WordsWest Literary Series Celebrates
“Our Final National Poetry Month with Two Amazing Poetry Greats”
Mark Doty and Ilya Kaminsky
Favorite Poem by Open Books: A Poem Emporium
7:00 pm, Wed., April 17th, 2019,
C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW
We come to poetry in time of celebration and in grief. We come to poetry to hear the truth and to discover the extraordinary in the ordinariness of our daily lives. We are honored and crazy-happy to be celebrating National Poetry Month with these two world famous poets. (As noted above, this will be our last National Poetry Month Event as we will be closing our doors in June 2019.)
WordsWest Literary Series is grateful for funding from Poets & Writers, Inc. that allows us to pay our writers for their time and talent.
Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years, Firebird, and Heaven’s Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize.
Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press) and Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press). He has also co-edited and co-translated many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) andDark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books). His awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, Lannan Foundation’s Fellowship and the NEA Fellowship. His poems regularly appear in Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He has also been awarded Poetry Magazine’s Levinson Prize. Dancing In Odessa was named the Best Book of the Year by Foreword magazine. Recently, he was on the short-list for Neustadt International Literature Prize. His poems have been translated over twenty languages, and his books have been published in many countries including Turkey, Holland, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize.
WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.
WordsWest Literary Series. Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level.