Seattle Reading Roundup

Four Northwest poets will read Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at the new location of Porchlight Coffee & Records, 1318 E. Pike St..

Readers include Jamalieh Haley and Donald Dunbar, both up from Portland, joined by the Seattle area’s own Jane Wong and Rauan Klassnik.

Expect lots of trash talk ahead of Saturday’s Sounders-Timbers game.


Those hoping for a survey of the independent press landscape could do much worse than hang around Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., for the month of March.

The month’s first reading, on Friday, March 15, features Joshua Edwards, Farnoosh Fathi, and Lynn Xu.

Edwards and Xu, two Canarium Books editors, have had new work recently released, from Ugly Ducking Presse and Omnidawn Publishing, respectively, and recently published Fathi’s volume Great Guns.

Later in the month, on March 22, Maged Zaher will read from his latest collection, Thank You For the Window Office (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012).

Friday, March 29, Emily Kendal Frey and Kate Greenstreet will be reading at the store. Frey’s chapbook Baguette, published by Open Books’ own letterset imprint, will be available.

All readings begin promptly at 7.30 p.m. For more information, check out the Open Books website.


In other news, next week is also the time to double your Plumly.

Tuesday, March 19, Stanley Plumly will give a lecture about John Keats at Benaroya Hall at 7:30 pm, presumably drawing on his 2009 study of the poet, Posthumous Keats (Norton).

The following night at 7:30 pm, Plumly will be joined by Portland’s David Biespiel for a reading of their own poetry. The reading takes place in the Bullitt Cabaret at the ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street.


Bill Carty