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FolkLife Festival Northwest FolkLife Festival 2001 is Memorial Day Weekend, at the Seattle Center.
BookstoresPacific Northwest Used Bookstore Guide
Seattle Used Bookstore Guide
IndependentReader.com: Independent bookstores online
Powells Books, the Portland landmark, online
Our favorites in Seattle:
LLOYD'S BELLTOWN BOOKS is no more
LLoyd's rent was raised and he's moving out to Aurora. He'll be operating out of his home for awhile. email email@example.com.
one of the organizers of the 1997 Poetry Circus
Seattle WA 98109
PISTIL BOOK & NEWS
one of the sponsors of the 1998 Seattle Poetry Festival
1013 E Pike
M-TH 10-10 F/SAT 10-MIDNITE, SUN 10-8
LIT, WOMEN, POETRY, SEX, EROTICA, GENERAL; POSTCARDS
Our favorite non-used-bookstores:
Elliott Bay Books 101 S Main St
Seattle, WA 98104
They have a large local interest section, a staff that loves books, they participate in local events like Bookfest, and they have many nationally known writers come to read at the store, often for free. Including StreetWrites.
1833 Nagle Place
Seattle WA 98122
A radical collective, Revolution Books carries our chapbooks and has been very supportive of WHEEL, Real Change, and StreetWrites.
OPEN BOOKS: A Poetry Emporium
2414 -N 45th
Seattle WA 98103
TUES-THURSDAY, SAT 11-6, FRI 11-8
Open Books is very supportive of all local poets. They hold the current record of StreetWrites chapbooks sold. :)
M Coy Books
117 Pine Street
Seattle WA 98101
books, magazines, espresso and pastries
Lloyd sent me down there one day when he didn't have the book I was trying to find, himself. M Coy carries not only major magazines, but local zines; and anyplace you can drink coffee while reading a book is a Good Place. Or, at least, a very Seattle Place.
Here is a strong recommendation for Bailey Coy Books.
Did we mention the Northwest Bookfest?If you are at all interested in books, you can't miss this two-day literary festival on the Seattle waterfront. Readings, discussions, booths from all the literary venues of the Northwest, and books, books, books, books, books ...
Don't miss the StreetWrites panel on October 21st 3:45PM-5PM
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Locate Your Next Artist's DateUh-uh. Updating your website doesn't count as an Artist's Date. Not even finishing your next chapter counts as an Artist's Date. An Artist's Date (named by Julie Cameron) is one time a week you take off and do something that inspires and nourishes you as an artist. It may be getting outdoors, vistiting an art museum, or roller-skating, but it should be different than what you do every day.
And we're supposed to be writing and updating our websites every day, aren't we? :)
Some places to look for your next artist's date: Seattle Sidewalk.com
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StreetWrites Open MicEvery 2nd and 4th Sunday Noon-3PM
2129 Second Avenue (& Blanchard) No cover
October 8: Book Release Party for Drive-By Writing, the third StreetWrites anthology
Red Sky Poetry TheatreEvery Sunday 8PM (Signup 7:30PM)
1531 14th Avenue
Seattle's longest-established poetry venue. An older crowd, with many published poets, very warm and supportive atmosphere. Good food from poet and baker Robin Schultz, and one of the largest collections of chapbooks for sale in the city. It's a large crowd, so readings are usually limited to one poem, not over three minutes long. Everyone is asked to donate $2, so that Red Sky can continue their radical practice of actually paying their Featured Readers (and guest musicians). You too may be a Featured Reader someday -- donate freely!
Salon Productions, featured readers and an open mic, all ages.ISBN, Every Monday, Signup 7:30, reading starts at 8. Habitat Espresso 202 Broadway East. Contact James Newman/Salon Productions, firstname.lastname@example.org
Homeland, Every Tuesday, Signup 7:30, reading starts at 8. Globe Cafe 1531 14th Avenue.
665, Every Thursday, Signup 7:30, reading starts at 8. Four Angels Cafe 1400 14th Ave. at Union. Contact Sarah Sharp or James Newman, Salon Productions, email@example.com
Seven minutes per reader. A young crowd, with a lot of experimental and adventurous poetry. A very encouraging atmosphere. For more information, please call 264-5139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle Poetry SlamEvery Wednesday 9PMSee the Slamnation video
206 First Avenue (at Washington)
Your choice to sign up for either the Open Mic or the Open Slam. Three minute time limit on either one, but if you do well you can get on stage for more rounds in the Slam. $3 cover charge, but you could win it back in the Slam.
Format is: musician, short open mike, musician, featured poet, slam. Performer's note: the musician, the featured poet and the slam winner get paid.
Contact: Allison Durazzi, (206) 890-2641, email@example.com
It's About Time Writer's Reading Series
beginning and experienced writers read from their work2nd Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 13, 2000 - December 14, 2000
Seattle Public Library, 5009 Roosevelt Way NE
Wheelchair accessible by arrangement. (206) 684-4063
Open mic precedes and follows scheduled readers. Free. For more information call Esther Altshul Helfgott (206) 527-8875 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Verbal Tea3rd Fridays
At Solstice on University Ave in the U District
run by Mikhael Moore
3rd & Yesler (Prefontaine Building)
The Poetry ExperienceLangston Hughes Cultural Arts Center
run by Rajnii Eddins
2 Mondays each month
SPLAB, the Northwest SPokenword LAB, is an Auburn-based organization that has many creative workshops and open reading events.
