Posted by: tksellman | April 21, 2009

Seattle poets: Don’t miss this crowning NaPoMo event on Saturday!

Puget Sound poets and fans of poetry: you should especially consider this closing weekend one of the best times to celebrate National Poetry Month— Saturday, April 25, rings in the Washington Poetry Association’s annual Spring Festival, “Around the World in Poetry.”

Held from 10am-10pm at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, the WPA offers a full day of writing workshops, an open mic, a reading and panel discussion, a showcase of international poetry, and experiments in translation.

Expect a melange of poetry, performance, dance, sound and floral arts throughout the day. You will not want to miss out on their beautiful experiment!

Presenters at the festival include Sam Green, Andrea Lingenfelter, Barbara Ann Allin, Dave Jarecki, Angel Latterell, Keely Isaak Meehan, David Meltzer, Linden Ontjes, Michael Rothenberg, and Christian Swenson.

Workshops focus on literary translation and the way in which poetry serves “as a translation of the everyday, working from our experiences, journals and from the mysterious.” The main-stage event begins at 8pm. Cost is $10 at the door.

All are welcome to attend a very special, pre-show reading and panel discussion on translation, moderated by literary journalist Dave Jarecki, with visiting guests David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg and with local literary translator Andrea Lingenfelter. The pre-show, at 7pm in the Hugo House Theatre, is included in your evening ticket cost.

Pre-register soon for all morning and afternoon workshops online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (206) 225-6555.

PS If inspired to draft some poems after attending what promises to be an innovative and creative event, you might consider submitting your work to WPA poetry contests: deadline May 15. More info for easy online guidelines.

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