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My cat is very good at self-promotion. He will announce his needs with authority at 1:00 in the morning or at 4:00 or right this minute. He will sing his presence just to hear his own voice.

I could take a hint from him (he says, yes and give me more food). I am terrible at self-promotion, but here goes:

Tuesday, September 20 (yes! a mere two days from now!) I’m driving across the lake to read at Island Books, along with the wonderful poets Michael Spence, Donald Kentop, Laura Totten, and Jeannine Hall Gailey–who has a brand-new book out!

Plus snacks! Plus wine! On a Tuesday!

Here are the details:

Tuesday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Island Books
3014 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island
206-232-6920

I hope to see you there. For now, I’ll feed the cat.

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Last night I read the Louise Glück interview in Poets & Writers, and felt a little better about struggling with my current manuscript. My latest tactic has been to weave in the newer poems I’ve been writing, which kind of explore the same thing, but from a different angle. I have no idea whether it works, and I feel like I should be able to tell (should)–but I’m too close to it, and have been close to some of these poems for nearly four years. So I have sent it off to a trusted reader (my sister). I’m also considering retitling it (for the third time). As a process geek, I ought to be loving this. Tinker, tinker… push words around on a page.

In the meantime, upcoming events!

Sunday, September 14, I’m reading at The Elliott Bay Book Company with Oliver de la Paz, whose new book Post Subject: A Fable is sizzling off the presses. Yes, I’ve posted this on Facebook and I’ll send out email, too. It’s always a pleasure to go to Elliott Bay, and I’m so excited to hear Oliver’s new poems and pick up a copy of his book. The reading starts at 3:00 p.m. 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA.

LiTFUSE is September 26-28. (I just had to throw that in. If you haven’t been, come!)

Monday, September 29, Judith Skillman, Elizabeth Davis, and I will read at Horizon House–and there will be an open mic. I’m hoping to hear many residents read their poems! Thanks go to our moms for putting this together. The reading starts at 7:30 p.m. 900 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101

And then we’re into October! On October 2, I’ll be reading at Phoenix Tea in Burien, at 7:00 p.m. There will also be an open mic, so come on down and bring your poems to share. 902 SW 152nd Street, Burien, WA

Enjoy your August. (Today is a special August day for me: My son turns 24. Thoughts roll back to that summer day, the waiting, and then the arrival, the years ahead.)

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