Crossing a bridge and reading on Tuesday

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

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

Manuscript mashup and upcoming events

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.)

October events

Nothing like sneaking in at the last minute–but the October fun starts tomorrow, October 8, with the launch of Judith Skillman’s new book Broken Lines–The Art & Craft of Poetry. Stop in at The Spring Street Center to hear Judith read excerpts. Judith also included poems in the book–and some of us will be reading: Joan Swift, Anne Pitkin, Roberta Feins, Christianne Balk, Michael Spence, and me. The Spring Street Center, 1101 15th Avenue, Seattle, 7:00 p.m.

Moving right along to Thursday, October 10, in Ballard: the It’s About Time reading with Ruby Murray and Elissa Washuta and me. I’ll be reading from Into the Rumored Spring, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. (The NFL players wear pink, I read poems). Plus Elizabeth Austin will speak on The Writer’s Craft: Poems Aloud, Poems Alive. Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle, 6:00 p.m.

Next Monday, October 14, at Richard Hugo House, come hear the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award Reading, featuring the award-winning Ghost House, by Hannah Faith Notess, and the runner-up Scarecrow Bride, by Arlene Nagawana. Also reading will be the finalists: Linda Malnack (21 Boxes), Kevin Miller (Smoke and Miracles), and me (Let Slip from Anchors). I’m honored to be a part of this group. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, 7:00 p.m.

At the end of the month, on Thursday, October 24, at Jack Straw Studios, it’s the Floating Bridge Review Gala. Many poets! An extravaganza of poems. Jack Straw Studios, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, 7:30 p.m.

Sneak peak into November

I’ll be participating in a discussion on craft at University Bookstore, November 22. More details to come.



Elliott Bay Saturday, and then HOME

Just a quick reminder that Marjorie Manwaring and I are reading tomorrow at The Elliott Bay Book Company at 5:00 PM.

Marjorie will read from her recently published chapbook What to Make of a Diminished Thing (Dancing Girl Press) and I’ll read from Into the Rumored Spring (Ravenna Press).

I’m grateful for this opportunity to read during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks, Marjorie!

Elliott Bay Book Co. is in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood:
1521 Tenth Avenue
There’s a pay parking lot underneath the store, metered street parking, and nearby pay lots, including the Seattle Central Community College parking garage.

I hope to see you Saturday!

Next month, I’m going to emcee at Deborah Birrane’s project HOME, open to the public on November 9 & 10. Deborah’s a beautiful dancer, and I appreciate getting to participate even though I’m no longer dancing. As part of the project, I’m hopping down to Pioneer Square this afternoon to lead a class on movement and writing.

Not what you’d expect: Pocket poetry reading this Sunday

Cody Walker and I will be reading Sunday, August 26, at 4:00 as part of the Pocket Concert series from Unexpected Arts and Jack Straw. It’s part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations for both the Seattle Center and Jack Straw. And it will be fun! (If you’ve heard Cody–former Seattle Poet Populist–read before, you know it will be fun.)

Join us for a half hour at the Seattle Center’s Poetry Garden (the fancy name for a pocket at the Southeast corner of the fountain). But in case of the unexpected, look for our signs.