Mar 21, 2009

Finishing Line Press Group Reading

Happy Spring Solstice Happy Poetry Month

Please join us at a Finishing Line Press Group Reading

When: Saturday, April 4, 2009,
Time: 2—3 PM
Who: Julene Tripp Weaver, Betsy Aoki, Jane Alynn, and Lana Ayers
Where: Elliott Bay Books, 101 South Main Street, Seattle, WA

Mar 17, 2009

The Poetry Playground - Weekly Classes (Tuesdays 7-9pm)

From the crazies who brought you THE POETRY POLAR BEAR CLUB, now offering ongoing, weekly, drop-in classes at The Fremont Abbey Art Center, Tuesday nights from 7-9pm, starting Tuesday, 24 March, 2009. THE POETRY PLAYGROUND is facilitated by A. K. “Mimi” Allin.

A place to stretch your poet and play with words. A place to practice physical poetry. A place to test your tools. This is not a poetry reading, critiquing circle, performance or acting class. This is a playground. We’ll use games, exercises and prompts to free our poet. Intended for artists of all genders, genres and levels, who work (or wish to work) from poetry. Be prepared to move, talk and play, alone and in groups, to create on the page and in the round. We will not sit in seats at tables.

Ongoing, drop-in, weekly sessions, 7-9 pm, Tuesdays. Classes meet at The Fremont Abbey starting on Tuesday, 24 March, 2009. 2 hrs on the playground, pay-as-you-go, $10/session. No stress. Generative play. Just show up. Pay in person, cash or check.

A. K. “Mimi” Allin, The Poetess at Green Lake, spends her time developing interactive poetry performances. An instigator of social dialog, Allin teaches poetry guerilla poetry to youth and adults. She has been performing, projecting, installing and instigating poetry since 1997. Allin, who earned her MA in Poetry from City University of New York and founded the monthly poetry & performance series Untitled [Intersection], will moderate all playground sessions and performances. Special guest co-instructors will be announced.


Mar 16, 2009

Call for Submissions: Court Green

Dossier: The 1970s

Each issue of COURT GREEN features a dossier on a special topic or theme. For our seventh issue, we will feature a dossier on The 1970s.

We would like to see poems on all that decade entailed, as well as the legacy thereof. We are as interested in poems that invoke the icons of and engage with the stereotypes of the 1970s as we are in poems that explore more tangential or atypical aspects of the decade. Poems of all styles and modes -- historical, personal, political, confessional, formal, experimental, regional, global, nostalgic, critical, hybrid, and especially those styles and modes the editors have not yet foreseen -- are welcome. We are not looking for critical/academic works at this time.

Submissions for dossier and regular sections of the magazine are welcome.

If you would like to submit poems for either or both sections, our submission period is March 1-June 30 of each year.

We do not accept more than one submission per poet during our submission/reading period. Please note that we do not accept more than five pages of poetry.

Email submissions are not accepted. Please supply a SASE for notification only. Submissions will not be returned. Poems submitted outside our reading period will be returned unread.

We will respond by August 31.

Submit to:

English Department
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Please note: Poems sent through submissions services are discouraged and may be returned unread. We strongly encourage anyone interested in submitting to COURT GREEN to read a recent issue of the magazine before submitting. For information about ordering copies of Court Green, please see our contact page:

Mar 14, 2009

Raven Chronicles: Food Culture Reading (April 25)

We are inviting all the writers who have work at our Raven Chronicles online magazine ( in the Food & Culture section, to read On April 25th, and other poets who might have work that would contribute to this discussion on the conjunction of food and our different cultures. Our latest writer and addition to the site, Susan J. Erickson, is going to join us from Bellingham. We would love to have you join us. And we will have an open mic at the end for anyone who might like to read a poem. This is in conjunction with National Poetry Month.

We would also like to honor all the editors who have chosen work for this site:

Jeannine Hall Gailey, who is recovering from broken bones!

Elizabeth Myhr, who now edits the Nature Writing section (and we have added a new wonderful photo to the site)

Anne Fraser

If you would like to read poems and can join us, please let us know.

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Poets read works celebrating Food & Culture.
In conjunction with National Poetry Month.
Invited readers and open mic.

April 25, 2009, Saturday, 4:00-5:45 p.m.
University Branch Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105

Mar 12, 2009

Translation with Andrea Lingenfelter

As part of the WPA Spring Poetry Festival in late April, Andrea Lingenfelter will offer a 2-hour translation class at Hugo House. Ondi is a Seattle Poet Gathering regular. Support a friend, sign up for her class. Class size limited to 20. SIgn up online at Brown Paper Tickets: Here's the info.

