Claudia Castro Luna at Easy Speak Rainier Beach

5 February 2018

Jude’s Old Town Rainier Beach

The open mike starts at 8:00 (with sign-up prior to that. Usually a 5 minute time limit w/ readers chosen at random from the list). Claudia will come on around 8:50 and give us 20 minutes or so of work.

CLAUDIA CASTRO LUNA is the Washington State Poet Laureate, 2018 – 2020. Castro Luna fled war-torn El Salvador for the United States at the age of 14 with her family, and went on to earn an MFA in poetry and an MA in urban planning. After working as a K-12 teacher, she became Seattle’s first Civic Poet, a position appointed by the mayor. In that position, Castro Luna won acclaim for her Seattle Poetic Grid, an online interactive map of showcasing poems about different locations around the city. The grid even landed her an interview on PBS NewsHour. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook This City and the collection Killing Marías. See Paul Nelson’s interview with Claudia here.

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Easy Speak Rainier Beach poster

Join us for the 2nd Easy Speak Rainier Beach on New Year’s Day 2018!

Are we waiting for poetry in the new year? NO!

All open mic at a special time 5-8pm at Jude’s, with craft cocktails, tasty dinner items and YOUR OPEN MIC performance. More info here.

Jude’s Old Town 9254 57th Av S, Seattle, WA, right off the 7 Metro Bus headed to Prentice.

 

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Easy Speak Rainier Beach

It is with great excitement that we announce an extension of the popular Easy Speak reading series to Jude’s Old Town in Rainier Beach on the first Monday of each month beginning on December 4, 2017. The Easy Speak series started five years ago at the Wedgwood Ale House and continues to attract good crowds who listen well and participate in an open mic that is the best in Seattle since Red Sky Poetry Theater ended in 2005.

SPLAB has not had a presence in our home neighborhood since the Columbia City SPLAB in the old Columbia School featured a well-attended writer’s critique circle and special events like the Ginsberg Marathon and visits by Nate Mackey, Brenda Hillman, Cedar Sigo and CA Conrad, among others. Now that we are in Rainier Beach, we’re delighted to have a literary beachhead. Jude’s is generally not open on Mondays, but will make an exception for us. They’ll feature a limited menu and their specialty cocktails made from locally-distilled alcohol. We are grateful for their support.

Our first featured reader is the new Civic Poet of Seattle, Anastacia Renee. The former 2015-2017 Poet- in-Residence at Hugo House is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.),(Gramma Press), Answer( M e) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press) and her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely.

In addition, music for the evening will be provided by the Jim O’Halloran Trio, featuring Jim on flutes, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass and Jacques Willis on drums.

Come on out, read a poem, play a tune, or come just to listen and enjoy a night of music and literary art. We hope to see you on December 4, New Year’s Day, or any of the upcoming first Mondays.

Dec 4 – Anastacia Renee
Jan 1 – New Year’s Day Matinee, 5-8pm all Open Mic
Feb 5 – Claudia Castro-Luna
Mar 5 – Wendy Call
Apr 2 – T. Clear

 

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Video from CPF5, Tacoma 2017

Thanks to Ra’anan David, video of the main events from the 5th Cascadia Poetry Festival, held October 12-15, 2017, in Tacoma, are now online:

7:30 Friday Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: Patricia Smith, Bruce Weigl, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucia Misch and Philip Red Eagle. MC – Jared Leising.

War Poetry/ Veterans Panel. MC – Abby Murray. Scheduled panelists, Philip Red Eagle, Bruce Weigl, Doug Johnson, Gary Copeland Lilley & Simone Gorrindo.

Tacoma’s Richard Brautigan: Life and Legacy Panel. MC – Nadine Antoinette Maestas. Scheduled panelists: Ianthe Brautigan, CAConrad, Tod Marshall and John Tanner.

Saturday Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: Ianthe Brautigan, C.A. Conrad, Sharon Thesen, Gary Lilley and Tod Marshall. MC – Thomas Walton.

Brautigan/Bernstein Plaque Unveiling:

Closing reading, Michael McClure, 5 days before he turned 85 years old.

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