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Winter & Spring 2015 (v.9/n.2) Now Available

January 17, 2015 – 12:46 pm |

Dear Readers: Our new issue is finally here. Though we have tested ourselves against the Keatsian principles of silence and slow time these past months, we think it’s worth the wait. The cover art alone …

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Emily Bedard: “Reading Lucie Brock-Broido in Mexico”

April 20, 2015 – 8:00 am |

Seattle Arts & Lectures is delighted to be partnering with Poetry Northwest to be launching a series of original essays and reflections on some of the speakers in our Poetry Series. This first installation, poet and Writers in the Schools teaching artist, Emily Bedard, dives into the most recent collection by Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion. The piece is not a review, but rather a view from that book. A view from inside its textured covers. A view from a week spent traveling in the book, dreaming with the book, swimming in its inky infinity pools. Part travelogue, part meditation on the meditative poems of Brock-Broido, the essay shows, not tells, what is so richly compelling about the dream worlds of these poems.

We hope you enjoy this essay, and will join us for Lucie Brock-Broido’s reading for Seattle Arts & Lectures this Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 at Chihuly Garden and Glass. For a 15% discount on tickets, Poetry Northwest readers may enter PNW1415 at checkout.

—Rebecca Hoogs, Associate Director, Seattle Arts & Lectures


Reading Lucie Brock-Broido in Mexico

On the chair next to my packed suitcase the books are teetering in their tower. I know they cannot all go along, but at the moment I cannot choose between them because each one is my favorite child. In the days before departure, their spines stack up, swap out, rearrange themselves like parakeets startling off a branch and settling back down.

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AWP Minneapolis 2015: Photo Essay

April 18, 2015 – 3:48 pm |

Photography by: Aaron Barrell, William Camponovo, Bill Carty, Matthew Kelsey, Katharine Ogle

The Subvocal Zoo: Special Episode – Season 2 Preview & Timothy Donnelly’s “Apologies from the Ground Up”

April 9, 2015 – 8:00 am |

Poetry Northwest‘s podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets. Each episode features lively conversation between writers in a different location. We’re gearing up to record interviews this Spring that …

Interview // Dorothea Lasky

March 9, 2015 – 10:49 am |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
Dorothea Lasky was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published …

~ New Issue Release Reading ~

February 28, 2015 – 5:33 pm |

March 4
7:30 pm
Phinney Books
7405 Greenwood Ave. N
Featuring local luminaries
Elizabeth Austen, Suzanne Bottelli,
Jessica Gigot, Laura Shoemaker,
and Kary Wayson
free!  come celebrate the new issue
in style…

“Dismal Situations”: Loneliness, Racism, and Knowing the Present Through Verse

February 24, 2015 – 7:18 pm |

By Jack Chelgren | Special Projects Intern and Contributing Writer
As a word is
mostly connotation,
 matter is mostly
(The same loneliness
that separates me
 from what I call
“the world.”)
— Rae Armantrout, “A Resemblance”
It’s afternoon not long ago. I’m listening to …

A Celebration of Carolyn Kizer

January 17, 2015 – 12:57 pm |

Sunday, 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 Gallagher, Judith Emlyn Johnson, Sierra Nelson, David Rigsbee, Tree …

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 avicheattle’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 …