The Wellspring Literary Series Featuring Michelle Peñaloza
Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Wellspring Literary Series Featuring Michelle Peñaloza

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Please join us as we welcome Michelle Peñaloza to the Wellspring Literary Series to read her award-winning poems. CMU Honors student Jordan Gakle will also read, and music will be provided by CMU alumnus Joe Hertler of Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers. As always, complimentary dinner will be provided by Max & Emily's Eatery.

Thanks to the Russ Herron Poetry Found of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, this great evening of poetry, art, song, and food is FREE and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing. These evenings are often standing-room-only--so come early to snag a good seat!

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Bill Carty, Michelle Peñaloza, & Tommye Blount at Pages Bookshop
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Bill Carty, Michelle Peñaloza, & Tommye Blount at Pages Bookshop

We are thrilled to welcome amazing poets Bill Carty, Michelle Peñaloza, and Tommye Blount to Pages to read from their latest books of poetry, "Huge Cloudy", "Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire" and "What Are We Not For." This will make for an incredible evening of poetry that you won't want to miss!

This event is free and open to the public. Bill, Michelle and Tommye's books will be for sale before and after the event.

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Monsters of Poetry Presents Peñaloza/Carty/Perry/Yoder
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Monsters of Poetry Presents Peñaloza/Carty/Perry/Yoder

Four of the most exciting emerging literary voices in this nation converge in Madison for one night only while on their respective first book tours. From the west coast, poets Michelle Peñaloza and Bill Carty; and from Iowa City, essayist Andre Perry and fiction writer Rachel Yoder. Artist Chele Isaac and ALL are hosting us at Maiahaus, a beautiful church turned artist studio by the Capitol. This will be our last event for the fall season! This is a free reading, but all are encouraged to purchase tickets for our raffle, featuring signed books, mix CDs, and other priceless literary ephemera ($3/ticket). Bring your own drinks and snacks, and come early to grab a seat by the giant beehive!

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Michelle Peñaloza, Jonterri Gadson, & Vicki Vertiz
Sep
28
4:00 PM16:00

Michelle Peñaloza, Jonterri Gadson, & Vicki Vertiz

Ambitious and emotionally complex, Michelle Peñaloza's debut poetry collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, explores grief and violence, the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and the complications of desire. Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire won the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize. Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Oceanic, calls Peñaloza's book "remarkable" and says "Of this I am certain: I'll be celebrating this poet for many years to come."

Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire is a work simultaneously culturally specific and universal, with a scope ambitious and emotionally complex, it explores questions of grief and violence, and negotiates loss across landscapes and spans of time. It engages with the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality and the complications of desire. (Inlandia Institute)

Poetry. African & African American Studies. "Racial identity and family musings lead Gadson down a circular path in her profoundly candid and revealing debut collection...By reusing and transforming phrases, Gadson reveals how beliefs themselves can morph, externalizing a very interior process...Gadson's insistent echoing of herself (or herself) illuminates a poignant crux of the collection: despite the passage of time and the depth of inquiry, some questions and hard realities invariably persist." Publishers Weekly"

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Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire by Michelle Peñaloza
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire by Michelle Peñaloza


LibroMobile Presents: Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire by Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, which won the 2018 Hillary Grravendyk National Poetry Prize and will be published in August 2019 by Inlandia Books. She also wrote two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). Her poems can be found in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Third Coast, The Normal School and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow and a graduate of the University of Oregon MFA program, Michelle is the winner of the 2019 Scotti Merrill Emerging Writer Award for Poetry from The Key West Literary Seminar. Michelle lives in rural Northern Califronia.

About Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, Barbara Jane Reyes, author of Poeta en San Francisco and Invocation to Daughters, writes: "This is an emotionally complex work, in which grief, and immigrant, diasporic confusion and rage are handled with so much wisdom. I love this book."

FREE EVENT
This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

LibroMobile is a literary project & bookstore established in Santa Ana, California-off 4th & Spurgeon, in the back alley!

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 Michelle Peñaloza: Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Michelle Peñaloza: Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire

Join us for a reading with Michelle Peñaloza for her debut poetry collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, which won the 2019 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize through Inlandia Books!

Muriel Leung, MT Vallarta and Annette Wong will also be reading their poems in celebration!

About Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, Barbara Jane Reyes, author of Poeta en San Francisco and Invocation to Daughters, writes: "This is an emotionally complex work, in which grief, and immigrant, diasporic confusion and rage are handled with so much wisdom. I love this book."

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Oceanic, calls Peñaloza's book "ambitious" and "remarkable" and says "Of this I am certain: I’ll be celebrating this poet for many years to come."

Garrett Hongo, author of Coral Road, praises the book and writes: "As an heraldic preface to her wondrous new volume, Michelle Peñaloza asks of her poetry a profound question—How do children born of empire // once removed // possess the history // of their naming? ...The book is a colorful and complex mosaic of re-possession, a repairing of an uprooted history, and Penaloza’s own passionate monody of praise for all that was lost."

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Poetry Reading with Michelle Peñaloza
Sep
23
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Reading with Michelle Peñaloza

Join us in welcoming Michelle Penaloza for a reading and signing of here new collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, the winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize!

Ambitious and emotionally complex, Michelle Peñaloza's debut poetry collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, explores grief and violence, the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and the complications of desire. Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Oceanic, calls Peñaloza's book "remarkable" and says "Of this I am certain: I'll be celebrating this poet for many years to come."

Please RSVP for this event. Books will be available to purchase in store and online at cellardoorbookstore.com

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Conversations at the Culver
Sep
22
1:30 PM13:30

Conversations at the Culver

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A celebration of the winners of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. Four poets discuss their books of poetry and join in conversation about the poetry process.

Elizabeth Cantwell is a high school teacher and poet living in Claremont, California, with her husband, two sons, and small dog. She is the author of two books of poetry, Nights I Let The Tiger Get You (Black Lawrence Press) and All The Emergency-Type Structures (Inlandia Institute), which was a finalist for the 2018 National Poetry Series and won the 2018 Regional Hillary Gravendyk Prize. If you need her, you can find her watching horror movies, listening to Fiona Apple, or reading incessantly about climate change.

Kenji C. Liu is author of Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books, 2019) and Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize (Inlandia Insti-tute). His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, Apogee, and elsewhere, including two chapbooks and several anthologies. An alumnus of Kundiman, VONA/Voices, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers, he lives in occupied Tongva land.

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of God's Will for Mon-sters (Inlandia, 2017) and Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discuss-ing and Creating Comics, among other books. She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour, a writing podcast with Muriel Leung. She is a Lecturer in the Creative Writing Depart-ment at the University of California, Riverside. An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, Rachelle lives and writes in Southern California.

The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Michelle Peñaloza is author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015).

This event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to our sponsor, UCR Center for Ideas and Society.

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Pinxy All Stars at Milepost 5
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Pinxy All Stars at Milepost 5

Join the Portland-based celebration(s!!) for the launch of Michelle Peñaloza's FORMER POSSESSIONS OF THE SPANISH EMPIRE! Join us on September 18th for an evening with All Star Pinxy writers, Christopher Rose, Armin Tolentino, Janice Sapigao, Jake Vermaas along with Michelle, to celebrate #formerpossessions and the GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon - APANO's De-Canon Library + Chapel at Milepost 5.

Portland- and Northern California- based poets will join forces to combine readings and karaoke into an extravaganza of entertainment and literary import. All are welcome and the event is free of charge. But! You do need to register! Here's the link: https://secure.everyaction.com/iAW_UP2kVkC8DY1-mXKitw2

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Whitenoise Project 22 + Caldera: Jolly Wrapper / Ahmed / Cheuk / Peñaloza
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Whitenoise Project 22 + Caldera: Jolly Wrapper / Ahmed / Cheuk / Peñaloza

Join Whitenoise Project and Caldera for a special event at Literary Arts!

The night will feature readings and book signings from alumni of Caldera’s Youth Program and Artists in Residence (AiR) Program, including authors Michelle Peñaloza, Leland Cheuk, and Farooq Ahmed, all of whom have just-published or soon-to-be published books that were completed at Caldera. Special guest Jolly Wrapper will open the evening.

