Come celebrate the release of my debut full-length the collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, as several of Seattle poets join forces to combine readings and karaoke into an extravaganza of entertainment and literary import! Doors open at 6:30pm, and readings/performances will begin promptly at 7:00pm! The event will feature the literary (& musical) stylings of Anastacia Renee, Troy Osaki, Quenton Baker, Jane Wong and other special guests! This event is made possible through the community spirit and generosity of Pinoy Brown Box, Kultura Arts, Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. ♥ ♥ ♥ I've missed you Seattle!
Join the Seattle-based celebration(s!!!) for the launch of Michelle Peñaloza's FORMER POSSESSIONS OF THE SPANISH EMPIRE! The second of three readings, join us on August 11th for an afternoon in Beacon Hill with All Star Pinxy writers, Anis Gisele, Jen Soriano, and Dujie Tahat, at Estelita’s Justice Focused Community Bookstore & Library. These events are co-sponsored by Pinoy Brown Box and Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts to celebrate Pinxy writers in Seattle alongside Peñaloza’s collection. All events are free of charge.
Join the Seattle-based celebration(s!!!) for the launch of Michelle Peñaloza's FORMER POSSESSIONS OF THE SPANISH EMPIRE! The third of three readings, join us on August 12th for an evening in Capitol Hill with All Star Pinxy writers, Robert Francis Flor, Emily P. Lawsin, and Corina Zappia at Elliott Bay Book Company. These events are co-sponsored by Pinoy Brown Box and Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts to celebrate Pinxy writers in Seattle alongside Peñaloza’s collection. All events are free of charge.
Alex Walton was born in Seattle and lives in the Bay Area. Michelle Peñaloza used to live in Seattle and now lives in California. Bill Carty lives in Seattle and was conceived in San Diego. Does this matter? Find out on June 20 when they read their poems at Wolfman Books.
Alex Walton is currently a PhD student at UC Berkeley. He was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. Some recent work is available in I, The Claudius App, and the PEN America Poetry Series.
Michelle Peñaloza is author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, which won the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize and will be published in August 2019 by Inlandia Institute.
Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy, published in April 2019 by Octopus Books.
Somatic Poetry with March AiR Michelle Peñaloza.
Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St.
Taking a cue from CA Conrad’s (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals (find them at here), participants will engage in somatic poetry “rituals” to be mindful of the present moment and “reveal the creative viability of everything” around them. It’s spring! We’ll traipse together, using the city as our inspiration, to explore our outer and inner landscapes. This class is for folks who want to shake up their practice, write new work, and have fun!
Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts (PWEKA), a local Filipino American arts organization, will co-sponsor with Elliott Bay Bookstore the book launch of Robert Francis Flor's poetry chapbook "Alaskero Memories" on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 at 7 p.m. Flor's chapbook recounts his coming of age during the four summers he worked in the salmon canneries in King Cove, Alaska in the early 1960s. Seattle poets Michelle Penaloza, Victor Pineda and Emily Lawsin will join Flor and present their poems recounting the courageous and heartbreaking stories of Filipino workers in the 1920's and '30s who performed backbreaking seasonal work at the farm fields of California and at the fish canneries in Alaska. A funding grant from Artist Trust allowed Flor to complete his chapbook which was published by Carayan Press in San Francisco.
This event is free | Venue is 21+
Funded in part by the City of Seattle and Office of Arts & Culture Seattle as part of Jessica Mooney's City Artist Project.
Hosted by Ramon Isao, Origin Stories will feature the commissioned work of poet and writer Sarah Galvin; poet and Stranger “Genius” nominee Robert Lashley; poet Michelle Peñaloza; and fiction writer and former Made at Hugo House fellow Jessica Mooney.
In comic books, an origin story often refers to the backstory revealing how a character gained their superpowers and/or the circumstances under which they became heroes or villains. Origin stories can also refer to myths and narratives for how the world began, how creatures and plants came into existence, and why we’re here. Or, for mere mortals, origin stories serve as a starting point for identity metamorphosis; the self transformed by a series of firsts—first love, first loss, and so on. Each writer will read personal work that speaks to the theme.
