Cantos, including her original poetry, with music composition by Martin Perna and original artwork by Youmna Chlala. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon. Claudia…

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Workshop & Reading with Hoa Nguyen

August 31 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“Divination is working with things to release the content and form of a future or fate, sometimes bringing up what we choose upon a conscious impulse, sometimes drawing the sorts by chance to bring a foreign element into action.”–Robert Duncan Workshop: Tarot as Entity Matrix (4:00 – 6:00 pm)* In this workshop we will engage the tarot as a living device or entity matrix to consult as we create. Join internationally renown poet and tarot adept Hoa Nguyen in this 2…

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September 2017

[Offsite] About Time Reading Series

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Join us at the Ballard Public Library for a craft talk by Billie Swift and poetry readings by Open Books employees Gabrielle Bates, Kym Littlefield, Alexander Moysaenko, Erin L. McCoy, and Abi Pollokoff! *Please note: Because all of our employees are participating in this event, we will be closing the store early (at 5:00 p.m.). Gabrielle Bates is a writer and visual artist from Birmingham, Alabama, currently living in Seattle, where she works at Open Books and serves on the editorial board of…

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Reading with Carolina Ebeid & Charif Shanahan

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re so excited to welcome to Seattle these two remarkable debut poets! At this event, Carolina Ebeid (You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior, Noemi Press) and Charif Shanahan (Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, SIU Press) will read original work and hang out afterward to sign books.   Carolina Ebeid is the author of You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press, 2016). She is a student in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Denver, and…

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Poetry Workshop with Carolina Ebeid

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this workshop, we will explore list-making as a way of bringing about new poems. We encounter lists every day, both sacred and mundane: to-do lists; top-ten lists; memorial lists of the dead; a list of names for flowers. Following the model of a small handful of writers, such as Sei Shonagon / Suzanne Buffam, Mary Ruefle, and Joe Brainard, we will make our own list-poems with the use of generative prompts.  These exercises will reveal how we put order…

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Reading with Amber Flame, Elaina Ellis & Roberto Ascalon

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At this event, three terrific poets—Amber Flame, Elaina Ellis, and Roberto Ascalon— perform original work. Roberto Ascalon Elaina Ellis lives in Bellingham, Washington. Her poems appear in Vinyl Poetry, Muzzle Magazine, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow and author of the poetry collection Write About an Empty Birdcage from Write Bloody Publishing. She holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and works as an editor at Copper Canyon Press.     Amber Flame is a writer, composer and…

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[Offsite] Book Launch: E. J. Koh’s A Lesser Love

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re excited to be a part of this book launch for E. J. Koh’s debut collection A Lesser Love, winner of 2016 Pleiades Press Editors Prize! The event will take place at Hugo House and feature several readers (TBA). E. J. Koh‘s poems, ​translations​, and stories have appeared in World Literature Today, Boston Review, TriQuarterly, Southeast Review, Columbia Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, SWARM, and others. She accepted fellowships at Kundiman, The MacDowell Colony, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Jack Straw Writers…

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