Third Thursday Poetry Reading Series

Third Thursday Poetry Reading Series

Thursday, Apr 20, 2023 6:00 PM

Arundel Books
322 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA, 98104

Join us as we kick off our brand new Third Thursday Poetry Reading Series with Carolyne Wright and Sharon Cumberland! 

Learn more bout the authors:

Carolyne Wright's most recent books are Masquerade, a memoir in poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021) and This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. She has nine earlier books and chapbooks of poetry; a ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace(Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations; and five award-winning volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali—the latest of which is Map Traces, Blood Traces / Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre (Mayapple Press, 2017), a bilingual sequence of poems by Seattle-based Chilean poet, Eugenia Toledo (Finalist for the 2018 Washington State Book Award in Poetry, and for the 2018 PEN Los Angeles Award in Translation). Carolyne has served as Visiting Poet and professor of Creative Writing at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Harvard, Radcliffe, Emory University and the University of Miami. She returned in 2005 to her native Seattle, where she teaches for Hugo House, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program (from 2005 until the program’s closure in 2016), and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Study Grant; she returned to Brazil in 2018 for an Instituto Sacatar artist's residency in Bahia. She has also received grants from the NEA, 4Culture, and Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, among others. A Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award granted in 2020 and delayed by Covid-19 took her back to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, for two months in mid-2022, and for another two months in 2023.

Sharon Cumberland is an Emeritus Professor at Seattle University where she taught English and directed the Creative Writing program. Her poetry collections are Peculiar Honors and Strange With Age (Black Heron Press) and Found in a Letter 1959 (Ex Ophidia Press). Her chapbooks are The Arithmetic of Mourning (Green Rock Press) and Greatest  Hits 1985-2000 (Pudding House Press). Cumberland’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Verse and Image as well as many other collections and journals. She’s had residencies at Yaddo, the Jack Straw Foundation, and The Seasons Music Festival in Yakima, WA where she was Poet in Residence. She founded the Greenwood Poets, a weekly critiquing group now in its twentieth year, and is an arts reviewer for Seattle Gay News where she also publishes POETRY= LIFE, poetry from the GLBTQ+ community. She facilitates the Women’s University Club of Seattle Facilitated Reading Group.