Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thurs. June 12, 2008 #227

Carol Levin 's chapbook Sea Lions Sing Scat was published 2007 (Finishing Line Press). Red Rooms & Others is due in August(Pecan Grove Press). Work appears in The Massachusetts Review, Third Coast,The Seattle Review, Pedestal, Cortland Review, Comstock Review & has collaborated in translating Chekhov’s plays.

Hadiyah Carlyle says she is now old enough to be a part of history. In the 60’s she was a single parent in Haight Ashbury. In the 70’s, she was the first and only female shipyard welder in Bellingham. Now she's completed UW's memoir writing program and hopes to get her story out “one of these days.”

Jourdan Keith, playwright, Griot, activist and educator, is Seattle Poet Populist Emeritus and Seattle Public Library Naturalist-in-Residence. Her work blends the textures of political, personal and natural landscapes to offer voices from the margins of American lives. Founder and Director of Urban Wilderness Project, she is a Hedgebrook alum.

Crysta Casey has been published in "Seattle Review," "Fine Madness," "Arkansas/Kansas Quarterly," "Berkeley Poets' Co-op," "Pontoon," and others. Her first book Is Heart Clinic (Bellowing Ark Press, 1993). She is the recipiant of a Richard Hugo Prize & is in her second decade of reading for It's About Time.

For the list of 2008 readers, visit the It's About Time. Also find our Writers Craft talks there.

Hope to see you soon,

Saturday, May 17, 2008

It's About Time Goes 21st Century

Thanks to Peggy Sturdivant's May 8th Craft Talk on Blogs & Healing at our 226th reading, I've been inspired to bring About Time into the 21st century. I'll be posting each month's reading line-up on the blog. To view a list of our past readings, visit It's About Time at the original website. I'll still be posting craft talks there.

It's About Time has been meeting in various locations since January 1990: Ravenna-Bryant Senior Center, North Seattle Community College, Other Voices Book store, University Branch Library, and Ravenna Third Place Books. Thanks to the administrators of all those venues for their support.

Now thanks go to Ellen and Lynn of the Ballard Library team for inviting us into the library's beautiful new space, and to Liz from Central for publicizing our readings in the Seattle Public Library bulletins. Come meet our May 8th readers. They were superb, as usual.

Peggy Sturdivant writes a weekly column for the Ballard News-Tribune, and the blog "At Large in Ballard" on She has just launched a series on the intersection of neighborhoods with City of Seattle government for the on-line newspaper CrossCut. She lives with her daughter in Ballard.

Clarice Keegan has a MA in philosophy, is a technical writer by day, and has been a poet since 1994. She is the author of two chapbooks, Seat of Desire and Why I Was Adopted. She was also the first winner of the WPA Bart Baxter Award for Performance Poetry.

Felicia Gonzalez was born and raised in Cuba. An alumna of Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and Jack Straw Writers Program, she is a recipient of a 2007 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. In 2006, she was awarded an individual artists grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the chapbook, Recollection Graffiti.

Peter Pereira’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, and have been anthologized in 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, and the 2007 Best American Poetry. His poems have also been featured online at Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, as well as on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac. His books include The Lost Twin (Grey Spider 2000), Saying the World (Copper Canyon, 2003, Winner of the Hayden Carruth Award), and What’s Written on the Body (Copper Canyon 2007). He is a family physician in Seattle, and was a founding editor of Floating Bridge Press.

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