West Seattle Event Calendar

*NOTE: We’ve ramped the calendar back to some level of usefulness, as more events continue being planned, both online and in-person, so let us know if you have something coming up that’s open to the public!*

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May
17
Mon
Clarion West & Seattle Writes Presents Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors And Publishers In Speculative Fiction @ Online (see listing)
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Clarion West and Seattle Writes presents Beyond Afrofuturism: Zines and Magazines: Expanding Worlds in Speculative Fiction. Registration required. Click here to register on our partner’s website.

Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors and Publishers in Speculative Fiction

Join us for a series of conversations featuring today’s Black publishers and editors of anthologies and magazines, aimed at expanding our understanding of the ways in which editorial roles impact the worlds of speculative fiction. Dates: 4/12, 5/16, 5/17

This series is presented in partnership with the Seattle Public Library and is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

Zines and Magazines: Expanding Worlds in Speculative Fiction

Date: Monday, May 17th, 7 p.m. Pacific

Featuring: Eboni Dunbar (FIYAH Magazine), Craig Laurance Gidney (Baffling Magazine), Brent Lambert (FIYAH Magazine), Chinelo Onwualu (Omenana/Anathema) and LaShawn Wanak (Giganotosaurus).

Join prominent Black editors of online zines and magazines as they discuss their journeys into editing and the role editors play in creating space for the voices of BIPOC communities in the speculative fiction field.

Moderated by Arley Sorg of Locus and Fantasy Magazine.

About the Panelists:

Craig Laurance Gidney (Baffling magazine)

Craig Laurance Gidney writes both contemporary and genre fiction. He is the author of the collections Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2008), Skin Deep Magic (Rebel Satori Press, 2014), Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press, 2013) and A Spectral Hue (Word Horde, 2019). He is the co-editor of Baffling Magazine (along with dave ring), an online magazine of queer speculation fiction.

Chinelo Onwualu (Omenana/Anathema)

I am a Nigerian writer and editor living in Toronto. I’m the non-fiction editor of Anathema Magazine, and co-founder of Omenana, a magazine of African Speculative Fiction. I’m also former chief spokesperson for the African Speculative Fiction Society. My short stories have been featured in Slate, Uncanny, Strange Horizons, The Kalahari Review, and Brittle Paper, as well as in several anthologies including the award-winning New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction from People of Colour edited by Nisi Shawl. You can find me on my website at: www.chineloonwualu.com or follow me on Twitter @chineloonwualu.

Arley Sorg (Fantasy)

Arley Sorg is co-Editor-in-Chief at Fantasy Magazine, as well as associate editor at Locus Magazine and both Lightspeed & Nightmare Magazines. He reviews books for Locus, Lightspeed, and Cascadia Subduction Zone and is an interviewer for Clarkesworld Magazine. Arley grew up in England, Hawaii, and Colorado, and studied Asian Religions at Pitzer College. He lives in Oakland, and, in non-pandemic times, usually writes in local coffee shops. He is a 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate.

Eboni Dunbar (FIYAH)

Eboni J Dunbar (She/her) is a queer, black woman who writes queer and black speculative fiction. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner. She received her BA from Macalester College in English and her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She is a VONA Alum, a former associate editor for PodCastle, a managing editor for FIYAH Literary Magazine, and a freelance reviewer. Her work can be found in FIYAH Literary Magazine, Drabblecast, Anathema: Spec from the margins and Nightlight Podcast. She also has a novella out now from Neon Hemlock called Stone and Steel. You can follow her on twitter @sugoionna87.

LaShawn M. Wanak (Giganotosaurus/Uncanny)

LaShawn M. Wanak lives in Wisconsin with her husband and son. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and a little bit of horror. Her works have been published in Fireside Magazine, FIYAH, Uncanny Magazine, and many others. She is the editor of the online magazine GigaNotoSaurus and a book reviewer for Lightspeed Magazine. When she is not working at her dayjob as an administrative assistant, she enjoys knitting, anime, and wrestling with theological truths from a Black womanist perspective. Writing stories keeps her sane. Also, pie.

