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Alchemy for Cells Zeller DeBacker Event

Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts: Seattle Book Launch!

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This event, a celebration of the new multi-genre collaboration Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Ríos Press), features readings by poets Maya Jewell Zeller and Ellen Welcker, as well as the screening of a film by Rebecca Starkey.

A Note from the Press:

“Entre Ríos Books is proud to announce our fifth book, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts by Spokane poet, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Seattle artist Carrie DeBacker. This full-color collaboration charts a course into magical waters, anchoring itself in the frightening politicization of a woman’s body. The speaker in these incantations, behind these urgent watercolors, muses on the philosophies of geologic time, climate change, human genomes, and existential destruction. It is anxious work of eco-feminism, much of it written and painted after the election. Like our other books, this book ships with an audio download of the poet reading the work.”

Maya Jewell Zeller is a poet, writer, teacher, editor, and mother. An Assistant Professor for Central Washington University’s Professional and Creative Writing Programs, Maya is the author of Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011) andYesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015).
Carrie DeBacker Seattle ArtistCarrie DeBacker is a Seattle-based visual artist and illustrator. Originally from the Chicago area, she holds a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College and MFA from Washington University, in St. Louis.

Rebecca Starkey is an aspiring cinematographer and recently graduated from the film program at Central Washington University. Rebecca is the recipient of Entre Ríos’s first Emerging Visions Filmmaker Award which is meant to encourage the growth and development of women artists and technicians traditionally underrepresented in the film and digital industry.

Ellen Welcker‘s books include Ram Hands (Scablands Books, 2016) and The Botanical Garden (Astrophil, 2010). She is a recipient of a 2016 GAP grant from WA Artist Trust for her manuscript-in-progress, The Pink Tablet, and chapbook of these poems are forthcoming from Fact-Simile Books in late 2017. She lives in Spokane, WA.

Aaron Shurin Flowers & Sky Event

Flowers & Sky: Seattle Book Launch!

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Join us right here in Seattle for a celebration of our fourth book, Flowers & Sky: Two Talks by Aaron Shurin. Aaron will be joined by Alex Vigue, whose debut chapbook, The Myth of Man, is forthcoming from Floating Bridge Press.

Flowers & Sky: Two Talks brings together two lectures and a suite of unpublished poems. These intimate talks use Shurin’s own work to illustrate the power and practice of image-making at the deepest level. Like other Entre Ríos books, this collection ships with an audio download of the poet reading the work.

Aaron Shurin is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose, most recently The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks by University of Michigan Press (2016) and Citizen by City Light Books (2012). A master of the prose poem, his career could be considered a love letter to San Francisco and the gay community there. His writing has appeared in over forty anthologies, and has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the San Francisco Arts Commission, among others. He is the former Director of the MFA Writing Program at the University of San Francisco, where he is now Professor Emeritus.

Alex Vigue is a queer poet and storyteller from Washington State. He has a degree in creative writing from Western Washington University. Alex has been published in Vinyl, Maudlin House, and Lockjaw Magazine among others. His debut chapbook, The Myth of Man, is forthcoming from Floating Bridge Press.

Aaron Shurin Flowers & Sky Event

Flowers & Sky Book Launch!

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Aaron Shurin, celebrated San Francisco poet, reads from his newly published book, “Flowers & Sky: Two Talks”.

Flowers & Sky: Two Talks brings together two lectures and a suite of unpublished poems by one of our finest lyric poets. These intimate talks use Aaron’s own work to illustrate the power and practice of image-making at the deepest level. The result is a continual act of discovery, part poetics, part literary autobiography, and part three-dimensional bibliography. The book includes a digital download of Aaron reading “Sometime of the Night” as well as the poems, bringing the work alive into full sonority.

With the talks, poems, and recording together, the book offers a short course in poetic practice, and a glimpse into a unique life making, and made by, art.

“What is a flower but a momentary eruption of streaming energy, of the power of generation and the condensation of senses into a fleeting burst of creative impulse, a poem blasting forth in temporal vibrations by which we might fall in love with the world again as though awakening from a dream.” — Aaron Shurin

Mary’s Dust Book Launch!

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Join poet, Melinda Mueller, and cellist, Lori Goldston, as we celebrate the publication of Mary’s Dust, Melinda’s first full-length collection since her award-winning, “What the Ice Gets”.

Lori Goldston will perform a suite of new music commissioned for the book (and included in the digital download) and we will also be showing a film by Christian Anderson featuring Seattle poets discussing the unqiue perspectives women writers bring to writing about history and creating their own narratives.

“Melinda Mueller’s great gift is translating historical detail and scientific fact into profound human experience. Long-awaited Mary’s Dust is a tour de force, a klatch of history’s Marys speaking through a stunning array of formal constraints—much as they did in life. Each Mary emerges from Mueller’s precise and brilliant word choice and imagery to linger “with a faint ringing.” Mary’s Dust is an ambitious, awe-inspiring, marvelous collection.” — Kathleen Flenniken, author of Plume.

PLEASE NOTE: the reading will take place in the STREAM Building, with its enterance Spring street, between 12th and 13th.

Alchemy for Cells Book Launch!

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Join Spokane poet, Maya Jewell Zeller and Seattle artist, Carrie DeBacker, as we celebrate the publication of their collaboration, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts.

Special musical guest, Spokane songwriter, Liz Rognes, performs! We’ll be showing the short film of our first Emerging Visions filmmaking award-winner, Rebecca Starkey.

“Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts” charts a course into magical waters, anchoring itself in the frightening politicization of a woman’s body. The chemistry of this conversation between Spokane Poet, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Seattle artist, Carrie DeBacker, includes pomegranates for human heads, bones that can walk, and a ship sprung from a person’s back, “floating farther from shore.” The speaker in these incantations, behind these urgent watercolors, muses on the philosophies of geologic time, climate change, human genomes, and existential destruction. This book sets out to discover meaning in this terrible, beautiful time — and suggests wonder is where we’ll find it: “the diagnosis is strong / for the wild & wind mills.”

Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts