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Winter & Spring 2015 (volume 9 n.2) Coming Soon!

January 17, 2015 – 12:46 pm |

Dear Readers: take heart! Our new issue is at the printer now, and will soon be on its way to a mailboxes, bookstores, and newsstands near you. Here’s a sneak peek of the sublime cover …

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A Celebration of Carolyn Kizer

January 17, 2015 – 12:57 pm |

carolyn-kizer-300x196Sunday, January 18, 2015, 4:00 pm

Poets from across the country come together for a memorial celebration of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and former Seattleite Carolyn Kizer. Readers include Willis Barnstone, Kevin Craft, Carol Muske-Dukes, Tess GallagherJudith Emlyn Johnson, Sierra Nelson, David Rigsbee, Tree Swenson, and Carolyne Wright.

Co-sponsored by Hugo House, Copper Canyon Press, and Poetry Northwest. Visit Hugo House for more details, and to RSVP, here.

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 6 – Timothy Donnelly

January 11, 2015 – 8:00 am |

Poetry Northwest‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets during the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle. Each episode features lively conversation …

Interview // Bob Hicok

December 21, 2014 – 8:05 am |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
Bob Hicok was born in 1960 in Michigan and worked for many years in the automotive die industry. A published poet long before he earned his MFA, Hicok is …

Afterwords // Patricia Lockwood: The Hour of Bewilderment

November 6, 2014 – 11:33 am |

By Elizabeth Cooperman and Matthew Kelsey
On July 10, 2014, Patricia Lockwood read at Seattle’s Elliot Bay Book Company from her most recent book of poems, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals. The room–a book-lined basement annex with a …

Afterwords // Kay Ryan: All Your Flamingos

October 16, 2014 – 8:11 am | One Comment

By Jack Chelgren | Special Projects Intern
 
When Tree Swenson, the executive director of Hugo House, introduced Kay Ryan for a lecture on rhyme last week, she noted the delightful sense of “hidden treasure” lurking in …

In Memory of Carolyn Kizer

October 11, 2014 – 8:45 pm | One Comment

We learn this weekend the sad news that Carolyn Kizer, a founding editor of Poetry Northwest, has passed away.
She touched many lives as a poet, mentor and friend, and we’d like to share with you …

Scott Condon: Notes on Rae Armantrout’s Poem “Thrown”

September 30, 2014 – 8:00 am |

By Scott Condon | Contributing Writer

The title of Rae Armantrout’s poem “Thrown” immediately brings to mind philosopher Martin Heidegger’s notion that human life is thrown into the world. This concept plays a key role in …

Interview // Joanna Klink

September 28, 2014 – 11:57 pm |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
 

Joanna Klink earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University. Her collections of poetry include They Are Sleeping (2000), Circadian (2007), and Raptus (2010). Her new book, Excerpts from a …

Seattle’s Favorite Poems – Thursday, 9/18, 7:30 pm

September 5, 2014 – 1:50 pm |

Seattle’s Favorite Poems with Robert Pinsky – Free Event!
THU, SEP 18, 2014, 7:30 PM Town Hall Seattle
Celebrate beloved poems with other local poetry lovers in this special event, which is free and open to the …

Margin Call – printer’s error in current issue

August 19, 2014 – 12:21 pm |

A Note to Readers & Subscribers:
We recently discovered, after mailing and distribution of the current issue (Volume 9, Number 1 – aka The Social Media Issue) that an uncertain number of copies contain a substantial printer’s …

The Triggering Town Review

August 19, 2014 – 9:14 am |

Please join us with Ed Skoog and friends for a certain-to-be-memorable two-evening run of poetry, music and performance!
Where, Now? The Hugo House Theater in Seattle.
When, You Ask? This weekend only. Friday August 22 and Saturday …