Events

All events listed here are free, unless otherwise noted. (See the Events archive here.)

Look for an update to this calendar soon!

 

 

Older Events:

Feb 9:  Reading for Washington State Legislature, Olympia, 10 a.

Feb 9: Passing the Laurel: Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Elizabeth Austen and Friends, Hugo House, Seattle. 7:30 p.

Outgoing Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen “passes the laurel” to 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. The celebration includes brief readings by Marshall and Austen, and Pacific Northwest poets Rick Barot, Karen Finneyfrock, Jourdan Keith, Jane Wong and a surprise guest or two. Join us starting at 6:30 for an informal reception in the Cabaret.

Feb 18:  Guest on KYRS Art Hour, 88.1/92.3 FM, 3p

Feb 18:  “Laureate Reading” at Aunties Bookstore with Laura Read (Spokane Poet Laureate), Thom Caraway (former Spokane Laureate), and special guests, Spokane,  7 p.

Feb 24:  Reading at Spokane Falls Community College with Laura Read Bldg 24, room 110, Spokane, 11:30 a.

Mar 2:  Reading at Spokane Community College, Spokane, TBA

Mar 5:  Poetry Out Loud State Final, Judge, Tacoma, 1 p.

Theatre on the Square in the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, located at 901 Broadway, Tacoma, WA.  Event is free and open to the public.  Will get to listen to wonderful high school students recite poems!

Mar 10:  Team Child Poetry Reading Fundraiser at St. John’s Church with Laura Read, Thom Caraway, and others, 5:30-7p.  Open to the public.

Please join me with Thom and Laura and talented young poets as we try to help raise money and awareness for a good cause.

Mar 13:  Workshop and Reading in Metaline Falls, Cutter Theater, 302 Park Street, 2 to 4p with workshop, reading and live music by Donivan Johnson

March 18:  Pioneer School visit, Spokane, WA, 10:30a

Mar 30-Apr 3:  Associated Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles, various events

Apr 8:  Crossing the Border!  Reading @ Public Library, Coeur d’Alene, ID,  with other poets, doors open at 6 pm!

Apr 9Poetry Prowl, all day festival in Ellensburg, details TBA

Apr 10:   African American Writers’ Alliance, Columbia City Library, 2p

Apr 12:  Periodic Table Reading, GETLIT, Spark Center, 1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane, 6:30p 

Apr 13:  Class visits at North Central High School, Spokane, 8a

Apr 14: “Readers Are Leaders,” Olympia, 7-9a, Keynote speaker

Apr 14:  Class visits at Olympia High School, 9:30-noon

Apr 14:  “Olympia People’s Mic,” Ben Moore’s, 112 4th Ave. W, 6:30p

Apr 16:  Ritzville Public Library, reading and workshop, 10a to noon

Apr 16:  Reading and workshop, GETLIT, Spokane Convention Center, 3:30-5p

Apr 17:  Lost Horse Press Poetry Reading, emcee,  featured readers include former poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken, and Washington Poets Katrina Roberts, Rob Carney, and others, Davenport Hotel Peacock Room, 12-2p

Apr 18:  Class visits at University High School, Spokane, 9a

Apr 21:  Gig Harbor Poetry Series, Gig Harbor Library, 7:30p

Apr 22:  Whidbey Island Center for the Arts , guest of Elizabeth Austen, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts 565 Camano Ave, Langley, WA, 7:30-9:30p.

Apr 24:  Book Launch for Noisy Water anthology!   Going to listen to the poets read and check out the art.  Special Exhibit and Reading in celebration of National Poetry Month.  At the Firehouse Café, Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Bellingham, WA, 6:30p

Apr 25:  Poetry Night, Mount Baker Theater’s Encore Room, 104 North Commercial Street, Bellingham, WA, 8p

Apr 26:  Gonzaga Guild Speaker, Herak Club, Gonzaga University, noon

Apr 27:  Poetry Month celebration!  Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Richland, with Urban Poets Society founder Jordan Chaney, young poets, and others, 6 to 8p

Apr 28:  Chuckanut Radio Hour, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, 6:30p

Apr 29:  Downtown Seattle Public Library writing workshop, 12-2.

