WordsWest Literary Series
Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Susan Rich
"Expanding Existence" - A National Poetry Month Celebration
Wed., April 18, 2018, 7pm, C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW
Favorite Poem & Book Sales by Abi Pollokoff of Open Books
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. Her newest collection of poems, OCEANIC, is forthcoming with Copper Canyon Press in April 2018. She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, WORLD OF WONDER (2019, Milkweed), and three previous poetry collections: LUCKY FISH (2011), AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO (2007), and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003)–all from Tupelo Press. Her most recent chapbook is LACE & PYRITE, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay. She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize.
Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. Along with Brian Turner and Jared Hawkley, she is editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders. Rich’s poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Northwest Review, Poetry International and The Southern Review. Susan is an alumna of Hedgebrook, the Helen Whiteley Center and the Ucross Foundation. She serves on the boards of Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge Press and Whit Press.
Favorite Poem & Book Sales
by Abi Pollokoff of Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA
Open Books is a 500-square-foot shop brimming with more than 10,000 new, used, and out-of-print poetry books, as well as a selection of titles about poetry. You’ll find a broad range of volumes on the shelves from publishers huge, tiny, and in between. Open Books also purchases a wide array of used books to maintain what a continually varied and interesting stock.
- May 16, 2018 - Writers/poets Rachel Kessler and Matthew Zapruder.
- June 20, 2018 - Annual Kids Night featuring Suzanne Selfors (Ever After High series; Spirit Riding Free; Wedgie and Gizmo) and Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn series; Ozy and Millie). Special start time of 6pm; Favorite Poem and book sales by Burien's Page 2 Books.