Maya Jewell Zeller will read poetry from her new collaborative collection Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, teaming up with Spokane folk musician Liz Rognes. The pair will share original work that thoughtfully interrogates the politicization of women’s bodies, with connections to the environments in which they live.[This event is presented in conjunction with the MCE’s new “Window on Central” exhibition, Our Changing Pacific Northwest, featuring the work of two women scientists (Susan Kaspari from Geological Sciences and Megan Walsh from Geography) whose work helps us imagine the impact of climate change in our region.”]
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.