Poetry and Prose this Spring in Seattle

It’s spring–it must be. We’ve lost that hour of sleep, after all, and I have seen at least a few blossoms on trees. Spring also means an embarrassment of literary riches in the Northwest, as writers and readers crawl out from under the 6 months of constant rain for a bit of mixing and mingling. Here are some great upcoming opportunities in the area:

Tomorrow, Susan Rich will read from her new collection, Cloud Pharmacy, at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 16, at Open Books in Seattle. You can see what The Seattle Times has to say about Susan’s book here.

Poet Carolyne Wright will offer a new course at Richard Hugo House beginning later this month.  Miracles for Breakfast: Writing Like Elizabeth Bishop & Friends promises to be an excellent primer in working with the poetic forms. As a former student of Carolyne’s, I can attest to the fact that, if you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of formal verse, Carolyne is not only the woman for the job, but she’s also one of the most supportive, fun teachers around.

Nonfiction writer Wendy Call will also offer a new course at Hugo House: a brand new class called “Authoring Change: Writing Socially Engaged Nonfiction,” that will run for six Wednesdays beginning April 30. If you’re looking to engage both your literary sensibilities and the culture around you, this course is your bag.

Finally, if you’re just in the mood to curl up with a great book (not everybody can get to Seattle for these events, I know), let me remind you that, this week, the new poetry anthology The Burden of Light, is available on a pay-what-you-will basis. Through lyrical verse, experimental forms, powerful imagery, and an innovative use of digital multimedia technology, this collection introduces new readers to contemporary poetry, while bringing many audiences back to verse with a reminder of its intellectual force and powers of emotional healing. And with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, even a small donation from one has the power to effect change when added to the contributions of others!

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