W.S. Merwin & Friends is a benefit reading in support of the nonprofit poetry publisher, Copper Canyon Press at Town Hall. The Thursday, February 4 event at 7PM features W.S. Merwin, who won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for “The Shadow of Sirius,” as well as readings by a younger generation of Copper Canyon Press poets–Erin Belieu, Ben Lerner, Valzhyna Mort, and Matthew Zapruder.A book signing will follow the reading and a commemorative, letterpress broadside will be available.This event is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co.  To purchase advance tickets, visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/93832 Radio-Heads up:  W.S. Merwin will be on KUOW’s “Weekday” 9:00 Thursday morning, Feb 4. It is a call-in show, so if you have a question you always wanted to ask William, now’s your time to ask it in a public forum for all to hear. Also, the four poets who will be appearing with Merwin have each written a blog entry about WSM’s influence, which will be posted in serial form over the coming days on seattlepi.com’s “Book Patrol.”  Check it out.

Pacific Northwest Coast Prints

by Andrew Dexel, Peter Boome, Maynard Johnny Jr., Joshua Prescott, LessLIE, Terry Starr February 6 – 28, 2010, Saturday, February 6, at 11:00 am. The Steinbrueck Native Gallery | 2030 Western Avenue | Suite B | Seattle | WA | 98121

Nelson y Madueño at Elliott Bay Book Company, Friday, Feb 5 at 7P

(From Elliot Bay Books): A month rich in poetry contains this reading by two poets with deep roots in their respective literary communities, from their years of teaching, curating and documenting fellow poets, and their own work as artists. Paul Nelson, well known to many hereabouts as founder of Global Voices Radio and a co-founder of the Northwest Spokenword LAB, reads from his much-awaited book-length poem on the history of Auburn, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House). Joining him this evening is visiting poet Amalio Madueño, who lives and writes in the Rio Arriba area, near Taos, New Mexico. A past president of the Taos Poetry Circus and the author of several chapbooks and collections, he will read from recent work, some of which is included in Lost in the Chamiso (Wild Embers Press), while more will be in the forthcoming collection, Bosque Stream (coming in fall 2010).


The Elliott Bay Book Company 101 S. Main St. Seattle, Washington 98104


Tuesday, Feb 2 at 7P, we resume our weekly writer’s critique circle, Living Room, in the 2nd floor lounge of the Columbia City Cinema, 4816 Rainier Av S. Come to read new work, come to read the work of someone else, or come just to be in the engaging company of other writers. Info: 206.422.5002

We hope to see you.




1513 14TH AVENUE (between pine and pike)

a potluck gathering to remember roberto,
to acknowledge and share our feelings,
and to tell our stories


an evening in early march (details to follow)
with roberto’s paintings, books, poems and recordings
and performances by his many talented friends
to celebrate his life and art

From Aaron Belz:


You’re my man in the great Northwest (congratulations). Would you please
view this, and if you like it, forward it willy-nilly to everyone you know
who also might like it?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io0nUeDp7Ks

I need a little buzz for the new book. If you’re as loathe as I am to
forward links, I hope you’ll take one for the team this time.