2-hr Translation Workshop
Andrea Lingenfelter
Meet at Hugo House 9:45am
Pre-Registration required / Register now
$60 workshop

There are at least as many ways to translate a poem as there are readers of that poem. Work through a poem from the source language (Chinese) to English with an experienced translator of Chinese poetry. We will look at different aspects of the poem and the discuss some of the problems, both practical and theoretical, that translators encounter in the course of the translation process. No knowledge of a foreign language required. Instructor will bring materials. Supplies: students should bring paper and something to write with. This class will meet at Hugo House at 9:45am on Saturday 25 April. It is the first event of the Spring Poetry Festival. Afterwards, students are welcome return to Hugo House for a welcome message and a social with Sam Green, David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg.

Andrea Lingenfelter is a poet and translator of contemporary Chinese poetry, fiction and (on occasion) film subtitles. She has lived and worked in China and travels there regularly to meet with writers and buy books. Her translations of contemporary Chinese poetry have appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies. She is also the translator of the novels Candy, by Mian Mian (Back Bay Books), and Farewell My Concubine by Lilian Lee (William Morrow and Company). In the spring of 2008 she received a Pen Translation Fund Grant to translate Annie Baobei's 2006 novel, Padma. She is currently working on a collection of translations of poetry by Zhai Yongming for Zephyr Press. Future projects include Wang Anyi's novel Qimeng shidai (The Age of Enlightenment) and a volume of translations of work by Shanghai poet Wang Yin.

Here's a link to an interview I did with Zhai Yongming, China's leading feminist poet, about a year ago, with a few poems: The interview is in Issue #3, but I also have work in Issue #1, and I'm planning to have an interview with my friend Wang Yin in Issue #5.

Mar 7, 2009

aka reading | performances

A. K. Allin & Vanessa Dewolf perform/read together on Thursday 19 March, 7pm, at Soul Food Books in Redmond. This will be Allin's first long reading since "Soviet Poetry" at Soho20 in NYC, a slide show of epigrammatic poems over Modern Soviet Art with percussion by Greg Stare of Rare Bird Rumba Ranch. Expect the off kilter.

The very next night, Friday 20 March, 7pm, Allin will perform at Fremont Place Books with the dapper Aaron Silverberg and the therapeutic Laurie Scullin. In typical Allin fashion, this will not be a reading so much as a happening. Bring your witness.

A. K. “MIMI” ALLIN produces poetry on the page and off, by way of public installation, urban maneuver, and collaborative and solo performance. “AKA” has whispered poetry through a 300-pound block of ice, painted it on umbrellas, and put it in the middle of a labyrinth cut into a lawn with hand shears. Allin formed close ties to the Green Lake area of Seattle by sitting at a desk there every Sunday from 9–5 for one full year. Her efforts were quickly returned by an enthusiastic and supportive public. Documentation of “The Poetess at Green Lake” and more recent “aka instigations” can be found online at

VANESSA DEWOLF creates interdisciplinary poetic works of text-based performance. Her work often combines narrative & poetic language with visual & movement processes. Her training: figure skating, Playwriting at Boston University under Nobel Prize Winner Derek Walcott, somatic practices, alternative dance, improvisation, printmaking, and more. She grew up in the mountains and is currently a valley dweller. She runs an artist residency program at Studio Current for performance artists, a unique opportunity to support artists in process & practice via rigorous dialogue with each other. She is a facilitator of Field sessions and has bee the director of The Field-Seattle, an artist driven peer review organization that cultivates reflective feedback with artists from all disciplines. Her work has been seen in Alaska, Boston, Germany, Tacoma and various venues throughout Seattle including: Untitled Intersection, Ten Tiny Dances, Fisher Ensemble, Velocity Dance Center, Freehold Studio Lab Theater, and many more.

AARON SILVERBERG has written 2 books, "Thoreau's Chair" & Diamonds Only Water Can Wear."

LAURIE SCULLIN is a local therapist, who writes because its in his Irish blood and writing is a relatively cheap addiction.

Mar 6, 2009

Untitled [Intersection], 27 March 2009

Friday 27 March 2009 @ 7P
The Phinney Center in Greenwood
$5-10 donation

Featuring the incredible, the wonderful, the wildly popular

No podium. No page turning. No hands stabbing the air. Just 4 terrific poets offering 15-minute workshops. And in between classes, you're invited to partake in TRAVELING HEARTBEATS. Let performance artist, Danae' Clark, listen to your heart. Watch her translate your unique beat into a watercolor painting.

All hail podium-free poetry!!!