Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK. Award-winning Seattle poet Susan Rich, who has read at Elliott Bay for each of her first two booksThe Cartographer's Tongue/Poems of the World and Cures Include Travelis here tonight with her newest collection, The Alchemist's Kitchen (White Pine Press). "This is art in the light of conscience, as Marina Tsvetaeva has written, voicing the sufferings of Somalia, Sarajevo, and Srbrenica, history and its black ash of question marks yet it is also an art of praise. From The Alchemist's Kitchen spills an abundance of the world's fruits, herbs and pastries, gestures of hospitality and regard, for Susan Rich is a poet who writes in the midst of things, and out of a searing awareness of loss and obliviousness to loss, desire and its absence, what it means to be spiritually awake, to behold human life in all its possibility, pathos and transcience and yet say yes." - Carolyn Forché.