Reading at The Jack Straw Reading Series

Every third Wednesday former writers from the Jack Straw Writer program read in an event curated by a writer from the program. This upcoming Thursday, February 15th 7 pm (free), is hosted by Larry Laurence, who will have Ezra Mark, James, Reed, and myself read. The Jack Straw (formerly Crab Radio) studios are brown and warm and readings there always strike me as brown and warm. Come around if you are in the U District on Wednesday night.

About the host and readers:

Larry Laurence (1999) was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a Navy family and moved many times throughout his childhood. He began writing in his twenties, earning an M.A., English, studying poetry under Philip Levine and Peter Everwine. He earned a second M.A. 12 years later, this time in Rehabilitation Counseling, which he uses to work with disabled adults in Seattle. He has been awarded grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and Artist Trust, plus residencies at Squaw Valley Community Of Writers (California) and Cummington Center For The Arts (Massachusetts). He has published in Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, The Prose Poem, Raven Chronicles and other magazines. Scenes Beginning With The Footbridge At The Lake, a chapbook from Brooding Heron Press, Waldron Island, WA, was published in 1992.

Matt Briggs’ (2002) first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was published by Clear Cut Press this last winter. The Oregonian said, “Not since the emergence of Sherman Alexie has the Northwest produced such a unique narrative voice.” Briggs is the author of three previous story collections including The Remains of River Names and The Moss Gatherers. His work has appeared in The North Atlantic Review, The Northwest Review, Spork, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. Briggs was raised in the Snoqualmie Valley.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ezra Mark (2004) has cultivated certain typographical errors during his years in Seattle. His work has often dealt with the material aspects of language, involving silence, disjunction, skewed structures, fountain pens and the occasional grand gesture; he is increasingly fascinated with temporal structures, both theoretically and in terms of process. He is a member of the Subtext Reading Series Collective. Narthex and Tenet are among his poetry books; his prose works include “Two,” “Intention,” and “Retention,” which has been described as “austere and very Old World, Old European.” He has recently completed “à,” a 365-part digression that can be read or reconfigured in multiple ways.

James Reed (2004) is a poet living in Seattle with a long-standing involvement in the arts beginning as a teacher and performer on classic guitar. For the last many years he has worked in the design field doing residential architecture and designing and fabricating contemporary furniture emphasizing the use of mixed materials. His recent work has appeared in BirdDog and Organization & Environment. Shelter, a book of poetry, is forthcoming from dPress in Sebastopol, CA.

Selected excerpts from the Jack Straw Reading Series will be aired on KUOW-FM 94.9 during “The Beat,” between 2 and 3 pm on the monday preceding the next reading.

The Jack Straw Reading Series is a joint venture between Jack Straw Productions and KUOW-FM. Readings will take place the third Wednesday of each month. An extension of the Jack Straw Writers Program, the Jack Straw Reading Series features an invited curator (a former writer or curator from the Jack Straw Writers Program) to program an evening of reading with three or four alumni from the Jack Straw Writers Program. Selections from each event will be broadcast on KUOW’s “The Beat” on the third Monday of each month.

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