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WordsWest Literary Series Presents
“Who Tells Her Story?”
with Melinda Mueller and Dianne Aprile
Favorite Poem by Glenn Brooks
7:00 pm, Wed., Mar. 21, 2018, C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW
WordsWest Literary Series welcomes writers Melinda Mueller and Dianne Aprile for “Who Tells Her Story?” in an evening reading that celebrates women whose stories have been lost or silenced. Too often those personal histories have been edited and told “years later, by men / who had not been there,” as Mueller notes in her poem “Annunciation.”
Melinda Mueller grew up in Montana and Eastern Washington, and has lived in Seattle for 40 years. She majored in botany at the University of Washington, where she also studied poetry with Nelson Bentley. She teaches high school biology, biotechnology and evolution studies at Seattle Academy. Melinda’s most recent poetry collection is Mary’s Dust, and her book What the Ice Gets: Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916 received the Washington State Book Award.
Dianne Aprile has published five creative non-fiction books as well as poetry, most recently this summer in Raven Chronicles. A 17-year member of Spalding University’s MFA-in-Writing faculty and a former jazz-club owner and journalist, she’s collaborated with visual artists on book and gallery projects; received an Artist-Trust-Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writers Residency; and shared a newspaper-team Pulitzer Prize. She’s currently completing a hybrid memoir.
The Favorite Poem Project, a vital part of WordsWest’s monthly literary events, invites a West Seattle community member to share his or her favorite poem. On March 21st, we welcome a favorite poem from neighborhood denizen Glenn Brooks.
WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw, and this season’s intern/co-curator is Joannie Stangeland. Grant funding from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent.
Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance will be happening March 22-25, 2018 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Intersections crosses the gambit showcasing performers in improv, sketch, stand-up, burlesque, drag, storytelling, spoken word, music, theatre, and dance; however, it doesn’t end there. What makes Intersections a new and exciting festival is its focus on equity, inclusion, and representation.
“Seattle is a diverse city,” says Jekeva Phillips, one member of the all-female team, “Why are we only seeing the same faces and hearing the same voices?” Phillips (who is featured in City Arts Magazine’s 2018 Future List) was approached last year about the project by Natasha Ransom, and Kinzie Shaw of FEELINGS, an Improv duo which aims to amplify intersectional feminism in the face of a white-cis-hetero patriarchy.
All three women are active in Seattle’s improv community, each one hailing from one of the three big improv houses (Shaw from Unexpected Productions, Phillips from CSz Seattle— Home of ComedySportz, and Ransom from Jet City Improv). They’ve got chops and they are bringing their combined 25+ years of experience to the game.
The four-day festival will feature a myriad of comedy-related acts from Seattle’s best and brightest POC, Queer, Trans, non-binary, and neurodiverse performers. Each show is a different experience loaded with a variety of acts. The final day of the festival will be a series of workshops from Vogue Femme 101 to Cultivating Justice . No show or workshop in the festival will be the same, so the Intersections team strongly encourages patrons to be a part of it all. “We are so excited to be in the audience for this festival,” Say co-founders Natasha Ransom and Kinzie Shaw “The talent is just unbelievably good and we want to soak as much of it in as possible.”
For more information about the lineup, visit the website: www.intersectionsfestival.com
Intersections is funded in part by The Office of Arts & Culture Seattle, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and Planned Parenthood.
Elliott Bay Book Company
March 30, 2018 – 7 pm
Susan Rich is the author of Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen and other books.
Cindy Veach will read from her debut poetry collection, Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press/University Press of New England). Gloved Against Blood explores the relationships of four generations of women against a backdrop of the patriarchal textile mills of 19th century Lowell, Massachusetts. This collection speaks to family, lost love, infidelities, abandonment and the close work, women’s work of mending what is torn and making it like new despite the forces of inherited histories.
Join us at the High Point Library for a discussion of the 2018 Seattle Reads featured work, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi.
Book Description: “Homegoing” follows the parallel paths of two sisters and their descendants in Ghana and the United States, as it illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy.
View in Catalog: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi
Next Month’s Title: “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande
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