These events came in too late for me to add to our readings calendar, but you should definitely know about them: This coming Sunday, December 3rd, Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee is hosting two very different events.
The first event, Speak to Me! is billed as "an intergenerational monthly reading series showcasing emerging and seasoned poets," and the reading is "followed by a 30-minute optional writing workshop facilitated by Anastacia-Renee and visiting workshop facilitators." Readers/facilitators at this event include Seattle poets Robert Francis Flor, Jalayna Carter, and the fabulous Quenton Baker. It starts at 1 pm and runs to 3:30, and it's at the Black Zone, which is located at 2301 S. Jackson St. in suite 203.
Then, Anastacia-Renee will scramble across town to a 5 pm reading she's curating at Open Books in Wallingford. This reading will include Anastacia-Renee's precedessor in the Civic Poet program, Claudia Castro Luna. (Castro Luna will become the Washington State Poet Laureate next year.) They'll be joined by Lily Baumgart, who's serving as Seattle's Youth Poet Laureate, and local novelist Sonora Jha, who is currently Hugo House's Writer in Residence. And if that's not enough, other readers include the wonderful Jekeva Phillips and Open Books's very first Poet-in-Residence, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha.
I have already marveled at the fact that Anastacia-Renee is a dynamo of poetry, but this Sunday is a herculean feat of poetic performance. Do you think you can keep up? She's daring you to try.