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Coming This Month

Friday, March 26, 2021—J. I. Kleinberg (poet) J. I. Kleinberg

J. I. Kleinberg has twice been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards. She is coeditor of 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press, 2017) and Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press, 2015), and coproduces the Bellingham-based SpeakEasy poetry series. Her poetry has appeared in One, Pontoon, Pedestal Magazine, Psaltery & Lyre, December, and elsewhere, and more than 400 of her found-word collage poems have been published in print and online. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, and posts frequently at https://chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com/" and https://thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com/ and occasionally on Instagram @jikleinberg.

MC—Janka Hobbs

Upcoming Readings and Events

Friday, April 30, 2021—Mary Ann Woodruff (poet) Mary Ann Woodruff

Mary Ann Woodruff journeyed from childhood in Rochester, New York, to Mount Holyoke College and then Chicago, before moving to the Pacific Northwest, which she has enjoyed for more than forty-five years. Through poetry, Mary Ann celebrates people, chronicles events, and discovers her feelings. More often recognized as mother, wife, volunteer, and organization development consultant, Mary Ann was always the poet, having participated in writing programs at Bellevue College, Flight of the Mind residencies, Hugo House, and the University of Washington Writer's Program. Her latest book, Skylark(2020) is a companion piece in poems to her memoir, The Last of the Good Girls (2013).

MC—Emily Dietrich

The Pyra literary and art magazineFriday, May 28, 2021—International Community School Authors Society Pyra Magazine Contributors (high school students)

The Pyra literary and art magazine is a creative journal published annually by the International Community School's Authors Society in Kirkland, Washington. It promotes the school's creative spirit, publishing poetry, prose, short stories, essays, and visual arts from students in grades 6 through 12. The reading features written contributions by student authors.

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

Friday, June 25, 2021—Tatyana Sussex (memoir) Tatyana  Sussex

Tatyana Sussex is a writer and a oach who works with creative professionals. She recently completed a memoir about marrying late (49). In one fell swoop she had a husband, grown step-kids, grandchildren, sibling-in-laws, the works. She lives with her husband on Mercer Island, Washington, a Seattle suburb in the shape of a foot, where she swims, runs, and spends time with friends and family. Visit her at Everyday Creative Coaching and Medium.


Friday, July 30, 2021—Dori Jones Yang (memoir) Dori Jones Yang

Dori Jones Yang is an award-winning author who spent eight years as a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek covering China during the 1980s. In her memoir, When the Red Gates Opened: A Memoir of China's Reawakening, Dori brings to life this transformative time in history and in her personal life. Educated in history at Princeton and in international relations at Johns Hopkins, she worked in journalism for twenty years and has written seven other books. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she has traveled throughout China and spoken about her books across the United States. Visit her website at https://dorijonesyang.com/

MC—Michael Heavener

Friday, August 27, 2021—Mike Dillon (poet) Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon, former publisher of Pacific Publishing Company, lives in Indianola in Kitsap County. He is the author of four books of poetry and three books of haiku. Several of his haiku were included in Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, from W. W. Norton (2013). His most recent full-length book, Departures: Poetry and Prose on the Removal of Bainbridge Island's Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor, was published by Unsolicited Press in April 2019. Finishing Line Press published his chapbook, The Return, in March of 2021.


Friday, September 24, 2021—TBD

Friday, October 29, 2021—TBD

Friday, November 19, 2021—TBD
Moved ahead to avoid Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Friday, December 17, 2021—TBD
Moved ahead to avoid Christmas holiday weekend