WordsWest Literary Series presents
Claudia Rowe & Anastacia Renee Tolbert
Wed., January 18, 2017, 7pm, C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW
Claudia Rowe is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones and the Seattle Times, where she is a staff reporter. Her twenty-five year career has been driven by an effort to understand motivation, especially that which appears most extreme. Those questions anchor Claudia’s first book, The Spider and the Fly: a Reporter, a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder, which is forthcoming from HarperCollins at the end of January 2017. A work of literary nonfiction and memoir, The Spider and the Fly explores questions of race, misogyny and the mutual manipulation at the heart of the relationship between a writer and her source.
Anastacia Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jack Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust. She was recently selected as the 2015-16 Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, a place for writers in Seattle. Her Chapbook 26, published by Dancing Girl Press, is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls. Her poetry, & fiction have been published in Literary Orphans, Bitterzoet, Radius Poetry, Seattle Review, Duende, Bone Bouquet, Dressing Room Poetry and many more. Recently Anastacia Renee has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited installations surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. Lately she's been obsessed with the body's memory and infatuated by myths, fables & imaginary truths.
by Jane Hodges of Mineral School
Mineral School nurtures literary, performing, and visual artists to generate new work and present that work to the public. It accomplishes this through both an overnight artists residency program and public events. Mineral School's bold vision is to be a mountainside arts oasis in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, a place where visiting visual, performing, and literary artists will work in solitude within their studios, then connect as they wish over meals and at leisure, sharing ideas and perspectives with one another and the community.
- February 15, 2017 - Poet/performer Sierra Nelson and poet/playwright Ann Teplick. Sponsorship and Favorite Poem by Hedgebrook, a non-profit retreat for women writers.
- March 15, 2017 - Novelist Donna Miscolta and poet Shankar Narayan. Favorite Poem by ACLU of Washington.
- April 19, 2017 - Celebrate National Poetry Month with poets Terrance Hayes and Jane Wong! Favorite Poem and book sales by Billie Swift of Open Books: A Poem Emporium.