Seattle Readings + Poetry Trivia!!

There is no “June Swoon” for Seattle poetry events. The next few weeks bring a diverse selection of book releases, marathon readings, “regular-old” readings, and trivia (!?) contests.

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For those sticking around this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m. Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave., will host “One Night Stand,” a reading featuring poets from near and far, including Jane Wong, Nick Sturm, Stephen Danos, Brittany Dennison and Justin Boening.

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Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m., SPLAB will host the 12th Annual Allen Ginsberg reading marathon/fundraiser at the Spring Street Center, 1101 15th Ave. The event features performances by Jack Remnick and the Four Hoarse Men, a panel on Ginsberg’s LBGTQ poetics moderated by Nadine Maestas, events hosted by Paul Nelson and Greg Bem and a series of movies, writing exercises and assorted shenanigans.

The full schedule is here. Be sure to check out the event’s poster, designed by Tessa Hulls.

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Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m., Wave Books will host a poetry trivia night at Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave. Poet and editor Joshua Beckman will be on hand to “moderate/settle disputes.” Come for the prizes, stay for the deep shame in revealing all the gaps in your poetic knowledge. BYOB!

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The Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., is hosting a couple of poetry release parties in the coming weeks. Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m., Rebecca Hoogs will celebrate her debut collection, Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin State University Press). She will be joined on stage by fellow Seattle poets Kevin Craft, Rachel Kessler, Sierra Nelson and Jason Whitmarsh.

Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m., Ed Skoog will return to Seattle to read from his second collection, Rough Day (Copper Canyon Press). The event will feature music from the Gloria Darlings as well as Jon Pontrello and Kevin Murphy of the Moondoggies.

 

–Bill Carty