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BRIDGES Not Walls – sponsored by Los Norteños, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, and The Raven Chronicles. February 28, 5-7 pm, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez Gallery, 306 S. Washington St,. #104, Seattle.

In the interest of building bridges, not walls, in the current climate of distrust, fear, and uncertainty, we invite you to participate in a modest cultural experiment. Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, visual artist and gallery owner, has invited us to present a literary evening in his Front Room Gallery on February 28, 5 – 7 pm.

Writers will work mostly in pairs. Given ten minutes, they can split the time and each read original work for five minutes, collaborate on a new creation that uses all ten minutes, or choose a third person or party to use their time. Song, poetry, prose, and theater are invited.
 How well do you share?  Who’s voice are you displacing by insisting on your own? Who should be in Juan’s front room who is, for some reason, denied access?

Readings/Performances by:

M.C. Kathleen Alcalá

Elena Camarillo / Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs

José Carrillo / Carmelo Gonzalez

Jim Cantu / Marta Sanchez

Anita Endrezze / Maiah Merino

Break: Jacque Larrainzar, music presentation

Catalina Marie Cantú / Robert Frances Flor

Raul Sanchez / Kathleen Alcalá

Phoebe Bosché / Anna Bálint

Donna Miscolta / Carletta Carrington Wilson

Words From the Cafe Reading

Elliott Bay Book Company,
1521 10th Ave,
Seattle, Sunday, March 5, 3-5 pm.

Join us for another great reading from Anna Bálint‘s class at the Recovery Cafe. Cohosted by Tod Marshall, current Washington State Poet Laureate.

WORDS FROM THE CAFÉ, An Anthology (Raven Chronicles Press) edited by Anna Bálint. A group reading, co-presented by Tod Marshall, Washington State Poet Laureate, 3pm, Sunday, March 5th.Every Friday at Seattle’s Recovery Café, people struggling with addiction or mental illness or homelessness come together in Anna Bálint’s Safe Place Writing Circle to write and share writing. Here they discover their own unique voices and ways of shaping language to write stories and poems as part of reclaiming their lives. Words from the Café, a book/cd compilation, introduces us to voices from some of the most marginalized members of society.

“Gritty details are, perhaps, to be expected in an anthology of poems gathered from a group of writers who come together in recovery. What’s so astonishing about this collection is the range of emotions and the quality of the writing: joy and grief, exuberance and ennui, as well as a host of other emotions, all dwell together in this compelling book…Words From the Café reminds us that every day is a challenge to find our best selves and that art—poetry, story, song—can connect us.” –Tod Marshal