Events are at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington, unless noted. A Gold Pass gains bearer admission to all events except paid workshops. No admission to any workshop will be given without a Gold Pass. To buy a Gold Pass, click here. Click here for poet bios. Single events are $10 at the door.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
7pm – Launch of 56 Days of August (Poetry Postcard anthology) – King’s Books, 218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA.
Friday, October 13, 2017
9am-2pm – Youth Poetry Day (presented by Write253): A day of workshops, community building, and open mics. Free and open to middle/high school students in Pierce County. Lunch is provided. For information on how to bring a group from your school, email Michael Haeflinger at email@example.com. (location, tba)
3-5pm – Living Room: a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets. Limit 40 participants. Host Connie Walle of the Puget Sound Poetry Connection. (State History Museum Auditorium.)
7:30 Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: Patricia Smith, Bruce Weigl, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucia Misch and Philip Red Eagle. MC – Jared Leising.
10pm – Tribute to Grunge, featuring Gretta Harley, dan raphael, Jennifer Robin, David Fewster, Heidi Fosner and others, hosted by Hamish Todd. (Harmon Barrel Room, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA.)
Saturday, October 14, 2017
9am – War Poetry/ Veterans Panel. MC – Abby Murray. Scheduled panelists, Philip Red Eagle, Bruce Weigl, Doug Johnson, Gary Copeland Lilley & Simone Gorrindo.
10:45am – Tacoma’s Richard Brautigan: Life and Legacy Panel. MC – Nadine Antoinette Maestas. Scheduled panelists: Ianthe Brautigan, CAConrad, Tod Marshall and John Tanner.
12:30pm-2:30pm Workshop 1 – Patricia Smith: Writing on the Other Side of the Wall. DETAILS
12N-5pm – Small Press Fair. Presses from around the bioregion selling their books. Please support small presses! PageBoy Magazine, Reckoning Press, Pleasure Boat Studio, Ken Waldman (Alaska poet), Ravenna Press, Pooka Press, Poetry NW, Leah Mueller (poet) Blue Cactus Press, Floating Bridge Press, Moon Path Press (Glenna Cook Thresholds), Pacifica Literary Review, Wave Books, Cascadia College, Uttered Chaos, entre ríos books…
3-5pm – Living Room: a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets. Limit 40 participants. Host Jackie Casella of Creative Colloquy. (State History Museum Auditorium.)
7:30 – Main Stage: Readings featuring scheduled poets: Ianthe Brautigan, C.A. Conrad, Sharon Thesen, Gary Lilley and Tod Marshall. MC – Thomas Walton.
10pm – After Party: Reading of one poem by various poets, including Abby Murray, Roy Seitz, Jared Leising, others tba. Hosted by Matt Trease. (Harmon Barrel Room, 1938 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA.)
Sunday, October 15, 2017 (At WA State History Museum except Living Room)
9am-11am Workshop 2 – Tod Marshall: Finding Cascadia in Poetry. DETAILS
11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 3 – Tacoma Writers Resist. DETAILS
11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 4 – CAConrad: KARMA HARVEST: A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop. DETAILS
11:15am – 1:15pm Workshop 5 – Ianthe Brautigan Memoir Workshop. DETAILS
2pm – Brautigan/Steven Jesse Bernstein Plaque unveiling.
3-5pm – Living Room: a free, democratic reading for poets to read their original work in a circle format with other poets. Limit 30 participants. Ten spaces will be reserved for festival poets and organizers. (Home of Sam and Sarah Tower, 1346 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma WA 98402-1902, Tacoma, WA.)
6pm – Main Stage Closing Reading: Michael McClure