Open Books Open House

Open Books LogoIt is a rather remarkable thing to have in a city: an all-poetry bookstore. Cambridge, MA and Boulder, CO, are the only two USAmerican cities (besides Seattle) I believe with such a cultural nexus. And for many years the people who made Seattle’s all poetry bookstore possible, John Marshall and Christine Deavel, have run Open Books with grace, vast poetry knowledge and a sense of community. Both fine poets (published in Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia) they are displaying their commitment to Seattle’s poetry community by ensuring a good transition as they sell the store to Billie Swift. (No, not the former Mariner reliever, the brand-new PLU MFA. WooHoo!) Go to the open house and buy a book for God’s sake.

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Here is the party info:

Dear Friends of the Store,
The transition of ownership of Open Books from Christine Deavel and John W. Marshall to Billie Swift is right around the corner! The public commemoration/celebration will happen as a series of Open Houses over three consecutive nights, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28. Here’s a link to more information posted on our website. (6-8pm)
 
And books! They continue to be published, shipped, purchased, and read, even though we have been so engaged in the business of transition that we haven’t been letting you know about the wonders that have been arriving by the cartonful. Since last we wrote, the store’s received new books by some well-known poets — Alice Oswald, Falling Awake ($25.95 Norton), Alice Notley, Certain Magical Acts ($20 Penguin), Ben Lerner, The Hatred of Poetry ($12 FSG), Rita Dove, Collected Poems: 1974-2004 ($39.95 Norton), and Marie Ponsot’s Collected Poems ($35 Knopf). A large number of fine books by younger poets has arrived, too. Alexander has written up and posted two from that number, those being The Hermit by Lucy Ives ($17.95 Song Cave) and The Orchard Green and Every Color by Zach Savich ($17.95 Omnidawn). Please give those write-ups a look.
And, finally, we have added a listing of more than one hundred used books in all price ranges to our website. Linger a while there and see if something calls to you. And of course feel free to contact us for more information about any of those books.
Thank you for your support of Open Books for all these years, and for your support of the store for years and years to come!
Now, let’s close this newsletter with a sweet poem of awareness and beginnings from W.S. Merwin’s new collection, Garden Time ($24 Copper Canyon).
— John, Alexander, Billie, and Christine (bookkeeper+)
Rain at Daybreak
One at a time the drops find their own leaves
then others follow as the story spreads
they arrive unseen among the waking doves
who answer from the sleep of the valley
there is no other voice or other time
— W.S. Merwin

 

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August Poetry Postcard Fest

postcardThe Tenth August Poetry Postcard Fest is under way and there are a few good links to get caught up with how that is going:

The information page with the countdown to NEXT YEAR’s CALL is here.

The gift aspect of the fest in many of its manifestations is here.

Ina Roy-Faderman’s wonderful testimonial is here.

56 Days of August imageThe postcard anthology she is spearheading is here.

That this fest benefits SPLAB and the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival is a huge gift to SPLAB. Thank you participants.

 

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Bob Kaufman Documentary

From NW Film Forum:

Hello Seattle Poetics LAB,

Bob KaufmanWe are reaching out to you about a rare Seattle presentation of And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead, at Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill June 29-July 2nd.

And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead (2015) is a documentary that tells the story of poet Bob Kaufman, sometimes considered “the American Rimbaud.” The film is directed by Billy Woodberry, who was part of the LA Rebellion—a group of African American filmmakers that included Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, and Haile Germina who studied at UCLA Film School in the late 1960s-1980s and created a cinema alternative to Hollywood. Woodberry explains that his film “weaves [Kaufman’s] artistic triumph as a triumph of radical politics surviving and inspiring against all odds.”

Here’s a link to the film on our site with showtimes and more information.

We are excited to present a stunning DCP projection of the film on the big screen and would greatly appreciate if you passed the word along to your network in an email or via social media!

Best regards,

Joseph Eusebio

Northwest Film Forum

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Give Big – Seattle Foundation, Cascadia Poetry Festival

Give Big 1For the first year SPLAB is participating in the Seattle Foundation’s Give Big program. The Seattle Foundation was a supporter of SPLAB from back in our Auburn days (1997-2004), and our 2016 goal is modest, $3,500.

We want to guarantee a sold-out house for the 4th Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle, November 3-6, at Spring Street Center. We have secured a remarkable lineup: Brenda Hillman, Daphne Marlatt, Colleen McElroy, Sam Hamill, Roger Fernandez, Sarah DeLeeuw, Janie Miller, Peter Munro, Judith Roche, Marilyn Stablein and others in the intimate setting of the Spring Street Center for Mainstage readings, the Living Room democratic reading, panels, workshops and a tribute to Denise Levertov, including a ritual walk to her grave in Lake View Cemetery.

Cascadia Poetry Festival logoOur goal is 100 contributions of at least $35, which will guarantee the giver a Gold Pass to attend all festival events.* Please consider supporting this work via Give Big, as festival tickets will not be available until July 4 and thanks in advance for your support of the work of SPLAB since the founding of the organization in 1993. Other levels of sponsorship can be viewed here: http://cascadiapoetryfestival.org/2016-sponsorship-opportunities/

*Space is limited in the venue, so please arrive early to ensure a good seat.

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