Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Improbable Poets Have Their Pajamas Ready

We'd love to see you at the Alexis Hotel this Saturday at 5 PM

5 PM Saturday, October 6th Kelli Russell Agodon, Elizabeth Austen, Harold Taw and myself will be reading poetry (and one short story) in our pajamas in the Gallery Room at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle as part of ArtsCrush. What are we thinking you might ask. Fun? A sense of the absurd? A way to get folks who aren't usually exposed to poetry (hotel guests) to come hear something new? Yes to all of the above! 

Here's what you'll hear if you come on out (pajamas optional for listeners).

Book Lift launches "The Improbable Places Poetry Tour +1" tonight with “Bedroom Suite” a literary extravaganza in the Gallery Room at the Alexis Hotel. Original pieces concerned with love on the sly, fantasy vacations, and a hotel ghost make this an improbable night of poem and story. Join award winning writers Elizabeth Austen, Kelli Russell Agodon, Harold Taw and Susan Rich.

When Harold Taw emailed me one bright June day to say that ArtsCrush was looking for events, I decided to write out a proposal for a dream project I had been thinking about for more than a year. As I sat sequestered in a jury room, it seemed not so far fetched to put a reading together at a local hotel. My dear friend Colleen Michaels dreamed up The Improbable Places Poetry Tour in Massachusetts a few years ago. Her tour also has a stop this week so if you are closer to Beverly Massachusetts than you are to Seattle, check out Wayne's World Automotive.


A garage, huh? That’s right, folks. The cars might be up on the lift, but the humming engine will come from the poets. A Pinto persona poem, an ode to an mechanic, hydraulic suspension or safety child locks – all makes and models welcome. Think of words as vehicles and poems as spark plugs.

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Absolutely! Come listen and cheer on the readers and get a poetry tune up at Wayne’s World!


We hope to see you at one of these events this week! And if it is too far to come, consider starting your own event in your community. It's the right time to bring poetry to the people!

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