Aug 25, 2012

Expect the unexpected: Pocket Poetry Reading this Sunday

Former Seattle Poet Populist Cody Walker and Joannie Stangeland will be reading Sunday, August 26, at 4:00 as part of the Pocket Concert series from Unexpected Arts and JackStraw. It's part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations for both the Seattle Center and Jack Straw.
Join us for a half hour at the Seattle Center's Poetry Garden (the fancy name for a pocket at the Northeast corner of the fountain). Look for the signs.


Black Buried: An Outdoor Reading in Fremont (Sunday at 6pm)

From Greg Bem:

I've been recruited and have agreed to host an outdoor poetry event that was organized in under 24 hours, and is NOT under the mysterious moniker of "ghost tokens" but is equally mysterious and equally instantaneous, though perhaps even more so and thus unequally, and equally in public and equally outdoors. It features visiting poets, local poets, and a band, and has not yet been condoned by the microcosm of Fremont, though we don't care about that, do we? It will take place on the water of our glorious unionized lake, though just how it morphs is dependent upon you and definitely not me. We will meet at the listed address (see below) and relocate to a relatively quiet aquatic overlook. Bring your flannel, or your hoodie, as it's already autumn in Seattle even though the berries are still ripe for the picking. There will almost certainly be literature available for purchase. Biotic resources such as solid and liquids must be brought on your own, and consumption of such things is condoned by me, your host. Inquire about the title of the event in person (digitally or otherwise). Please forward this to all potentially interested and definitely interested parties. Until Sunday!

1: Chelsea Tadeyeske

Chelsea Tadeyeske is a balloon that cannot be popped, an evening spooked with sunshine. Her first chapbook, heeldragger, was released in June 2012 through plumberries press. She would love it if she could become your penpal.

2: Cynthia Spencer

Cynthia Spencer is the author of the chapbook "in what sequence will my parts exit" (Plumberries Press 2010) and co-author of "THERE EXISTS..." with Chelsea Tadeyeske (Plumberries Press 2012).  She is also co-organizer of the Cloudburst Reading Series and the first annual Midwest Small Press Festival.  She lives in Milwaukee, WI.

3: Lobo Marino

Lobo Marino is an experimental indie-folk band from Richmond, VA.  Their music is inspired by meditation, chanting and the majestic sea lion.  Find them online at

4: Amaranth Borsuk

Amaranth Borsuk has been a resident of Seattle for 3 weeks and will begin teaching at the University of Washington, Bothell this fall. She is the author of Handiwork, selected by Paul Hoover for the Slope Editions book prize, the chapbook Tonal Saw, and, with programmer Brad Bouse, of Between Page and Screen, a book of augmented-reality poetry. She collaborates widely, most recently with Gabriela Jauregui, Kate Durbin, and Andy Fitch.

5: Alex Bleecker

Alex Bleecker finds and faux finds himself again and again almost every day; leaves his keys upstairs, forgets his wallet in last night’s pants, drops his phone in the car – fools himself into thinking nouns are, then remembers to verb so he can sleep a few.  It’s a death thing.  He’s from New Jersey.  He asks a lot of questions that start with “Re – if…”  Like the rest of us, he’s a piece of meat stuck to a couple of sticks. 

Aug 12, 2012

Poetilla: Seattle Writers Floating Round Table (Tuesdays, Lake Union)

Seattle Poets Gathering regular Scot Brannon has launched Poetilla, a weekly water-bound critique group for Seattle writers, departing Tuesday evenings from the Electric Boat Company at 2046 Westlake Avenue North (#102).

Fantastic idea.

For more information, including when the next workshop shoves off, visit the Poetilla website.

Poetry and Short Fiction Reading with Beth Myhr and Thomas Hubbard

Where: Bookworm Exchange (Columbia City)
When: August 17, 2012, 7pm

Elizabeth Myhr is a poet, editor and publisher. She co-founded Calypso Editions, a virtual, cooperative press that specializes in bringing literature in translation from around the world, as well as the work of emerging writers, to as many people as possible. Myhr holds a BA from the Evergreen State College and an MFA from Seattle Pacific University, has served as artist-in-residence at Centrum, and is a Milotte Foundation scholar. Her debut book of poetry the vanishings & other poems, edited by Derick Burleson, was published by Calypso Editions in October of 2011. Christianity Today noted Myhr’s debut as one of its three notable poetry books of 2011. Myhr currently serves as a manuscript judge and managing editor for Marick Press. She  recently served as an editor at Web Del Sol Review of BooksRaven ChroniclesShining Horns. Her work has been published broadly in print and online journals. She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Thomas Hubbard, a retired writing instructor, won Seattle’s Grand Slam in 1995. He authored Nail and other hardworking poems, Year of the Dragon Press, 1994. He published Children Remember Their Fathers, an anthology of performance poets; Junkyard Dogz, a chapbook also available on audio CD; and Injunz, a chapbook. His book reviews have appeared in Square Lake and Raven Chronicles. Recent publication credits include poems in Arabesques Review: International Poetry and Literature Journal, and ToTopos Poetry International, Fall 2006, Albani: Indigenous Poetry and a short story in Red Ink. He presented instruction at Whidbey Island Writers Conference in March, 2007 and has featured for several Pacific Northwest venues, including Tacoma’s Distinguished Writers Series and Whatcom Poetry Series: The Poet as Art. Hubbard formerly served on the Washington Poets Association’s board of directors.

The Breadline #20: August 15 @ The Vermillion Gallery

August Breadline will be nothing less than you'd expect and nothing more than complete Atomic Apocalypse.

Debrah Morkun
Nico Vassilakis
Will Owen
Holly Small 

Followed by open mic to close...

All ages
Always Free

3rd Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest ($1,000)

Postmark deadline: September 1, 2012 

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250
Five honorable mentions will also be given.


  1. You may submit up to three unpublished poems, all themes  and styles welcome. 42 lines max. The entry fee for 1-3 poems is $15.
  2. Poems should each be on their own sheet of paper. Multiple page poems should be numbered and have the title on each page. Poems should not have any identifying text on them except their title, but should be accompanied by a cover letter containing the author’s contact info and the title(s) of the poem(s) being submitted.
  3. Send entries, including the entry fee, to Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
  4. If you would like confirmation that we received your entry, please include your email address. Receipt confirmation will only be sent via email.
  5. Entries accepted from inside the U.S. only.

Entries will be judged by Suzanne Lummis, poet, teacher and director of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. Winners will be featured at a poetry reading at Beyond Baroque Sunday, October 21, 2012, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

All participants in the reading are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Call for submissions: Aufgabe #12

Litmus Press is now accepting submissions to Aufgabe issue #12, scheduled for release in Spring 2013. 

Please submit up to 8 pages of poetry in English by September 15, 2012. View guidelines and submit work via Submittable

Release party - for Evan Peterson's Skin Job (September 7)

Mark your calendars for the launch party of Skin Job (Minor Arcana Press), a forthcoming chapbook from our very own Evan Peterson. Congrats, Evan!

Date: Friday, September 7 (doors: 7pm; reading: 8pm)
Place: Richard Hugo House