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Poetry Events


April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate poetry with the Common Book.

Check out these National Poetry Month events >


Manic Mouth Congress Open Mike

UW slam poetry collective hosts this open mike every Thursday.

Thursdays | 7 p.m.

Café Allegro

4214 University Way NE (in the alley behind Magus Books)

Visit Manic Mouth Congress site >



Now Showing: Poetry Films from the Vault


In celebration of National Poetry month and this year's Common Book, the Media Center in Odegaard Undergraduate Library will screen 3 rare poetry films. While being projected in all their deteriorating analog glory, we will simultaneously digitize the films for preservation and access.

4/27/11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Odegaard Undergraduate Library | Room 220

Learn more >


Poetry in Film: Bright Star


Inspired by Keats's poetry and the actual love letters the pair exchanged, Bright Star details the passionate three-year romance between nineteenth century Romantic poet John Keats–who died at 25–and his great love and muse, Fanny Brawne.

Starring Abbie Cornish (now starring in Sucker Punch) and Ben Whishaw (from The International with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts)

119 minutes.

4/27/11 | 4:30 p.m.

Odegaard Undergraduate Library | Room 220

Learn more >

Watch the trailer >


Poetry in Film: The Iron Giant


Hogarth Hughes just rescued an enormous robot that fell from the stars to Earth. Now young Hogarth has one very big friend and an even bigger problem: how do you keep a 50-foot-tall, steel-eating giant a secret? Based on The Iron Man by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.

Voices include Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr, and Vin Diesel

86 minutes.

5/4/11 | 4:30 p.m.

Odegaard Undergraduate Library | Room 220

Learn more >

Watch the trailer >


Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series: Billy Collins

The “class clown in the schoolhouse of American poetry,” Collins is both critically acclaimed and tremendously popular. Collins’ visit to Seattle in November was impacted by the snowstorm so he’s returning in May.

Friends of the UW Common Book can receive 15% off regular Seattle Arts & Lectures ticket prices for Billy Collins. The discount applies to all ticketing levels except balcony seating. Use the discount code COLLINSCOMMON on the Seattle Arts & Lectures website or over the phones.

Also, Seattle Arts & Lectures always offers free day of Student Rush Tickets at Will Call when you present a student ID.

5/22/11 | 7:30 p.m.

Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

Buy tickets here >

More information here >


Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series: Wendell Berry

The “class clown in the schoolhouse of American poetry,” Collins is both critically acclaimed and tremendously popular. Collins’ visit to Seattle in November was impacted by the snowstorm so he’s returning in May.

Friends of the UW Common Book can receive 15% off regular Seattle Arts & Lectures ticket prices for Wendell Berry. The discount applies to all ticketing levels except balcony seating. Use the discount code BERRYCOMMON on the Seattle Arts & Lectures website or over the phones.

Also, Seattle Arts & Lectures always offers free day of Student Rush Tickets at Will Call when you present a student ID.

5/24/11 | 7:30 p.m.

Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

Buy tickets here >

More information here >


Hear poetry and read your own


These websites include listings of open-mike events and readings:

PoetsWest

Visit PoetsWest site >


Washington Poets Association

Visit Washington Poets Association site >



Open-mike and reading series:


Hugo Works in Progress

Richard Hugo House

1634 11th Avenue

206-322-7030

Visit Hugo House site >

First Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m. sign up. Readings begin at 7 p.m.


It's About Time Writers Reading Series

Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library 
5614 22nd Ave NW
206-684-4089

Visit It’s About Time site >

Second Thursday of every month from 6–7:45 p.m.


Manic Mouth Congress

UW Poetry Slam Student Group

Café Allegro

4214 University Way NE (in the alley behind Magus Books)

Every Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

Visit Manic Mouth Congress site >


PoetsWest at Seattle Public Library

Seattle Public Library: Green Lake Branch
7364 East Greenlake Drive North

Visit PoetsWest site >

First, second, and third Saturdays of the month, 4–5:30 p.m.


Write to Move

Phinney Neighborhood Association
6532 Phinney Ave. N
206-783-2244

Visit Phinney Neighborhood Association site >

Monthly poetry and contemporary performance art series in Seattle

the second Friday of every month, to coincide with the Greenwood-Phinney ArtWalk, 7–9 p.m.




Bookstores that feature poets


Elliot Bay Books

1521 10th Avenue

Visit Elliott Bay Books site >


Open Books Poetry

2414 North 45th Street

Visit Open Books Poetry site >


Pilot Books

Upstairs in the Alley Building

219 Broadway East

Visit Pilot Books site >


University Book Store

4326 University Way NE

Visit University Book Store site >




Common Book News


Poets to visit as part of UW Common Book’s celebration of National Poetry Month >

UW Today | April 13, 2011
Nationally-acclaimed poets Philip Levine and Ken Arkind will share their work and answer questions at “Poetry: From Pulitzer to Performance” as part of the UW Common Book’s celebration of National Poetry Month. The event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Kane.


Manic Mouth Congress Slam Poetry >

UW 360 | April 2011
Hear performances from slam poetry group Manic Mouth Congress as they compete in a national poetry competition. Featuring Common Book Student Ambassadors Shelby Handler and Katie McCorkell.


Traditions >

Columns Magazine | December 2010
“What Work Is” by Philip Levine was featured in the 2010 UW Common Book, You Are Never Where You Are. Since 2006 the UW has chosen one book for all freshmen to read. This year’s book marks two major firsts: It is the first Common Book to focus on poetry and the first original anthology--the 15 poems in the book appear together nowhere else.


Turning up the volume >

The Daily | 11/18/10
“This is not a heart / it’s a volume knob,” UW senior Jillian Skeen read into a microphone yesterday afternoon in Red Square as she led a group of students in a flash mob inspired by this year’s Common Book.


Poetry out loud: Bringing the Common Book to life >

UW Today | 11/17/10
How do you engage people with a poem? Speak it, sing it, scream it, scrawl it. Discuss it, argue over it, dance to it--anything to launch the words off the printed page and into the world. Story focuses on Professor Anis Bawarshi’s class using the Common Book and a student-initiated flash mob inspired by the class.


UW Common Book: You Are Never Where You Are (Watch) >

The Daily’s Double Shot | 10/22/10
The second season kicks off with Breanna Lai’s look into the pages of this year’s common book, "You Are Never Where You Are." Selection committee members Christopher Campbell, Shelby Handler, and Frances McCue are interviewed.


Poetry Slam >

The Daily | 9/29/10

Once freshmen have read the common book, the hope is that it will introduce and connect them to the community while also strengthening engagement with the book’s themes. In past years, the book has been integrated into classes and Freshman Interest Groups with guest speakers and other related events.


UW selects poetry to speak to freshmen >

MyNorthwest.com | 9/29/10

It’s become something of a tradition for universities to choose a book for the entire freshman class to read. The University of Washington took the road less traveled this year by going with a book of poems, called "You Are Never Where You Are."


UW’s freshmen all must read (gasp!) poetry >

Crosscut.com | 9/22/10

A University of Washington committee took a brave step, deciding that this year’s common book for all incoming freshmen would be a volume of poetry.


More Common Book news >


 


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Events and News

“People like poetry like people like music: nobody doesn’t. If some think they don’t, they just haven’t listened to the right thing.”

—Richard Kenney,
UW professor and poet