Blogging my book tour: Stop 12, Open Books, Seattle

I may be back in home sweet Seattle now, but that doesn’t mean that the business of Burn This House is on hiatus! Some exciting things have been afoot lately, including:

one very kind review at Shelf Awareness, 

and another very kind review at The Rumpus.

I am also VIDA’s Lady In The House this week at the blog Her Kind. 

And this past Sunday, I had the opportunity to read at Open Books, A Poem Emporium, which I believe to be one of the coolest bookstores in the world. An all-poetry bookstore in the heart of Seattle–what could be better than that? (One of the reasons I’m looking forward to AWP’s being in Seattle next year is the fact that poetry people from all over the country will have a chance to visit Open Books.)

Not only was it a treat to read in an iconic Seattle literary landmark on the anniversary of its founding, but it was also a special occasion because it was my first hometown reading in support of Burn This House. Reading to an audience that included so many people I love was a shot in the literary arm after many days on the road, and there’s nothing like Seattleites’ literary spirit to make a poet feel welcome. On top of all that, I got to read with the fantastic Jeannine Gailey, whose impressive new collection, Unexplained Fevers, is just out from New Binary Press.

That’s what I call a hometown welcome!

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