Open Books Schedule

Open Books, one of two all-poetry bookstores in the U.S. (The only one west of Cambridge, MA.)

Three important upcoming readings:

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 07:30 PM

BRENDA HILLMAN

Brenda Hillman reads from Practical Water (Wesleyan University Press), the third volume, following Cascadia and Pieces of Air in the Epic, in her series of meditations on the elements. She is the author of eight collections of poetry and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, the editor of The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood. She is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary’s College and works with CodePink, a social justice organization against war. Ms. Hillman received the William Carlos Williams Award for Pieces of Air in the Epic.

Thursday, December 03, 2009 at 07:30 PM

THOMAS PRUIKSMA

Thomas Pruiksma joins us to present Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar (to be published in November by Red Hen Press), a bilingual selection of poems he translated from the work of the 12th century Tamil poet Avvaiyar, considered one of the most important female poets in Tamil’s 2500-year literary history, and one of the best known of either gender. He will read the poems both in English and in Tamil. A resident of Vashon Island, his other books include A Feast for the Tongue: Forty Servings of Spoken Tamil with Helpings of Equally Spoken English, co-authored with Dr. K.V. Ramakoti, and The Body and the Earth: Notes from a Conversation, with the artist C.F. John.

Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 07:30 PM

MAGED ZAHER

Maged Zaher joins us to read from Portrait of the Poet as an Engineer, published by Pressed Wafer. A resident of Seattle, he was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned an M.Sc. degree in structural engineering, specializing in computer aided design. In 1995, he led the team that did the analysis of the seismic effect on the Meridian high rise hotel in Giza, Egypt. In 1998 he earned a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Akron, Ohio. He has worked at many large software companies, and participated in building products such as AutoCad, Hotmail, Windows Presentation Foundations, and Microsoft Student. His main areas of interest are API (Application Programming Interface) design and building scalable and flexible SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) systems. His collaboration with Pam Brown, Farout Library Software, was published by Tinfish Press in 2007.

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
This entry was posted in Blog. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *