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.
Join Whitenoise Project and Caldera for a special event at Literary Arts!
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
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.
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
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."
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."
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!
Michelle Penaloza & Jonterri Gadson present and sign Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire & Blues Triumphant
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"
Third Space Action Lab (1464 E 105TH st)
doors open: 7.
show begins: 7:30.
Michelle Peñaloza is author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, which won 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 work can be found in places like Prairie Schooner, upstreet, Pleiades, and Third Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Oregon, Kundiman and Hugo House as well as the 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.
Nikki Zielinski’s poems appear in Best New Poets, Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, Bellingham Review, Meridian, Southern Humanities Review, Sou’Wester, Vinyl, Birmingham Poetry Review, PANK, New Madrid, and elsewhere. Since completing her MFA at the University of Oregon, she has received prizes, residencies, and scholarships from such organizations as Djerassi, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Ohio Arts Council, Bridport Arts Centre, Vermont Studio Center, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, as well as recent Pushcart and Forward Prize nominations. A freelance writer and editor, she lives in Cleveland.
Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books), and he has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, and the Hugo House. He was awarded the 2017 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, and his poems have recently appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Pinwheel, Iowa Review, Conduit, Warscapes, and other journals. Originally from coastal Maine, Bill now lives in Seattle, where he is Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest. He teaches at Hugo House, the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and Edmonds Community College.
Mila Jaroniec is the author of Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover and the chapbook Coney Islands. Her work has appeared in Playboy, Hobart, Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, PANK and Teen Vogue, among others. She earned her MFA from The New School and teaches fiction at Catapult.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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.
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.