I remember the late Marion Kimes saying that Red Sky Poetry Theater was successful in part because of some of the spinoff groups that came from it, including Subtext and SPLAB. SPLAB takes a modicum of pride in the highly successful Breadline reading series which was started by three Seattle poets who met at the old SPLAB venue in Columbia City. Greg Bem, Alex Bleecker and Jeremy Springsteed created a multi-media reading on Capitol Hill which garnered great reviews, had excellent attendance an was not afraid to put a molecular biologist on the mic between a poet and a rock band. Their last event is June 17 and it coincides with the release of an anthology they’ve created taken from many of the featured readers over the years. What was happening in Seattle writing between 2011 and 2015? The anthology will give you a very good sense of that. Congrats Breadliners. Now get some rest before your next projects.
In the interview, Gutiérrez y Muhs discusses her journey from child farmworker to a professor with multiple degrees from multiple institutions, including Stanford University and Occidental College, and explains the values she learned from her working class background that she was able to incorporate later into academia. She also mentions her role as the 2018-2020 Theiline Pigott McCone Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Seattle University and her role as editor for Presumed Incompetent, both positions allowing her to focus on uplifting Chicanx and Latinx voices and highlight experiences of unequal treatment for POC, queer and working class people in academia.