A night of poetic liveliness is in store as Seattle poet Rose McAleese reads from her debut collection, Strong. Female. Character. (Litsam). As a poet in performance over the past five years and more, Rose McAleese has garnered many awards and won numerous Poetry Slam competitions. Strong. Female. Character. shows that her work is strong on the page, as well. "I'm on a NASA shuttle falling back toward Earth and a woman astronaut, dressed in a space suit made of brass, is getting it all off her chest before splashdown, everything she's thought or dreamed, tumbling out of her in a heady, hypnotic stream. That's how I feel reading Rose McAleese's book full of odes, letters, rants and rites. It's a thrilling ride." - Karen Finneyfrock. "These poems harken back to ancient traditions, to a time (pre-Gutenberg) when spoken poetry would regularly illuminate large audiences, as well as the poet herself." - Tom Robbins.