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#formerpossessions in Covelo / Round Valley
Sep
6
to Sep 7

#formerpossessions in Covelo / Round Valley

Friday, September 6th / 4-5:30 pm / Generative Writing Workshop, An Afternoon of Somatics

Taking a cue from poet CA Conrad, participants will engage in somatic poetry “rituals” to be mindful of the present moment and “reveal the creative viability of everything” around them. We're in the last gasps of summer! So, we’ll experiment together, using the everyday spaces of downtown Covelo as our inspiration to explore our outer and inner landscapes. This class is for folks who want to shake up their creative practice, write new work, and have fun! The event is free and open to the public.

Please come:

    • with a notebook and something with which to write

    • with something to keep time on your own (your phone or a watch will work well), preferably that can buzz and let you know when time's up, discreetly

    • ready to try new ways of prompting writing and shaking up your creative practice

Saturday, September 7th / 7-8:30pm / Open Mic + Local Author Book Launch:

Come celebrate Covelo's local literary scene with an Open Mic reading and a feature with local poet, Michelle Peñaloza. She'll read from her national award-winning collection. The book's called Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, and in a series of powerful, straightforward, narrative lyrics, Peñaloza reflects on the loss of a father, a relationship, and the legacy of colonialism. The event is free and open to the public.

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All Pinay Everything
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

All Pinay Everything

Join Pinay Powerhouse Poets, Barbara Jane Reyes, Janice Sapigao, Aimee Suzara and Michelle Peñaloza as they come together to celebrate #allpinayeverything and the release of Peñaloza's FORMER POSSESSIONS OF THE SPANISH EMPIRE at Arkipelago Books, a cornerstone to the Filipino businesses, advocate organizations, art spaces and families in SOMA PILIPINAS, San Francisco's newest Historical District.

Barbara Jane Reyes is an adjunct professor in Philippine Studies at University of San Francisco, the author of Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017), and four previous collections of poetry, including Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005) and Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010). Letters to a Young Brown Girl is forthcoming from BOA Editions, Ltd., in 2020. She lives in Oakland, CA. http://www.barbarajanereyes.com/

Janice Lobo Sapigao is a daughter of Filipina/o immigrants. She was named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2017 Women to Watch by KQED Arts. She is the author of two books of poetry: Like a Solid to a Shadow (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017) and microchips for millions (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2016) and three other chapbooks. She is a VONA/Voices and Kundiman Fellow, and the Associate Editor of TAYO Literary Magazine. She co-founded Sunday Jump open mic in L.A. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from CalArts, and she has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with Honors from UC San Diego.

Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer whose mission is to create poetic and theatrical work about race, gender, and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Suzara has graced stages nationally, from Florida to Washington with her dynamic spoken word. Her debut poetry book, SOUVENIR (WordTech Editions 2014), a Willa Award Finalist, was lauded as “a powerful meditation on history and the legacies of race, family and identity” (David Mura), and her poems appear in numerous collections, including Phat’itude and Kartika Review. Her performance work has been supported by YBCAway Award, National Endowment for the Arts; selected for the One Minute Play Festival, APAture, and the Utah Arts Festival; and staged at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, CounterPULSE, and others. Luis J Rodriguez has said, “Aimee Suzara is a deep chronicler of our hopes, dreams, pains, and future. We need these poems more than ever.” http://www.aimeesuzara.net

Michelle Peñaloza is author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, which won the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize (Inlandia Books, 2019). She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). Her work can be found in places like Prairie Schooner, upstreet, Pleiades, The Normal School and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Oregon, Kundiman and Hugo House as well as the 2019 Scotti Merrill Emerging Writer Award for Poetry from The Key West Literary Seminar. Michelle has also received scholarships from Lemon Tree House, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, VONA/Voices, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Michelle was born in the suburbs of Detroit, MI and raised in Nashville, TN. She now lives, farms, and writes in rural Northern California.

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Poetry Reading: Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire
Aug
24
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry Reading: Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire

Free event, wheelchair accessible.

Michelle Peñaloza will be reading her debut collection: Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire joined by poets Cristiana Baik, Dan Lau, and Truong Tran. Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, won the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize through Inlandia Books.

