Call for Poems Against Capital Punishment

From Sarah Zale:

Call for Poems: Death Penalty
The death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is, Do we deserve to kill?
― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

A total of 110 executions have been carried out in Washington State and its predecessor territories since 1849. Five executions have taken place since the death penalty was re-enacted November 4, 1975. Eight men are currently on death row. They can choose death by lethal injection or hanging.

On February 11, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee instituted a moratorium on capital punishment. He and Attorney General Bob Ferguson introduced legislation to abolish the death penalty in Washington State on January 16, 2017.

A bipartisan bill to abolish the death penalty passed the state Senate on February 14 on a 26-22 vote. SB 6052 now moves to the House of Representatives, and it is presently in committee.

Status of states regarding the death penalty: with, 31; without, 19; in moratorium, including Washington State, 4.
Readings set at Northwind Art Center Reading Series and Imprint Books / Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend. More locations wanted.

CALL for POEMS: In support of WA Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium and the passage of SB 6052, send poems for an immediate chapbook for readings around the state. The search for a publisher of an anthology is in progress. Out-of-state poems welcome for later anthology. Contact & submissions–Sarah Zale: sarahzpoetry@gmail.com

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Wendy Call At Easy Speak Rainier Beach

Wendy Call

5 March 2018

Jude’s Old Town Rainier Beach, 

9252 57th Ave S
Seattle WA 98118
(206)420-4889

 

The open mike starts at 8:00 (with sign-up prior to that). Wendy will come on between 8:40 and 8:50 and give us 20 minutes or so of work.

(photo by Kathy Cowell)

WENDY CALL has served as writer-in-residence at two dozen institutions, including Harborview Medical Center, Hugo House, North Cascades National Park, and Seattle University. She co-edited Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide (Penguin, 2007) and wrote No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy (Nebraska, 2011), winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in forty journals, including the Georgia Review, Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, Orion, Terrain, and Yes! Wendy created the literary map Sqebeqsed (Seward Park) Stories and co-produced the 2017 radio feature “You Will Not See Me Die.” Her current literary projects—writing essays and translating Mexican poetry—are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Seattle CityArtist Program, and the Wang Center of Pacific Lutheran University, where she teaches creative writing and environmental studies.

Visit Wendy’s website

Photo by John Froschauer

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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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