Apr 29:  Reading at Folio, Seattle, with Heather McHugh and Lucia Perillo, 7:30p

Apr 30:  Workshop at Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2-4 p

Apr 30:  Louder Than a Bomb, Tacoma Community College Auditorium, 3:30p (I’ll get there by 4:30)

May 2:  Taproot Lecture, SPARK, Spokane, WA, 7p

May 11:  Clark College English Department Awards, Speaker, Vancouver, WA, 5:30p

May 12:  Free workshop with Christopher Luna, Angst Gallery 3-5p

May 12:  Ghost Town Open Mic, Angst Gallery, 1015 Main, Vancouver, WA, 7 p

May 16:  Class Visits, Rogers High School, Spokane, WA, 9a-noon

May 16:  Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca, SPARK, Spokane, 7p

May 18:  Curtis Senior High School, Tacoma, class visits, 9a to noon

May 18:  Talk on Poetry, Creativity, and Careers in the Arts, University of Washington, Tacoma, MDS 202, 1-2:30p

May 18:  Reading and Conversation at Rainier Arts Center with Oliver de la Paz and Claudia Castro Luna, Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, 7:30p

May 19-22:  Skagit River Poetry Festival, La Conner, WA, May 19-22 (ticket information on SRPF website)

May 26:  Liberty Bell High School, class visits during the day; in the evening, a public reading at The Merc with Dennis Held and students, Winthrop, WA, 6p

May 27:  Willow Springs Books Fundraiser.  Spokane, Bartlett, 6 p.

June 2:  Mercer Island Arts Council Events:

Morning:  school visits on Mercer Island.

1-2:30PM – Poetry workshop. Mercer Island Community and Events Center.

3-4:30PM – Question and Answer session with poetry groups.  Island Books.

7PM – Public reading at Mercer Island Community and Events Center

 

 

11 thoughts on “Events

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  2. Vicky Smith

    Hello Elizabeth-
    At St. Joseph Residence, a home in West Seattle for retired Catholic sisters, we have been enjoying a Poet’s Corner every month. We select a poet and carve out some time one afternoon to read her/his poetry and discuss it. Imagine our joy to have selected Washington’s Poet Laureate for yesterday’s Poet’s Corner! We are all captivated by your work. We especially loved On Punctuation, and also This Morning. The sisters are wondering if you would consider coming to St. Joseph Residence and/or Providence Mount St. Vincent, which is right next door? We’d love to host a real, live poet, especially one whose work just lit up our discussion! We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
    -Vicky Smith, Recreation Therapist, 206-937-4600.

  3. Vicky Smith

    Hi Elizabeth-

    The sisters were so excited when I read your reply! (And so was I) Thank you for your very prompt response!

    Typically we meet at 3pm, and usually on a Thursday whenever possible. I’m wondering about a Thursday in January? Second choice would be Tuesday, the 27th, and after that, perhaps a Friday other than the 9th.

    I am also wondering what sort of format you might have in mind?

    We look forward to hearing again from you.

    -Vicky

  4. Eddie Reed

    I am the assistant principal of a seattle innercity high school. Many budding poets at our school in need of outlet and encouragement, yet i noticed that no poetry workshops via the poet laureate office, for the Central district or Rainer Valley or South Park neighborhoods of Seattle. These are our poorest communities, yet even the desert welcomes a flower.

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  8. Margaret Doran

    11-09-15 Richland, WA

    An Afternoon with Elizabeth Austen

    The time passed much too fast
    hours became only minutes
    and though sated, I wanted more
    needed more: more forgiveness, more
    kindness, more absolution

    You were all these things,
    opening up misplaced treasures
    understaning, banishing old guilt

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