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March 2018
March
30

Reading with Stephen Corey

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

Join us for a reading by poet, writer, and editor, Stephen Corey! Stephen Corey has published ten collections of poems, most recently There Is No Finished World (White Pine Press, 2003), and his first essay collection—Startled at the Big Sound: Essays Personal, Literary, and Cultural—was released in early 2017 by Mercer University Press. He has co-edited four books in three genres, including (with Warren Slesinger) Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001), as well as Stories Wanting Only to Be…

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March
31

Reading with Dan Kaplan, Bill Carty & Kary Wayson

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

Dan Kaplan is celebrating the publication of a new collection Instant Killer Wig (Spuyten Duyvil). He’ll be joined at this reading by two terrific local poets, Bill Carty and Kary Wayson. Dan Kaplan is the author of Instant Killer Wig (Spuyten Duyvil, March 2018), Bill’s Formal Complaint (The National Poetry Review Press, 2008), and the bilingual chapbook SKIN (Red Hydra Press, 2005). His work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, VOLT, Denver Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Washington Square, the anthology Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.), and elsewhere. He is managing editor and poetry…

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April 2018
April
01

Reading with Zeina Hashem Beck & Chelsea Jennings

April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for readings by Zeina Hashem Beck and Chelsea Jennings! Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks: 3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a smith|doortop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first book, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has…

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April
06

Reading with Amy Glynn & Garrett Hongo

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

Join us for readings by tremendous poets Amy Glynn and Garrett Hongo! Amy Glynn is an multi-genre writer whose poetry appears widely in journals and anthologies including The Best American Poetry. Her first collection, A Modern Herbal, was published by Measure Press; her second, Romance Language, is forthcoming. She is a two-time James Merrill House fellow and has won the SPUR Award of the Association of Western Writers, Poetry Northwest‘s Carlyn Kizer Award and the Literal Latte Essay Award. She lives…

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April
07

Reading with Rebecca Hoogs & Megan Levad

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

Join us for readings by Rebecca Hoogs and Megan Levad! Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin University Press) which was a finalist for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry, and a chapbook, Grenade (GreenTower Press). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Florida Review, Cincinnati Review, and others. She won the 2010 Southeast Review poetry contest and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Artist Trust of Washington State.…

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April
08

PR for Poets: a Talk by Jeannine Hall Gailey

April 8 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Jeannine Hall Gailey talks about the basics of book promotion and publicity for poets! Topics include what to expect when you get your book accepted, planning a book launch, social media musts, and more. Special topics such as “how to promote a book if I’m an introvert?” and “how do I promote my book with a disability or chronic illness?” will be addressed. Her new book, PR for Poets from Two Sylvias Press, will be available for purchase at Open…

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April
08

Youth Poetry Open Mic—Welcoming National Poetry Month!

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

Join us for an open mic night! Youth poets will share their work, unapologetically, with Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, Lily Baumgart. This event is free, and open to the public, and for youth writers who’ve read zero, ten, or 100 times before! Come for this celebration of youth voice, and consider sharing your work in honor of National Poetry Month! Learn about the Youth Poet Laureate program from Lily, and paper applications for the this year’s new Seattle Youth Poet…

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April
15

Examining Our Earth Through Poems

April 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Common Acre and Open Books for an evening of poetry and discussion about what environmentalism looks like and how it intersects with other injustices faced today. The event organizer and host is Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Lily Baumgart. Readers include Aisha Al-Amin, Quenton Baker, Namaka Auwee-Dekker, and Sierra Nelson. After hearing the words of these incredible writers, the evening will open up into a discussion ranging from what actions everyone can take to personal experiences to a cool plant you…

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April
20

Reading with Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordon & Andrea Rexilius

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for readings by Eric Baus, Noah Eli Gordon, and Andrea Rexilius! Eric Baus is the author of four books of poetry, including The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights 2014). A new book, How I Became a Hum, is forthcoming from Octopus in 2018. He is on the faculty at Regis University’s Mile High MFA program in Denver.   Noah Eli Gordon lives in Denver and is an associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches courses in poetry, nonfiction, and publishing for their…

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April
22

Poetry y traducción: A Bilingual Reading with Eugenia Toledo, Claudia Castro Luna & Francisco Aragón

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Seattle-based poets Eugenia Toledo and Claudia Castro Luna will be joined by visiting poet Francisco Aragón to read their poetry. A colloquium on the role of Spanish and translation in their work will follow, moderated by poet and translator Carolyne Wright. A San Francisco native, Francisco Aragón is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1998 after a decade in Spain, Aragón completed graduate degrees in creative writing from UC Davis and the University of Notre Dame. In 2003 he joined the faculty of…

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