Jane Wong will be on hand from 6:30 to 7:00 to sign copies of her debut collection, Overpour (Action Books). At 7:15, she and fellow Kundiman artists Christopher Rose, Troy Osaki, and Michelle Peñaloza will gather for poetry, discussion, and storytelling.
Join us Wednesday November 30th at 7PM for a public meal titled "Footlong Chili Cheese Dog / Cherry Limeade (Sonic)" by Michelle Peñaloza.
Note about dietary restrictions: Not gluten free. Will contain dairy and there will be a vegetarian option.
About the meal series:
"We Are What Eats Us" is a series of public meals that explore fatherlessness through reenactment and embodiment. Weekly dinners will be hosted and prepared by participants who have experienced the passing or absence of their father. They will cook a sitdown dinner based on a memorable meal about their dad. Dinners are open to the public.
About the project and space:
"We Are a Crowd of Others" is a residency and exhibition by Gail Grinnell, Samuel Wildman and Eric John Olson, consisting of a series of performances, readings, projects and large scale site specific installation.
MadArt Studio is an artist workspace that is open to the public. We encourage visitors to watch the artists work and take a closer look at the process of art making. Since 2009, MadArt has served as a catalyst for new and unexpected artworks in Seattle by providing artists with opportunities to create large-scale installations.
In association with Hugo House and emceed by the incomparable John Roderick! Two teams of award-winning poets—Jane Wong, John Beer, Michelle Peñaloza, Matthew Nienow, Jeannine Hall Gailey, and Michael Schmeltzer--take turns batting at topics pitched to them by the audience.
Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Hilarity guaranteed. Eminently qualified judges Sherman Alexie and Nancy Guppy will score each batter's reading, and the winning team takes the series title. Book sale/signing follows the reading.
Doors open at 6:00 (eat, drink, and be merry!) and even starts at 7:00. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Bring a topic to stump the poets with!
As poet Marianne Moore wrote, “Writing is exciting / and baseball is like writing. / You can never tell with either / how it will go.”
The Writing from the Margins Literary Studies Institute is a public program created by Bloomfield College's Division of the Humanities. The Institute brings together an array of contemporary writers who engage themes of marginalization and under-representation of diverse voices in literature. Through an exciting line-up of writing workshops, panel discussions, and readings, Writing from the Margins connects writers and readers in a dynamic exploration of the power and potential of literature representing the diversity of human experience.
- Literary workshops and discussions led by distinguished writers and scholars
- Keynote address by Natasha Trethewey (United States Poet Laureate, 2012-2014)
- Activities for high schoolers, college students, and lifelong learners
- Community readings
- Free and open to the public
To celebrate three years of Lit Fix, we got a new home! We're making our Chop Suey debut this spring, and we'd love to see you there. Join us for an extra-special lineup of readers and music, plus anniversary treats.
$5 at the door. All proceeds go to Literacy Council of Seattle. Satisfaction guaranteed by: MICHELLE PEÑALOZA, ANCA L. SZILÁGYI, ANASTACIA RENÉE TOLBERT, SEAN BEAUDOIN, GINT ARAS (Karolis Gintaras Žukauskas) and THE WILD
Storyfort will feature events with writers (and readers!) from the Boise, the Northwest, and beyond. The readings and performances will take place on the second floor of The Linen Building and while Storyfort is free and open to the public, we do encourage you to purchase a 5-day Treefort Music Fest pass. Small-press books, zines, and writerly schwag will also be available to attendees.
- Eileen Myles is the author of over 20 books of poetry, fiction, and criticism including Chelsea Girls and I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014 she is also the muse for the acclaimed Amazon series “Transparent”.
- Jeff Chu covers international affairs, social issues, and design for Fast Company. He is also the author of Does Jesus Really Love Me.
