Workshops and Readings, Fall 2019

Your Words Aloud, Your Words Alive at Hugo House

Monday evenings, 7:10 to 9:10 p.m. in Seattle, WA

Sept. 16 to Oct. 21, 2019

What does it take to transform the words on the page into an engaging, authentic, and memorable performance? Commitment, rehearsal, and humility. You’ll learn and practice tangible skills (including mic technique, ways to handle line breaks, and introductions), as well as develop a performance style that suits you and your work. The class includes take-home reading and assignments. Students will give a public reading during the fifth session. Max class size is 15.

Early bird pricing through Aug. 27: Registration info here.

The Title as Frame and Invitation

Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Olympia, WA. $40; advance registration req’d.

Where do great poem titles come from?  What makes a title “great,” anyway?  Through example poems, we’ll explore this essential and too-often overlooked craft element. Bring three of your own poems-in-progress, and we’ll practice titling to entice the reader with a compelling frame and invitation.  (Sponsored by Olympia Poetry Network as part of the 2019 LaureateFest.)   Max class size is 20; as of late August, just a few spots left.

Registration info here.

LaureateFest: Washington State Poets Laureate Reading and Panel

Saturday, Sept. 21. Panel at 1p and readings at 7p. Norman Worthington Conference Center at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.

Featuring the full slate of Washington’s poets laureate, past and present: Samuel Green, Kathleen Flenniken, Elizabeth Austen, Tod Marshall and Claudia Castro Luna. Also featuring Olympia’s poet laureate, Sady Sparks.

Details about these FREE events here. Hosted by the Olympia Poetry Network, and sponsored by Saint Martin’s University, Denali Walden Massage, ArtsWA, Humanities Washington and Panorama.

LitCrawl Seattle

Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8p. Hugo House. Reading from “Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden” (Chin Music Press). With Alex Gallo-Brown and Shankar Narayan. Additional details as soon as I have them to share…

12 thoughts on “Events

  1. Rick


    I attended the reading tonight at Hugo House and was pleasantly surprised with both your and Erin’s readings. What struck me the most was the interplay of the contrast, your voices were equally vulnerable yet strong. Nice work. I’m looking forward to the High Point event since it’s in my ‘hood.

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    1. Catherine

      Heard your poem this morning on the Writers Almanac. Loved it so much I have printed it to read to a friend this evening. I am delighted to find your work.
      Catherine Irwin, Shepherdstown, WV

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  5. Greatly enjoyed reading your opus from front to back as you suggested at C&P Coffee on the 1st. Love your work. Also was glad to see you also know Tim Seibles. Tim and I used to drink coffee together in Norfolk when I was singing with Virginia Opera. He reintroduced me to modern poetry at a couple of his readings and I have been going ever since when time allows. I look forward to reading more of your work as soon as I can find it. Also, being an operatic bass it seems I sing always of death, heartbreak and sadness. I hope you are able to find that funny poem again and again. Life has enough darkness. All the best. Charlie Austin

  6. Michael Taskey

    Wow! Enjoyed your performance at Auburn Ave Theater. Lost myself listening to your voice and your words, I thought I was alone in the room. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts.

  7. Bonnie Bennetts

    Elizabeth! Just read an email from Stacey regarding your great news! Congratulations:) It makes me smile to remember you, our friendship and how well things are going. Enjoy. xo Bonnie

  8. Hello Elizabeth Austen, I heard you at the Quimper Fellowship in Port Townsend last night, Jan.30, 2015. I want to take a workshop from you but cannot find your list and schedule. Where do I find a 2015 schedule of nearest workshops?

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