Rich Smith gives APRIL (and the city of Seattle) some love on the Tin House blog. Give ‘er a read.
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)gmail.com or gregbem(at)gmail.com to join.
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!
APRIL is pleased to announce that the Neighborhoods and Community Arts program, through the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, will be extending funding to our 2013 festival!
A big thanks to our sweet, sweet city for our first grant!
For the full list of awardees, you can visit their page here.