- Anne Panning is the award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction as well as the author of Super America and Butter.
Full schedule and panel lineups to be announced.
Storyfort is presented by The Cabin with support from Ghosts & Projectors, CWI, Big Tree Arts, Story Story Night.
!! ~~~ DEATH RATTLE HUM ~~~ !!
is coming to Portland!
POST 134 /// MARCH 10 /// 7:30 PM
Death Rattle Hum is a migrational reading series designed to engage and involve writers in neighboring cities and states in the Northwest. Refreshments! Flowers! Galaxies!
*** SPECIAL LOCAL GUEST STARS ***
!! ~ Jamondria Harris ~ !!
!! ~ Olivia Olivia ~ !!
!! ~ Michelle Peñaloza ~ !!
*** WANDERING POETS FROM IDAHO ***
!! ~ Griffin Birdsong ~ !!
!! ~ Diana Forgione ~ !!
!! ~ Marshall Harris ~ !!
!! ~ Dig Reeder ~ !!
!! ~ Alex Yann ~ !!
A Loose Leaf Reading Presents
An Evening Of Story Telling and Music
Featured Reader Michelle Peñaloza
Kristen Millares Young
MUSIC By Nora Hughes
7PM // 21+ // No Cover
The things we do for 78 cents on the dollar: Real-life and fictional tales from working women in a gender-skewed world. Featuring Sonya Lea, Storme Webber, Michelle Peñaloza, Tele Aadsen, and Jean Burnet. Michelle Goodman and Sierra Golden emcee. The event is free and presented in collaboration with Hedgebrook. In keeping with Wage Slaves tradition, free donuts will be served.
Sonya Lea’s memoir, Wondering Who You Are, has won awards and garnered praise in a number of publications, including Oprah Magazine, People, NPR, and the BBC, which named it a “top ten book.” Her essays have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Brevity, Guernica, Cold Mountain Review, The Prentice Hall College Reader, The Rumpus, andThe Butter. Lea teaches at Hugo House, and she’s leading a pilot project to teach writing to women veterans through the Red Badge Project. Her film, EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING, is showing in festivals and receiving awards around the US, including recognition for Emerging Director and best score. Originally from Kentucky, she lives in Seattle. Find her atwww.wonderingwhoyouare.com.
Storme Webber is a Two Spirit, Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw, internationally nurtured poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit. Her poetry collections include Diaspora, Blues Divine, and the forthcoming Noirish Lesbiana. Her solo theatre works include Buddy Rabbit, Noirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room, and Wild Tales of Renegade Halfbreed Bulldagger. She has been highlighted in numerous anthologies, documentaries, and international performance tours. Her work has been supported and awarded by Artist Trust, Richard Hugo House, Jack Straw Foundation, City of Seattle, 4Culture, and Hedgebrook.
Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). Her poetry can be found in New England Review, TriQuarterly, Pleiades, The Collagist, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Kundiman, 4Culture, and Hugo House, as well as scholarships from Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others.
Tele Aadsen is a tree hugging, tofu eating commercial fisherman and writer. An Alaskan salmon troller since 1985 (when she sold her first fish for the price of an ice cream cone), she and her partner Joel have run the F/V Nerka together for the past ten years, marketing their catch to restaurants throughout the country. Her work has appeared in Cirque, National Fisherman, and Alaska Dispatch News, and she performs annually with Oregon's FisherPoets Gathering. Her memoir, Hooked: A Season of Love, Sex, and Salmon, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books.
Jean Burnet earned her MFA at the University of Washington. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Brevity, and Palaver, among others. She was a 2014-2015 Made at Hugo House fellow, and occasionally blogs about pop culture at Three Imaginary Girls.
Michelle Goodman is the award-winning author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and My So-Called Freelance Life, both published by Seal Press. Her essays and journalism on careers, commerce, and creativity have appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Salon, Vice, Bust, Bitch, Bark, Seattle Times, Seattle magazine, and several anthologies. She’s been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook and Whiteley Center. Before becoming a full-time freelance writer two decades ago, she played admin to an array of dazzlingly bad bosses.