Brent Lambert (FIYAH)

Comic books, SFF and good cooking are the essential elements of SFF author Brent Lambert. A full-fledged military brat, he is consistently struck by wanderlust and has a keen sense of things never really being permanent. Currently based out of San Diego, he gets to enjoy sunshine for more than half the year. Always working, he’s determined to allow Black Queer men to be the stars of their own stories. He can be found on Twitter @brentclambert

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We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

May
22
Sat
Spring Social: A Season Long Inclusion Festival! @ Online (see listing)
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us on the 4th Saturday of every month via Zoom for programs like Yoga, cooking, crafts, sports, and other hands on fun for children of all ages and abilities. Registration required. Click here to register on Zoom.

Children of all ages and abilities are invited to attend. For some programs, supply kits will be mailed out to participants who register before the mailing deadline.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or 206-386-4636.

May
25
Tue
The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture In American History Presents Michelle Duster @ Online (see listing)
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize. Join us to hear Michelle Duster discuss the impact of this iconic woman. Registration required. Click here to register.

Ida B. Wells was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP. Hear professor and Wells’s great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, offer a “warm remembrance of a civil rights icon” (Kirkus Reviews).

The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from the late Priscilla Bullitt Collins in honor of her father, A. Scott Bullitt. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. This program will recorded, captioned and posted for 30 days on The Seattle Public Library’s YouTube page after the event.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a “dangerous negro agitator.” In the annals of history, it makes her an icon.

A century after her death, Wells’s genius is being celebrated in popular culture by politicians, through song, public artwork, and landmarks. Like her contemporaries Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, Wells left an indelible mark on history—one that can still be felt today. As America confronts the unfinished business of systemic racism, Ida B. the Queen pays tribute to a transformational leader and reminds us of the power we all hold to smash the status quo.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Michelle Duster is a writer, speaker, professor, and champion of racial and gender equity. In the last dozen years, she has written, edited, or contributed to eleven books. She cowrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; coedited Shifts and Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls; and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. She has written articles for Essence, Refinery29, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, and The North Star.

PRAISE:

“Visually stunning…readers who are looking for bold, out-of-the-box, approaches to social change will undoubtedly be inspired by Ida B. the Queen.”
—Forbes

“Bow down to this biography that shows why Ida B. Wells is an icon for all seasons.”
—Refinery29

“With bold graphics and a compelling story, Ida B. the Queen is sure to be one of the year’s best biographies.”
—Bustle

“Ida B. the Queen delves deep into the life of Wells and the Black experience through visual storytelling and recounts the life, successes and hardships of one of the most renowned leaders of justice in American history.”
—The Root

View in Catalog: Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or 206-386-4636.

Jun
1
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
2
Wed
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
7
Mon
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
8
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
13
Sun
Virtual Writers Read @ Online (see listing)
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Registration is required. Click here to register on our partner’s website.

Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session.

This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers’ Alliance on the second Sunday of the month.

Ability to use Zoom on your own computer or phone is required for this program.
Registration is Required.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Jun
28
Mon
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jun
29
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jul
6
Tue
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 10 am to 5 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jul
7
Wed
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jul
8
Thu
Pop-Up Blood Donation Drive @ LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The BloodworkNW’s pop-up blood donation drive will be located in the gym at LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 9 am to 4 pm.

Appointments are required in order to donate at this blood drive to ensure safe social distancing. To make an appointment, contact us at 1-800-398-7888 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org. No walk-in donations are allowed at this time. Visit https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate for more information.

In regards to COVID-19, vaccinations, and other questions, see the eligibility information here:

https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/eligibility

Blood drives are open to the public. Check here to find the drive and make your appointment.

Jul
11
Sun
Virtual Writers Read @ Online (see listing)
Jul 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a monthly reading series featuring an open mic and selected author readings from local writers. Registration is required. Click here to register on our partner’s website.

Local writers will read from their diverse repertoires of poetry, short stories, novels and essays. The event will end with a Q&A session, followed by an open mic session.

This program is presented in partnership with African-American Writers’ Alliance on the second Sunday of the month.

Ability to use Zoom on your own computer or phone is required for this program.
Registration is Required.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.