SHERMAN ALEXIE, EJ KOH, ROBERT LASHLEY
Co-presented with the SEATTLE REVIEW OF BOOKS. By numerous accounts, one of the great readings to take place in Seattle in some time, memorable in the way few truly are, happened during Bumbershoot - a place and time where precious few saw and heard what happened onstage that night. Determined to set things right - and to help as only poetry can - to help re-charge the language after the damage done by election rhetoric, Paul Constant and the Seattle Review of Books, along with the poets in question this evening will read from their work. These being Seattle poet EJ Koh, for one. She is nationally known, with numerous awards and fellowships, publication in over forty journals. Her first collection, A Lesser Love, received a Pleiades Press Editors Prize - and will appear next year. Much-awaited that will be. Robert Lashley is down from his Bellingham base, the author of a powerful debut collection, The Homeboy Songs (Small Doggies Press). “Robert Lashley is not just playing with a full deck; he’s playing with all the goddamn decks. He trades in Shakespeare and Simone, Yeats and Dove, Auden and Three 6 Mafia and razzles and hymns, all with the kind of swagger and strut that asks and offers no apology. The Homeboy Songs is a stunning achievement, announcing Lashley not just an an important poetic voice, but as a new kind of prophet …” - Mindy Nettifee. Sherman Alexie is the other alleged mastermind to this evening happening, first and foremost a poet, even as he also writes dazzling novels, stories, memoirs (next spring), children’s books, and screenplays. What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned (Hanging Loose Press) is his sixth full-length poetry collection. He is also one of the more generous, curious, supportive souls at work in the larger literary world today. Amen.