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January 2018

Book Launch Reading for Nancy Huang’s Favorite Daughter

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

Nancy Huang, coming all the way from New Hampshire, is celebrating the recent publication of her first book Favorite Daughter (Write Bloody Publishing), and she’ll be joined by terrific Pacific Northwest poets Cathy Linh Che, Paul Hlava, and Christopher Rose. Nancy Huang (黄洁) is a queer Chinese-American poet. She is a winner of the 2016 Write Bloody Poetry contest, an Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize, a James F. Parker Award in Poetry, a 2015 YoungArts Finalist prize, and more. She has received fellowships…

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February 2018

Reading from Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse

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

Join us for a reading from the new anthology Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017) as we hear from local contributors Kelli Russell Agodon, Jennifer Bullis, Susan J. Erickson, Susan Rich, Martha Silano, Judith Skillman and Carolyne Wright. “This timely collection of poems speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations.…

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[Offsite] SAL Poetry Series: Gregory Orr

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

Gregory Orr, the author of more than ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, criticism, and memoir, is a master of brevity and the personal lyric. Critic Hank Lazer observes: “From Burning the Empty Nests to the present, Orr gradually developed the ability to fuse his incredible skill at visual precision—the signature of his image-based work in his very first book—with an insistent musical quality, joining visual precision with a beauty of sound.” As a twelve-year-old boy, Orr accidentally…

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Reading with Natalie Graham & Brittany Perham

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

Natalie Graham and Brittany Perham are celebrating new books, and we’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to hear them read from these incredible, award-winning collections. A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review, and Southern Humanities Review; and her articles have appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition. She is a Cave Canem fellow…

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Reading with Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs & Mare Blocker

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for poetry readings by Gabriella Gutiérres y Muhs and Mare Blocker! Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is the author of several books including being first editor of the revolutionary Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. She has authored multiple articles, poetry collections, encyclopedia entries and in 2015 was awarded the Provost’s Inaugural Award for Scholarship, Research and Creativity at Seattle University, she also recently served as the Director for the Center for the Study of Justice in Society.  Her…

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Sunday After SAL: Discussion on Gregory Orr

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

At this event, Open Books Poet-in-Residence Lena Khalaf Tuffaha will lead us in discussing the work and recent SAL performance of renown poet Gregory Orr. Lena Khalaf Tuffaha  is a poet, writer, and translator. She is the winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize for Arab in Newsland, and the author of Water & Salt, a book of poems from Red Hen Press published in April 2017. Gregory Orr, the author of more than ten collections of poetry and several volumes of essays,…

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Reading with Stephanie Burt

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  We’re thrilled to be hosting a reading by one of today’s most exciting poets and critics, Stephanie Burt! Stephanie Burt, also published under the name Stephen, is the author of the poetry collections Advice from the Lights (Graywolf Press, 2017), Belmont (Graywolf Press, 2013), and Parallel Play (Graywolf Press, 2006). Burt’s books of criticism include The Poem Is You (Harvard Unviersity Press, 2016); Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard University Press, 2010); and Popular Music (Center for…

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Reading with Sharon Bryan & July Westhale

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading by the terrific poets Sharon Bryan and July Westhale! Sharon Bryan’s most recent books are Sharp Stars and Flying Blind. She received two NEA’s for her work, and a Governor’s Award and Artist Trust grant from the State of Washington. She is on the faculty of the Lesley low-residency MFA in Creative Writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts.     July Westhale is the author of Trailer Trash (2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic…

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Chapbook Launch Reading for Xandria Phillips’s Reasons for Smoking

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re giddy to be hosting this reading in celebration of Xandria Phillips’s newly released chapbook Reasons for Smoking (The Seattle Review / Paper Hammer), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. Joining Xandria Phillips for the evening will be Quenton Baker and Sarah Maria Medina. Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, Poetry Northwest,…

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Poetry Workshop with Xandria Phillips

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop, led by Chicago-based poet Xandria Phillips, will focus on “un-grammar / marring language and the emotional resonance of sound.” Xandria Phillips is the author of Reasons For Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest judged by Claudia Rankine. She hails from rural Ohio where she was raised on corn, and inherited her grandmother’s fear of open water. Xandria received her BA from Oberlin College, and her MFA from Virginia Tech. Xandria is Winter Tangerine’s associate poetry…

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