Team APRIL is excited to go into the conference center for AWP for the endless buffet of panels and discussions from thousands of writers and publishers arriving in Seattle this week (you’ll see us especially Thursday at this panel Frances is moderating about expanding small press readership and this panel Friday where Tara will talk about readings off campus)—but if you aren’t going to register for the conference, there’s still a million readings and parties for you each night. Here’s some of our picks:
—Come see us!—
APRIL/Gigantic/Magic Helicopter/Octopus Books/Poor Claudia Off-Site Reading
Raygun Lounge, 8 pm, free
Readings from James Yeh, Mike Young, Adam Wilson, Melissa Broder, Tyler Gobble, Carrie Lorig, James Gendron, and Tyler Brewington
FSG Originals presents LITERATURE PARTY 2014
a night of literature and party benefiting APRIL
FRED Wildlife Refuge, 9pm, $7 adv/ $10 door
Readings from Amelia Gray, Melissa Broder, Sommer Browning
Dance party by DJs Jon Francois and Christian Science
Giant video wall by HTML Giant
Bookstore by Vouched Books
—Get a sneak peak of APRIL Festival 2014’s readers—
ED SKOOG reads at “Burnside Review, Four Way Books, Canarium Books, and Lana Turner Reading”
Fremont Abbey, 7pm, free
With Ed Skoog, Ralph Angel, Jeff Alessandrelli, Paula Cisewski, David J. Daniels, Brian Komei Dempster, Karen Brennan, Joy Katz, Ish Klein, Tod Marshall, Christopher Mattison, Sawako Nakayasu, Richard Greenfield, Sara Deniz Akant, and Jessica Laser.
DONALD DUNBAR reads at “Similar:Peaks::Poetry & Press Reading:Release::Party vol. 1”
Vermillion, 9pm, free
With Amy Silbergeld, Rauan Klassnik, Johannes Goransson, Monica McClure, Paula Cisewski, Marcus McDonald, Brian Oliu, Donald Dunbar, Lara Glenum, Brian W Hedgepeth, Jade Benoit, Kevin Sampsell and more.
JANE WONG reads at “I’M SO TIRED 2: Makeout Creek, OH NO Books, & Smoking Glue Gun Reading “
6pm, Vermillion, free
With Colleen Barry, Stephanie Berger, Nick Demske, Tarfia Faizullah, Noah Falck, Joe Hall, Sally Wen Mao, Joshua Poteat, Nate Waggoner, & Jane Wong
KATE LEBO reads at “VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Leave it to VIDA!”
Richard Hugo House, 8pm, $10 min donation
Readings by VIDA supporters Cheryl Strayed, Nick Flynn, Pam Houston, Natalie Diaz, Melissa Febos, Kate Lebo and Alexander Chee lampooning the bad ol’ days of the post war domestic.
LAUREN IRELAND reads at “The Destroyer, Flying Guillotine Press, Coconut, & Barrelhouse Author Reading “
LoFi Performance Gallery, 6pm, free
Stephanie Balzer, Brian Blanchfield, Dan Brady, Serena Chopra, Lauren Ireland, Krystal Languell, Justin Marks, John Twice Myers, Amber Nelson, Michael Rerick, & Shelly Taylor and $4 wells.
DONALD DUNBAR and LAUREN IRELAND read at “Seattle Six-Press Release Reading:
Rendezvouz Jewelbox Theater, 5pm, free
Sunnyoutside Press, Calamari, Hyacinth Girl Press, Magic Helicopter Press, Mammoth Editions, and Future Tense for a reading to celebrate the release of 7 new titles. Readers include Rusty Barnes, James Brubaker, Brandon Hobson, Lauren Ireland, Dan Nowak, May-Lan Tan, and Donald Dunbar.
SHIN YU PAI and MAGED ZAHER read at “From the Convergence Zone: UWB MFA”
Sole Repair, 6pm, free
With 1913 Press, Belladonna* Collaborative, Chax Press, Coach House, Essay Press, Les Figues Press, Slope Editions & Split Level Texts and 26+ readers.
ZUBAIR AHMED reads at “McSweeney’s Poetry Series Reading”
Richard Hugo House, 8pm, free
With Victoria Chang, Dan Chelotti, Zubair Ahmed, and Carl Adamshick.
MAGED ZAHER reads at “The Great Unwind: Music and Poetry”
Gallery 1412, 10pm, free
Caroline Crumpacker, Ben Doller, Robert Fernandez, Samantha Giles, Cole Swensen, Maged Zaher, music and refreshments.
—And in case you need more:—
(say goodbye to a beloved Seattle reading series at) the Breadline finale
7pm, Vermillion, free
roberto carlos ascalon, arlene biala, sarah heady, michelle penaloza & musical guest oh! pears
unlimited open mic & dance party with dj windows95
Wave Books off-site at ACT Theater
5:30pm, ACT Theater, free
with Mary Ruefle, Joshua Beckman, Cedar Sigo, Garrett Caples, and Eileen Myles
AWP IRL hosted by Tin House, Wave Books, and Tumblr
8pm, Chop Suey, free
Readings by Dorothea Lasky, Peter Mountford, Bianca Stone, and Matthew Zapruder
Tunes provided by DJ Mas y Menos (Colombia) & New Dadz (Portland)
Free admission and drinks (while they last).
Third Man Records, Black Ocean, & Mission Creek Present: Language Lessons Volume 1 AWP RELEASE PARTY
8pm, Barboza, $10/$5 with AWP badge
Readings from CD Wright, Kiki Petrosino, Brian Foley, DJ Dolack, Brian Barker, Adrian Matejka, Dale Ray Phillips
Music by Stickers
And a DJ set by Third Man Records co-founder Ben Swank
8pm, Vermillion, $5-$20 suggested donation
Poetry Serving Youth City by City (PSYCCity) partners with YouthCare in Seattle to raise the poetry community’s awareness of youth homelessness. Featured readers: Matthew Dickman, Matt Hart, Tanya Olson, Roger Reeves and Phillip B. Williams.
Alice Blue + Bloof + Coconut at AWP 2014
6pm, The Pine Box, free
Readings from Tyler Brewington, Jackie Clark, Shanna Compton, Mel Coyle, Bruce Covey, Ben Fama, Hailey Higdon, Megan Kaminski, Jiyoon Lee, Joseph Mains, Pattie McCarthy, Amanda Montei, Amber Nelson, Jenn Marie Nunes, Alexis Pope, Dawn Sueoka, Jennifer Tamayo, Ellen Welcker, Joseph P Wood, Wendy Xu and Nick Sturm