Sierra Golden received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Winner of the program’s 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize, Golden’s work appears or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. She has also been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook, the Island Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Although she calls Washington State home, Golden has spent many summers in Alaska, working as a commercial fisherman. She now works in communications.
Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films, and music by women. A literary nonprofit, its mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Hedgebrook offers writing residencies, master classes, and salons at its retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world.
IT'S COMING. IT'S FREE. IT'S ALL AGES. IT'S JANUARY 8 AND 9 AT THE CROCODILE. BIG ASS BOOMBOX 2016! Check out this years lineup of bands and writers!
WRITERS (@The Upstairs)
Fri: Sarah Kathryn Moore, Maggie MK Hess, Michelle Penaloza, John Englehardt, and Jonathan Zwickel.
7:30 Deer Park
8:20 Pale Noise
9:10 Chris King and the Gutterballs
10:50 Trees and Timber
11:40 Golden Idols
7:55 School of Rock House Band
8:45 Brite Lines
9:35 Furniture Girls
10:25 Electric No No
12:05 Ever So Android
Renewal/Regeneration with Mike Copperman and Michelle Peñaloza: An Afternoon Antidote (Or Accompaniment) To All Those Peeps and Baskets
Between your Easter celebrations (or lack thereof), join Mike and Michelle, both alums from U of O's MFA program, as they share stories and poems to overcome or accompany Catholic guilt, bunny-driven egg-lust, or chocolate-loathing. Mike will read from his forthcoming memoir, Faces Bright, Voices Loud: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta, and Michelle will share poems from her chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts).
This free festival of multimedia art is a unique exploration of what happens when gifted performers, artists, thinkers, and dreamers boldly explore their own creative mediums in collaboration with one another. This year’s exciting line-up of (sub)Urban Projections showcases artists coming together to cast a net over the arts—catching the dance with the digital, the sound with the sculpture, the mystical with the moments of truth.
Come see the collaboration of amazing choreography from Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner and some of my poems from landscape/heartbreak!
WordsWest Literary Series is a monthly series that invites writers, readers, and the West Seattle community to take literary joyrides as passengers and drivers.
Every third Wednesday, 7pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Folks from local, independent businesses join each event by reciting a favorite poem.
WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.
Old Growth Northwest fosters creative collaboration and exchange within a diverse community of writers and readers in the Pacific Northwest.
Old Growth Northwest is excited to present Volume XII of our series! For this series we are thrilled to have talented writers Doug Nufer, Janie Elizabeth Miller, and Michelle Peñaloza.
In partnership with the Kitsap Regional Library, BIMA & KRL present a poetry reading with Washington State poet laureate Elizabeth Austen and Michelle Peñaloza, followed by a conversation with the audience. Austen will read from her collection, Every Dress a Decision, as well as poems by other Washington poets. Peñaloza will read from her newly released chapter book, Landscape/Heartbreak. BIMA Auditorium. Free.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6TH, 2015
AT THE BLACK LODGE
DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM, GOES ALL NIGHT
Over 30 artists and makers are coming together for one night only in support of Common Area Maintenance (CAM), a multi-purpose art space trying to get off the ground in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. The love, talent, and generosity of everyone involved with this show is OFF THE CHAIN. Come support the art and music communities with fellow movers and shakers.
AND Poets Read in the Round: hear kickass poems from a group of fantastic poets! An added twist: each poet has written a new poem inspired by one of his or her fellow readers for this one-of-kind reading! Featuring:
Bill Carty / Claudia Castro Luna / Jane Wong / Lauren Ireland / Matthew Schnirman / hosted by Michelle Peñaloza.
Author Michelle Peñaloza launches The Project Room's new topic, Monument, with a discussion about the unseen Seattle monuments she uncovered while writing her forthcoming book landscape/heartbreak.
Join us to ask, "How do our ephemeral experiences create monuments?"
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