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Waking the Sleeping Giant

By | Film, Sponsorships

We were super thrilled to support the Seattle premiere of the new documentary on progressive movements during the 2016 election and to host the director, Jacob Smith, while he was in town.

There are days in running our gay press, that I think publishing poetry is political enough and you cannot go to protest, call Senators, writer letters… and sometimes I do talk myself out of some kind of more direct action. But then, let us be real, we are in a state of crisis with the environment and with the rise of neo-fascists and so if I have to pour a third or fourth cup of coffee, we must still find time to take the streets and turn our rage into actions. This is tough. And I would be remiss to not say that our business of poetry publishing hasn’t suffered, it has. But, well, we will just keep muddling along fighting the inhumanity of ICE, the mendacity of Trump and the corruption in the system because if we don’t prevail, there will be no such thing as “gay press”.

Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolutionis the story of the attempt to build a 21st century progressive movement in the United States. Five remarkable individuals wrestle with persistent racial injustice, growing economic inequality, and the corrupting influence of money in politics that shaped this extraordinary election cycle.

From the presidential campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local political race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia, from a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles, Waking the Sleeping Giant makes sense of this singular moment in American politics, probing the widespread discontent of the past two years, Donald Trump’s dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead for those hoping to build a reenergized progressive movement.

***You can now steam this film on many popular services, so look for it on whatever you stream.

Jackson Street Jazz Walk

By | Fests and Book Events, Music, Sponsorships
M. Seven Bremner ready for all your poetry needs at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk!

We were thrilled to once again sponsor some live poetry at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk!

But mostly, after organizing this for the last four years, it was a delight for Year Five to just go as a participant and leave the difficult job of organizing to Eugenie Jones. Yes, it was different, but hello, that is what keeps things fresh! SO IT WAS AWESOME AS ALWAYS. We have a lot of issues in the Central District that are direct result of systematic racism and economic inequality… but we also have a lot of GREAT neighbors and nothing like music and art to get everyone out together having fun. And my belief, from the minute I started this project, was if you can get people together having fun with each other, it makes having the difficult conversation and work in a neighborhood easier. Still hard, but easier.

Here are some more pictures!

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

William the Poet at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk!

By | Sponsorships

Publisher by day, community organizer by night… or perhaps the other way around, it was my great pleasure to sponsor the appearance of William the Poet at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk. In our poetry-centric view of the world, I’d consider him a cool part of the scene and he is easy to find at farmer’s markets plying the trade with poems made while you wait or shop for radishes and kale. I am guessing he makes more money that many fancy-shmancy poets out there. I would guess he makes more money than we’ll ever see. Hmmmm… maybe we need a career change!?!

So it delights me very much to bring to the Central District, home of Entre Ríos Press, for a little street-livening!

You can see more of his work on his Instagram, William Curtis.

And do get in touch, if you are looking for an on-demand poet for your next event. I’ve got his contact information and can recommend him.

Here is his poem that he wrote for me based on the word, “Jazz”.