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M. Seven Bremner at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk

By | Fests and Book Events, Music

We are once again proud sponsors of the Jackson Street Jazz Walk, happening along Jackson Street and within walking distance of Enter Ríos HQ on Saturday night! For four years, I was the organizer of this event and one of the things I am proud of is always finding a way to include poets: spoken word mic, Fresh Roots, Paul Nelson read last year, William Curtis…

This year, we are happy to bring M. Seven Bremner to the parking lot at Pratt for some impromptu poetry. Marlene Seven Bremner (Seven) was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1983, and currently resides in Olympia, WA. She was first introduced to the Poem Store in 2015 and fell in love with the spontaneity of it and the opportunity to connect with her community through poetry. You can find her with her vintage Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter at the Olympia Farmer’s Market and the Ballard Farmer’s Market in Seattle, typing custom poems based on any topics you provide. When she’s not at the markets you can find Seven writing and painting in her downtown Olympia studio.

Why are they are in the parking lot at Pratt now? Because our venue where we had some awesome spoken word mics complianed the poets didn’t drink as much as the jazz listners/musicians… so you know, poets, some folks have drinking goals for you! Ha!

So learn more about Seven on these links and come get a poem while listening to great music and checking out the art scene at Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Poetry Website: www.yourtopicyourprice.com
Instagram: @m7artist
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marlenesevenbremner.art/

AND HERE IS THE LINK TO THE JACKSON STREET JAZZ WALK FACEBOOK PAGE!!!

GetLit! Spokane!

By | Fests and Book Events, Sponsorships

It was our first time out to GetLit! in Spokane.  It’s a big week-long program put on by the folks at Eastern Washington University and happening all around Spokane.  Our stuff happened though on the busiest day with the book sale all day Saturday and a small press reading featuring a few of our recent authors with Spokane ties.

I very much enjoyed chatting with Sharma of Scablands Press and Thom of Sage Hill Press and trading publisher know-how and mysteries— and, of course, also very much enjoyed meeting all those interested in writing that were on hand.

Our readers include Melinda Mueller, who was raised in Spokane and Maya Jewell Zeller, who lives there now,  We hope to get Melinda back out to Spokane later this year for another reading.

It feels a bit weird to toot our own horn, but I will also add that my husband and I were delighted sponsor the authors reception at the Montvale on Friday night, but were bummed to arrive sweaty and greasy from having our old van break down three miles from the event!  But we got there for a bit of it and so nice to meet even more of the authors we did not get a chance to hear!

So many fantastic spaces I Spokane… this was a fun event with Tod Marshall moderating.

 

Always nice to spend a few days in Spokane, though there’s massive construction going on in their main park, so it wasn’t as nice as it usually is to walk around.

 

The aftermath of the book sale— I completely forgot the small press reading I had volunteered to emcee, so when I came back down to the book fair, this is all there was. Our poor lonely table.

 

Maya Jewell Zeller Get Lit

It’s Maya Jewell Zeller being put on the spot to read first since I had no idea what was going on or who was reading except there was Maya! Sitting in the crowd! YOU!! YOU GO FIRST!!! ;-),w

Aileen Keown Vaux Get Lit

Alieen Keown Vaux slayed it reading from her new chapbook, “Consolation Prize”. You will want this book! h

Ellensburg Poetry Prowl

By | Fests and Book Events

Victor and I travelled out to the Ellensburg Poetry Prowl in support of our authors, Melinda Mueller and Maya Jewell Zeller. They were on the same panel, “Strange Alchemy: When Women Collaborate”, which also included other Northwest poets Katharine Whitcomb, Elizabeth Vignali, and Kami Westhoff. I would have loved more time in this session to listen to conversation between the women. Alas, while this has got to be one of the fiercest and most time-conscious festivals I have been it, which I appreciate, the sessions all had a lot of readers, and so there was not much time to really absorb any one reader.

I enjoyed hearing Robert Lashley very much and such a treat to spend any time at all at Dick & Jane’s Art Spot.

Oddly enough, I never took out my phone, so the few pictures we have are Victor’s. So instead I’ll share a few photos of the hike the day after over at the Potholes and the Columbia Wildlife Refuge.

Ellensburg Poetry Prowl

By | Fests and Book Events

Ellensburg Poetry Prowl 2018

Two Entre Ríos authors will be participating in the Ellensburg Poetry Prowl. Maya Jewell Zeller and Melinda Mueller will be speaking on the same panel on Saturday, April 7th. There’s a great line up all day in one of our favorite Washington towns— except for that incessant wind! So leave your hat at home and mark this one on your calendar.

Schedule is not released yet, but you can take a look at the many readers on their event website site >>> https://www.inlandpoetry.com

Alchemy for Cells at Spokane Art School

By | Fests and Book Events

For the first time, Carrie DeBacker will be showing some of original art in Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, along with poems and a reading by Maya Jewell Zeller.

I’m too dang nervous to take our old van up and over the pass for this, but the pictures look great! This ought to be a fun Friday night and I know Maya is a great reader, so go!

Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts : When Women Collaborate Maya Zeller and Carrie DeBaker

March 2 – April 27, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, March 2, 2018 5-8PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/156604971662541/

PLUS: A workshop with Maya on Saturday, March 10, check this: https://www.facebook.com/events/152714712058357/

Short Run!

By | Fests and Book Events

We were at our first Short Run as an exhibitor (and sponsor, too).

Wow. It is a very different experience sitting on that side of the table. Next year, I must take helpers as I got to see so little of the rest of the show and it’s always inspiring— so much talent and dreams crammed in Fisher Pavilion!

Only picked up a few books— but notable was this sweet collection of plays by Two Plums Press. Their books are tiny, tiny type— but so interesting and oddball. I LOVE THEM. Go, Portland Presses, go!