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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Dec
9
Thu
Radical Self-Acceptance As Activism: The Sensual Self Presented By Ev’Yan Whitney @ Online (see listing)
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Guest Curator Olaiya Land talks with Ev’Yan Whitney about the importance of reconnecting with pleasure, and their book, Sensual Self. Click here to register.

This series of online talks will examine the ways all of our lives have shifted since the beginning of the pandemic and how we can move towards equity, justice and liberation through meaningful self-care.

Olaiya Land, founder of the online journal and community Lionesse, will be in conversation with authors and activists of diverse backgrounds about their personal journey towards self-acceptance and how their work aims to help others lean into embracing themselves more fully.

These conversations will be centered around reclaiming the concepts of self-care and self-acceptance from the hands of capitalism and mass-marketing and enabling them to retain meaning. The series will especially highlight the experiences of marginalized groups–BIPOC, queer and trans folks, fat people, women, and neurodivergent individuals–as they push back against Western beauty standards, patriarchy and White Supremacy and carve out spaces to feel accepted and whole.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be recorded, captioned and then posted on SPL’s YouTube channel after the event.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Ev’Yan Whitney (they/she) is a Sexuality Doula®, sex educator, and a sensualist. For over a decade, Ev’Yan has dedicated themselves to sex education and sexual activism, helping folks reclaim their unique sexual expressions and reconnect to their sensual bodies. Ev’Yan’s work focuses on decolonizing, unshaming, and liberating sexuality at the intersection of identity, pleasure, and embodiment. They are the author of the book Sensual Self and host a podcast of the same name.

Olaiya Land the founder and editor of Lionesse, an online journal and community promoting connection, confidence, sisterhood & self-love. She is the host of the Lionesse podcast. Olaiya also leads retreats and workshops all over the world that help people feel empowered and connect to their creativity. You can learn more about her work at www.wearelionesse.com and @wearelionesse.

About the Book:

Sensual Self is a self-paced journal offering guidance to those seeking reconnection with their pleasure, featuring 150+ prompts to help readers define sensuality for themselves.

Pleasure transcends sexuality; Sensual Self is here to help you embrace it. This guided journal is a self-written manual for your unique sensuality. With interactive, thought-provoking questions, you’ll be guided to map and explore the inner landscape of your body—the textures, shapes, tempos, and temperatures that bring you bliss.

Sensual Self allows ample room to record your process and express yourself, giving you space for intimate conversations with yourself surrounding your pleasure and desires. 150+ prompts and exercises will help you focus on grounding yourself, checking in with your mind and body, self-acceptance, self-care, and body consciousness—from “In what ways do you keep your sensuality hidden?” to “What does an enthusiastic ‘yes!’ feel like in your body?”

This journal is the culmination of Sexuality Doula® and sex educator Ev’Yan Whitney’s body of work. Sensual Self fulfills their mission to liberate individuals by guiding them to rediscover their sensuality and explore their sexuality.
ADA Accommodations 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.

Virtual It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series @ Online (see listing)
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Ballard Branch welcomes the 385th meeting of the It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series, featuring author readings and open mics. Registration required.

This month’s online presentation welcomes Millicent Borges Accardi, Pamela Hobart Carter, and Eleanor DeVito Owen.

Please click here to register. Ability to use Zoom on your own computer or phone is required for this program.
NEA fellow, Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American writer, is the author of four poetry collections, including Only More So (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) and Through a Grainy Landscape. Among her awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright, CantoMundo, Creative Capacity, the California Arts Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts (COVID grant). The Corporation of Yaddo, Fundação Luso-Americana (Portugal), and the Barbara Deming Foundation, “Money for Women.” Millicent lives in Topanga, CA. Through a Grainy Landscape has been nominated for a PEN award.

Pamela Hobart Carter is the author of Her Imaginary Museum (Kelsay Books, 2020) and Held Together with Tape and Glue (Finishing Line Press, 2021). Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition finalist and Pushcart Prize nominee, Carter is co-author, with Arleen Williams, of twelve short books in easy English for adults. Her plays have been read and produced in Montreal (where she grew up), Seattle (where she lives), and Fort Worth (where she has only visited). For more than three decades Carter was a teacher.

Eleanor DeVito Owen is a 2021 Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association finalist in Adult Special Topics for Hobo Soup which she’ll read from for this event. Born in 1921 she is an American journalist, playwright, university professor, costume designer, theatre actress, and mental health professional. She has received statewide and national honors and awards for her advocacy work on behalf of families and individuals with mental illness having founded the Washington Advocated for the Mentally Ill. Owen served as the president and executive director of WAMI, now known as NAMI Greater Seattle office from 1978 to 2002. She began working on her memoir at age 90.

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

This reading will be recorded for podcast and will also be available for future viewing on the It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series YouTube channel.

Dec
12
Sun
Virtual Writers Read @ Online (see listing)
Dec 12 @ 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.

Dec
15
Wed
WA State Book Awards: Jennifer Longo And ‘What I Carry’ @ Online (see listing)
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Don’t miss Jennifer Longo, winner of the 2021 Washington State Book Award for Young Adult Literature, in conversation with journalist Claudia Rowe.

Registration required. Click here to register.

“What I Carry” is a powerful and heartwarming look at a teen girl about to age out of the foster care system. Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses — and she’s learned to pack light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase, and leave emotional attachments to friends and foster families behind. Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she’s free. One year to avoid anything — or anyone — that could get in her way. Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean. And everything changes.

Longo’s other books for young adults include “Up to This Pointe” and “Six Feet Over It,” both of which were Washington State Book Award finalists.

Longo will be in conversation with author Claudia Rowe, who won the 2018 Washington State Book Award for Biography/Memoir for “The Spider and the Fly.” Rowe has researched and written about the foster care system, and has a forthcoming book on the topic.

About the book
“What I Carry” was named an American Library Association/YALSA Top Ten Novel for 2021 and is the 2022 selection for Teen All Iowa Reads.

“The power of relationship—both those experienced and those denied—is expertly explored throughout this novel with nuance and humanity.” – KIRKUS (Starred) Random House Books 2020

“Charming, honest, and hopeful. This is a story you’ll fall for.” – Deb Caletti, author of “A Heart in a Body in the World”

About the event
This event is presented by the Washington Center for the Book, an affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library.

View in Catalog: What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
ADA Accommodations 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.

ADA Accommodations: 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.