“Michelle Peñaloza’s first collection of poems, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, is filled with so much care and kapwa, a deep understanding of shared humanity, between generations of Filipina women and girls -- the granddaughter plucking her lola’s gray hairs, witnessing the aging, failing body with so much warmth and compassion, the daughter who knows her mother’s voice so well, that she inhabits it. Peñaloza’s poems are grounded in details, textures, and aromas, rose petals, coffee, garlic, smoothed rosary beads, old prayer books, the tangle of mangrove roots. This is an emotionally complex work, in which grief, and immigrant, diasporic confusion and rage are handled with so much wisdom. I love this book.” —Barbara Jane Reyes, Author of Poeta en San Francisco and Invocation to Daughters

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 All Pinxy All Stars at Elliott Bay Books
Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

All Pinxy All Stars at Elliott Bay Books

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.

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All Pinxy All Stars at Estelita's
Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

All Pinxy All Stars at Estelita's

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.

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Literaoke Book Launch for Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire
Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

Literaoke Book Launch for Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire

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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!

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Radical Altars: a poetry reading
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Radical Altars: a poetry reading

In conjunction with her solo exhibition After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly, Jane Wong has selected two of her favorite poets to read their works in engagement with and in response to her exhibition. This reading will be interspersed with the poets’ reflections on the exhibition and the ideas that fuel their practices. To be followed by a Q&A session.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Jane Wong is a poet, essayist, and professor who grew up in a Chinese American take-out restaurant. Her poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, and jubilat, among others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, 4Culture, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and The Mineral School. The author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016), Jane is an assistant professor at Western Washington University. Invested in public scholarship, her project on the poetics of haunting in Asian American poetry has appeared as a TEDx talk and a multimedia website.
Jane Wong received the 2017 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in a presentation at the Frye Art Museum.

Diana Khoi Nguyen is a poet and multimedia artist whose debut collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Contest and 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award, L.A. Times Book Prize, and Colorado Book Award. A Kundiman fellow, she is currently a writer-in-residence at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and teaches in the Randolph College MFA program and Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire (Inlandia Books), winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). Her poems can be found in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Third Coast, New England Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Kundiman, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, and the Richard Hugo House, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle won the 2019 Scotti Merrill Emerging Writer Award for Poetry from The Key West Literary Seminar. Michelle lives in rural Northern California.
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REGISTRATION
Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!
Frye Members receive advance notice of programs and performances—become a member today and get the benefit of early registration!

TICKETING
On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets will be available at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium.
Tickets for Members may be picked up beginning one hour before the program.
Pre-registered tickets for nonmembers may be picked up beginning 30 minutes before the program.
All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.
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Poets Michelle Peñaloza, Alex Walton, Bill Carty
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Michelle Peñaloza, Alex Walton, Bill Carty

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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.

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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.

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PUBLIC WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AIR MICHELLE PEÑALOZA
Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

PUBLIC WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AIR MICHELLE PEÑALOZA

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!

This workshop is free and open to the public. Register via www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar
Presented in partnership with Deschutes Public Library.

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Alaskero Memories Book Launch
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Alaskero Memories Book Launch

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.

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Origin Stories: All We Left Behind

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.

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Footlong Chili Cheese Dog (Sonic) with Michelle Peñaloza
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Footlong Chili Cheese Dog (Sonic) with Michelle Peñaloza

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.

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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.

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Poetry World Series 2016: Seattle Edition with Hugo House!
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry World Series 2016: Seattle Edition with Hugo House!

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.”

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The Writing from the Margins Literary Studies Institute
Apr
14
to Apr 17

The Writing from the Margins Literary Studies Institute

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 
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Lit Fix 13: Third Anniversary
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Lit Fix 13: Third Anniversary

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

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Reading at Storyfort in Boise, Idaho
Mar
26
2:00 PM14:00

Reading at Storyfort in Boise, Idaho

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.

STORYFORT PRESENTERS:

  • 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.

STORYFORT POETS:

  • Michelle  Peñaloza

  • Christopher Morgan

  • Paige Ackerson-Kiely

  • Scott Abels

  • Kerri Webster

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.

 

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!! ~~~ DEATH RATTLE HUM ~~~ !! PDX Edition
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

!! ~~~ DEATH RATTLE HUM ~~~ !! PDX Edition

!! ~~~ 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 ~ !!

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Wage Slaves: the 78 Cents Edition
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Wage Slaves: the 78 Cents Edition

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.

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