Now is the time to be a superhero for independent bookstores. I want all of us (you and you and especially you) to spend an amazing day hand-selling books at your local independent bookstore on Small Business Saturday (that’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30 this year, so you know it’s a huge weekend for everyone who, you know, wants to make a living).
Here’s the plan: We book nerds will become booksellers. We will make recommendations. We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends’ books. Maybe you’ll sign and sell books of your own in the process. I think the collective results could be mind-boggling (maybe even world-changing).
Who could resist that? So, this Saturday, you will find me at two wonderful independent bookstores, and I hope you will share this information with others and buy lots of books at your local independent bookstore.
- From noon to 2p, I’ll be at Couth Buzzard Books in Greenwood. Other local authors including Peter Mountford and Wendy Joseph will be there throughout the day
- From 3:30 to 6p, I’ll be at Open Books in Wallingford. The brilliant Maged Zaher will be there from 11a to 2p.
- Elliott Bay Books is also participating, with our state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken among the writers planning to be there.
Open Books, the center of my poetry universe.
Please come and say hi and buy some books!
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I’m guest editing Floating Bridge Review
, an annual journal published by Floating Bridge Press
. (Floating Bridge published my first chapbook, The Girl Who Goes Alone
.) Please submit (details below) and share this call with other poets!
Help Wanted: The Poetry of Work
Work – or the lack of it – shapes our personalities, our days, and our health. It defines our status. Floating Bridge Review #7 seeks poems concerned with the interplay of labor and identity: first jobs, lay-offs, job hunting, unemployment, hard labor, happy hour, housework, sex work, volunteer work, retirement.
- E-mail up to three previously unpublished poems as a single Microsoft Word document or single PDF file.
- Put FBR7 SUBMISSION in the subject line of your e-mail and be sure to include your mailing address.
- Send to floatingbridgepress(at)yahoo(dot com). No cover letter needed, but please include a brief bio.
- Deadline: March 31, 2014.
- We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if the work is accepted for publication elsewhere.
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I’ve got the art of performance on my mind.
I’m performing a brand-spanking-new piece called “Crush” (more monologue than poem, truth be told) at Annex Theatre’s late night performance revue known as Spin the Bottle on Oct. 4. Show starts at 11pm (yes, you read that right) and tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students. Annex is at 1122 East Pike in Seattle’s Capitol Hill.
For the past several weeks I’ve been coaching a terrific group of writers in how to read their work aloud, as part of a class I’m teaching at Richard Hugo House. Come hear them make the transition from page to stage, Oct. 8 and 9. Readings are at 7:30p in the Cabaret at Richard Hugo House, and are free. Hugo House is at 1634 11th Ave.
Oct. 8: Kim Kent, Anne McDuffie, Fran-Michelle Reichert
Oct. 9: Dianne Aprile, Lea Galanter, Dianne Grob and Kendra Rose
The long-running “It’s About Time” poetry reading series at the Ballard Library includes a craft talk. On Oct. 10 at 6p, I’ll give a talk on the art of bringing poetry to life aloud. Joannie Stangeland, Ruby Murray and Elissa Washuta will read their work, and there’s also an open mic. More info about this free event.
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I read at Central Washington University recently, as part of the Lion Rock Writers series. Curator and marvelous poet Katharine Whitcomb interviewed me the next day for the university’s TV station. Kathy asked great questions about the process of putting together (and revising) Every Dress a Decision, writing about the personal and the political, and the art of performing poetry aloud. You can see the whole interview here:
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Writer Norelle Done has created a cool blog about Seattle-area writers and the publishing world. She’s posted dozens of interviews on a huge range of topics. Earlier this month, she talked with me about how I became a writer, and about the process of writing and shaping Every Dress a Decision. You can read Norelle’s interview with me here, or browse the site at SeattleWrote.com.
Journalist Norelle Done blogs about the Seattle literary world.
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The Bellingham Review has added audio interviews to its online issue, and I’m delighted to be the first writer featured by editor Tyler Koshakow. Fun to be on the other side of the interview process! We talked about performing poems aloud, my influences, the process of composition, the Seattle literary community and why I call myself a “poetry evangelist” and not a critic. You can listen to the interview here or check out the online edition of Bellingham Review Issue 65 Fall 2012.
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