Real 2 Reel is a series sponsored by 11th Hour Productions."Every second Tuesday of the month, we send a buzz through the Speakeasy Internet Café with an evening of live performance and literary film. Readers include seasoned and new performers from the traditional literary community, plus poets representing other artistic disciplines, such as theater, hip-hop, and rock."The Speakeasy is located at 2304 - 2nd Avenue in the Belltown neighborhood of downtown Seattle. The show starts at 7:30 pm ($5 cover).
Check out current events at Richard Hugo House
Bainbridge Island Calendar of Arts and Cultural Events
Point No Point has an Events calendar also. It hasn't been updated in awhile, but most of the venues have contact numbers for current information.
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WorkshopsStreetWrites workshop for homeless and low-income writers. Group workshops at several different times of the week; individual assistance also available. Word processing and desktop publishing equipment is available for use, with instruction to help you use it.
Seattle is home to the annual workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy, Clarion West.
Writers Cramp is a writers group that has been meeting in West Seattle for a number of years."Our focus is science fiction and fantasy, but we are open to exploring and helping with virtually every other form of fiction. Our members include Clarion West graduates and a winner of the Writers of the Future Contest."
The Seattle Writers Association is a local Seattle group that meets monthly.
The Northwest Christian Writers Association is a Seattle area writers group that meets once a month through the school year. They also publish a newsletter called the NW Christian Author.
- Tacoma Chapter Romance Writers of America
- Contact: Teresa Norman, President
- PO Box 14073
- Tumwater, WA 98511-4073
- Or: E-mail from Website
- Meets: University Place Branch, Pierce County Library
- 3605 Bridgeport Way W.
- Third Monday, 7:00 p.m. (except July/August)
- Website: http://www.tacomarwa.8m.com/
Western Washington Writers meet in Olympia; "dedicated to helping South Sound writers achieve their literary goals."
Oregon Writers Colony has a diversity of workshops and seminars hosted by top writers and other talents.
The Willamette Writers is a group meeting in Portland, Oregon.
The Canadian Romance Writers Network is open to all Canadian writers published in the romance genre.
The Federation of British Columbia Writers "is the voice of writers in British Columbia - supporting, developing, and educating writers; and fostering a community for writing throughout the province."
Mystery Writers of Northern California have an extensive webpage of resources.
San Francisco Bay Area Writers Groups is an extensive listing of other local groups in that area.
The Six Foot Ferret Writers Group has a website of information for anyone interested in setting up their own writers group.
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Other ResourcesRichard Hugo House
Point No Point and the Applied Poetics Laboratory
If you haven't been lucky enough to visit with Vonda McIntyre in person, you can find her helpful, insightful and iconoclastic spirit at Vonda N. McIntyre's Stripped-Down Souped-Up Vehicle Revving on the Verge of the Information Superhighway
Kalliope, a poetry workshop based on original exercises; archives at the site; lists of poetry resources.
StreetWrites Recommended Online Writers Workshops and Writers Webrings
Links to more writers resources.
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Open Mics, Workshops, Classes, Bookstores, Events ...
ACTUAL WRITING ~ StreetWrites about Seattle
Time is a machine.
Space is a distance between.
Sunset at Alki.
~~ Barbara Mosely
Seattle Jabberwalk by Anitra L. Freeman
Peter and I at the Ballard Locks by Anitra L. Freeman
Mother Escapes by Anitra L. Freeman
Project Equinox Poem by Anitra L. Freeman
Hairy pirate guys
run past my window every summer.
I've never caught one.
~~ Anitra L. Freeman
Street Artist by Storm
Homeless Women's Prayer by Storm, with art by Ako
Dirty Rotten Lowdown Homeless in Seattle Blues by Storm
~~Cindy, Wes Browning's Muse
"*Elizabeth*", by Cindy
Trees outnumber *Elizabeth*
Clouds blossom Streets carpet
Locks harbor Walls garden
Glass pictures Steel poses
Lamps fountain Stones nurture
surround and defend....
Project Equinox Poem by Wes Browning
TOPS written by Pete McInerney, Wes Browing, and Stan Burriss
The Tire Iron Incident by Wes Browning
A West Seattle Fare by Wes Browning
The Montlake Landfill Story by Wes Browning
Overheard in the Men's Room of the OK Hotel During the Seattle Poetry Slam
by Wes Browning
Blackbird hangs in wind
Motionless among snowflakes.
~~ Wes Browning
Buffalo Dreams/Survivors by Cynthia Ozimek
Seattle Morn by Michael G. Sloan
Other Faith by Stan Burriss
Drunk staggers under the carapace of glass and metal
I watch through the stained window
as a leaf drifts and scrapes on the brick wall
I walk to the pier, leaning on the rail;
green waves become symmetrical ferns in cedar.
Across the bay wisps of white on the mountains
linger like words on the tongues of my elders.
A sea gull caws.
My cigarette faintly hisses in the water.
11 June 1993
Genesis by Earle Thompson
Exodus by Earle Thompson
A Grandfather's Legend: Coyote's Making of the Stars by Earle Thompson
Living in the House of Change
Other Washington Poems from Project Equinox
Seattle Images for Webpage Graphics
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