Silence & Communication

On Thursday, September 1st, Elliott Bay Book Company is co-sponsoring Silence & Communication, a large-scale reading and performance at Sole Repair Shop on Capitol Hill. The event features 22 writers from the Pacific Northwest, as well as a host of local literary presses, in a dizzying night of poetry and performance. Concision is key here: each reader receives a small window of time to present in whatever mode they see fit. What’s more, readers will be arranged around the room, performing in dynamic, round-robin fashion.

As one of the 22 writers reading next week, I’m thrilled to have Elliott Bay in our corner. S&C seeks to accomplish a lot. Though, at its heart, this event is a celebration of the vibrant literary community we have in the Pacific Northwest. Take a look at this fine list of Cascadian performers:

Joe Milutis, Matthew Simmons, M Thompson, Lisa Wells, Crystal Curry, Nico Vassilakis, Cristin Miller, Paul Nelson, Alex Bleecker, Jarret Middleton, Jeremy Springsteed, Laura Wachs, Robert Mittenthal, Greg Bem, Jason Conger, Willie Fitzgerald, Graham Isaac, Summer Robinson, Jesse Minkert, Ian Ettinger, Gregory Laynor, and Melanie Noel.

The following local literary presses and journals will be in attendance as well. Many of their titles can be found on our shelves: Wave Books, PageBoy, Hoarse, Pilot Books, and Dark Coast Press.

Finally, in addition to Elliott Bay, the following excellent Seattle literary arts groups are sponsoring the event: Rogue Scholar, Richard Hugo House, SPLAB, and Jack Straw Productions.

So, if you’re out and about Thursday evening, come on by. It promises to be an exhilarating evening. And, if not, still take a moment to appreciate just how active our literary neighborhood is – all those writers and their notebooks,  local presses and their beautiful books, the bookstores and community organizations pulling it all together. Must be something very good in the water.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for more info. Hope to see you there!


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