Start: 7:00 pm
Poet and translator (of Miguel Hernández) Don Share, with Christian Wiman, edits Poetrymagazine, one of the country's venerable, most prestigious literary journals. Together they've also compiled and edited an anthology celebrating the first one hundred years of Poetry's existence, The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press). This anthology far and wide in time and aesthetics. Poets with strong Northwest ties such as Belle Randall, William Matthews, Denise Levertov, and Gary Snyder are among those included, along with H.D., Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, E.E. Cummings, Kay Ryan, William Butler Yeats, and many more. Also on hand this evening will be poet and editor Kevin Craft, Poetry contributor and editor of Poetry Northwest. "There is nothing quite like it anywhere else: Poetry has had imitators, but has so far survived them all. It is an American Institution." - T.S. Eliot.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with TOWN HALL'S GLOBAL VOICES Series. A most welcome Seattle return is made this evening by esteemed novelist, post-colonial literary and cultural scholar, and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o. From Kenya, and generally considered, along with Nuruddin Farah, East Africa's leading literary figure, he is here this evening with a compelling new autobiographical work, In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir (Pantheon). "Alternately youthfully innocent and politically savvy, this is a first-rate telling of that African revolutionary elite who determined the fate of their continent." - Publishers Weekly. Ngugi wa Thiong'o's many other books include Dreams in a Time of War, Wizard of the Crow, Petals of Blood, and Decolonising the Mind. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.strangertickets.com. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.