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Third Anniversary Reading

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Three years!

We were honored to be included in Hugo House’s inaugural season and delighted that we could present readers from past, present and future ERB books!

Pardon the photos— I certainly did not stand in the best space given the lighting and stage! But given the schedule Hugo House keeps, I am sure that in time, I’ll find the best spot to stand!

Thanks to Maya Jewell Zeller, Melinda Mueller, Christine Deavel, J.W. Marshall, Deborah Woodard, Riccardo Pieri and E. Briskin for reading work published with us or new work of theirs. We also thank Rachel Kessler who was representing the Vis-à-Vis Society, whose epic 100 Rooms is sure to be a big hit in 2019. And finally, we want to give a shout to Aileen Keown Vaux, who’s recently published Consolation Prize (Scablands Books) is one of my favorite books of 2018. So many of the other Washington small presses have been gracious with their knowledge, that it felt important to give a shout back!

We also had an opportunity to show one of our Emerging Vision Filmmaker films, so a another round of applause to Rebecca Starkey for her work considering Alchemy for Cells and Other Beasts and her mother!

Finally, that was a very full house and we appreciate very much all the readers who are finding our work and joining us in these events. THANK YOU.

Lori Goldston Premieres New Work

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It was a great honor last night to hear Lori Goldston‘s response to “Marys Dust”, a new collection of poems by Melinda Mueller. “Cello Songs for Marys’ Dust” is a set of five songs for solo cello, using a variety of techniques to coax a wide range of voices and tones out of the instrument. These songs, recorded live, will be released as a digital download along with Melinda reading poems from the book. Cello Songs for Mary’s Dust Lori Goldston, 2017 1. The Dust of a Thousand Bells 2. Marian the Copt 3. Love’s Bitter Strings 4. Her Daughter 5. Offertorium (Matthew) This performance was recorded at the Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, Washington on February 23, 2017.

Fall Book Preview: Mary’s Dust

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Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing details of our upcoming fall books. Our first book we would like to share with you is a new full-length collection by Melinda Mueller, Mary’s Dust. This book contains thirty-two poems on different Marys through history. Using a wide variety of inventive and traditional forms, it is a meditation on exposure and concealment, pleasure and pain, and of course, language, as women create their own identities on their own terms. It’s a great honor to bring out a second book by one of Seattle’s most intriguing writers. We’ll be presenting this book with an audio download that includes music specifically commissioned for the book by Seattle genius (yeah, that is what the Stranger says and we agree), Lori Goldston. This new composition will premiere on February 23 at the Chapel Performance Space and is being recorded live, so you too could join us that evening and be part of Mary’s Dust. Here’s one of the shorter poems in the book: RADIUM Marya Salomee Sklowdowka: b. 7 Nov 1867 – d. 4 July 1934 As, in her native Poland, the ember-colored fox ignites the stubble field it streaks across, ignites even the noonday dusk of the forest floor. As, toddling into her parents’ long-ago garden after dark, and crouching beside a lantern there, she cried out: Look. The ants. They have shadows. As religionists rummaged in the body for its soul, that ant-shadow, which might “be shown on an X-ray plate as a lighter spot on the darker shadow of the bone.” So she fractionates the soul of pitchblende, and having pent it in a glass vial, gazes into its blue dazzle. And it gazes into her, being the abyss Nietzsche warned of. And ransacks her. And ignites her bones to ash. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do. Nor will she lift from it her hands.

The After: Book Launch Party

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Please join us as we celebrate the publication of The After. The first book by Seattle poet, Melinda Mueller, since her award winning “What the Ice Gets”. This book is single poem “sorrowing the world” we will alter and leave unseen. A meditation on extinction and the anthropocene, it blends science and poetry with the urgency of heartbreak. Interspersed with the poem is the stunning subarctic art of Karinna Gomez, a print maker currently teaching in Alaska and represented by Davidson Galleries. She will be discussing her work and we’ll have a nice selection of originals to look at (and note, she has a meet & greet at Davidson on October 9th). The Seattle experimental jazz duo, Syrinx Effect (Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel) will be performing music commissioned specifically for The After. This will be a rare opportunity to meet the entire group behind the making of “The After”, as it is likely to be the only time we will have all four collaborators in the same room at the same time! The reading and performance will start sharply at 7 pm and will be followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the artists. Please note: The location of the SAAS Stream Building is on Spring street, between 12th and 13th.

The After : Now Available

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The After Melinda Mueller Karinna Gomez Syrinx Effect Seattle Poetry We are excited to officially publish The After today. Our third book, it clearly points the direction we’ve been striving toward and how we are envisioning our books for 2017 and beyond. It’s a sumptuous blend of poetry and art with commissioned music along with it. Sometimes poetry comes to one for delight or comfort. Certainly, some of the projects we are working with authors, don’t have the intense sadness of this poem. But in this case, I would say it is almost a duty it is to offer this serious meditation on one of the most concerning aspects of climate change: the acceleration of the mass extinction underway.