post-paneling AWP off-site readings— for everyone!

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

It’s macro Monday!

Support APRIL like these upright citizens.

APRIL + Tin House Blog

Rich Smith gives APRIL (and the city of Seattle) some love on the Tin House blog. Give ‘er a read. 

stop the seattle nice


You might have heard of the “Seattle freeze” socially, but in the lit scene, it’s all about the “Seattle nice,” which actually isn’t nice for sustaining a vibrant artistic community. When friends give glowing reviews of friends and negative reviews are about a personal grudge, forwarding literary criticism comes to a standstill. Sunday, Seattle Poetry Panels will explore the future of lit crit in the PNW.

Join Paul Nelson in conversation with Daemond Arrindell, Christine Deavel, Graham Isaac, and Kate Lebo on Sunday at 7 p.m. It’s a Google Hangout, so you can bring your own booze.

Email ambydexterous(at) or gregbem(at) to join.


Jake and Mia supporting our friends back in Seattle and their APRIL endeavors. Keep it real, Emerald City.

Aww, thanks friends. You’re pulling at our heart strings all the way from the other coast.


Jake and Mia supporting our friends back in Seattle and their APRIL endeavors. Keep it real, Emerald City.

Aww, thanks friends. You’re pulling at our heart strings all the way from the other coast.

the amount of lit is overwhelming

APRIL doesn’t start until next Monday, but our friends are hosting a lot of great events this week!

Tomorrow, get some brews and books at Naked City Brewery in Greenwood. The event will feature readings from Adam Novy, Dylan Nice, Richard Chiem, and Cameron Pierce.

Thursday, join YesYes Books & Matthew Dickman as they raise funds for YouthCare, a non-profit benefitting homeless youth. The event will feature readings from Richard Chiem, Matthew Dickman, Elaina Ellis, Rachel Kessler, Sierra Nelson, and Corey Zeller.

Sunday, Paul Nelson hosts a discussion on the problem of the “Seattle nice” and the state of literary criticism in the Northwest. Panelists include Daemond Arrindell, Christine Deavel, Graham Isaac, and Kate Lebo. Plus, it’s online so you don’t even need to leave your couch!

—And we all can’t pull off her naked-in-the-name of art look.

Another bonus to the shirts, besides supporting Seattle’s youngest (and only all independent) lit fest, is backside coverage.

Get your shirt here:

Check out these swanky new APRIL shirts! There’s only a few days left to grab yours — head to to learn more. 

Check out these swanky new APRIL shirts! There’s only a few days left to grab yours — head to to learn more. 


“I don’t mind being out front telling people, ‘Hey, if you care about having a bookstore in your community, guess what? You have to buy books there. It helps the tax base, it creates jobs. We’re not just a showroom for Amazon.’ ”

Ann Patchett quoted by John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego, California, USA), May 8, 2012.

Obviously, we love this. Some of our favorite local indies are Elliott Bay Book Company, Spine & Crown, Third Place Books, and Wessel and Lieberman

Also, did you know we’re fundraising outside of Kickstarter this year so we didn’t have to give a share to Amazon?

(via wordpainting)