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Poetry in Place: Kathya Alexander

The Visit by Kathya Alexander The sun is drooping behind her house. The bright spring day is warm and nice. The evening’s bathed in a pinkish glow. Miss Grosvenor’s voice is strong but low. “How you doing? Come take a seat.” I sit down on her wooden steps. The flowers… [ Keep reading ]

Poetry in Place: Joe Nasta

Urban Bees, Blue Hour by Joe Nasta Our honey frames weigh heavy, the second summer dahlias bloomed under gossamer sun & we vibrate softer now. We are ready for the coming chill together on our scattered rooftops. We made more than enough to share, so lick the inside of the… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Civic Poet Launches Public Poetry Campaign

Multi-site Public Poetry Installations for National Poetry Month SEATTLE, WA – Our current Seattle Civic Poet, Shin Yu Pai, is beginning the final cycle of her two-year commission with a multi-site public poetry installation (6MB slide deck) for National Poetry Month in April. Last year, Pai invited public input on… [ Keep reading ]

2023 Year in Review

As we pause to reflect on the events and work of the last year, I am incredibly grateful to be directing Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and to be surrounded by a dynamic and inspiring team. Despite many challenges and a tremendous amount of change, I’m proud of the… [ Keep reading ]

Poetry In Bloom

In honor of National Poetry Month, Seattle Civic Poet Shin Yu Pai is curating Poetry In Bloom for KUOW. Each day in April, she will highlight Seattle-based poets and their works centering on the mind, heart, senses, and soul.

March 11, 2023 Declared City of Literature Day

Seattle City of Literature received Mayoral Proclamation for their tireless work on behalf of Seattle’s literary community On Saturday, March 11, Mayor Harrell proclaimed it both City of Literature and Civic Poet Day. Both proclamations were presented by royal alley-barnes, Interim Director, Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) at the reading… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Selects 2023-2024 Seattle Civic Poet Shin Yu Pai

西雅圖藝術與文化辦公室選擇 2023-2024 西雅圖公民詩人:白欣玉 La Oficina de Arte y Cultura de Seattle ha seleccionado a la poeta ciudadana de Seattle 2023-2024: Shin Yu Pai Văn Phòng Văn Hóa & Nghệ Thuật Seattle (Seattle Office of Arts & Culture) Chọn Nhà Thơ Nhân Dân Seattle (Seattle Civic Poet) Nhiệm Kỳ 2023-2024: Shin… [ Keep reading ]

The 2019-2022 Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith is being honored by US Water Alliance receiving the US Water Prize for Outstanding Artist 2022

Announced on September 13th at the One Water Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the US Water Alliance awarded Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith the US Water Prize for Outstanding Artist, 2022. Awarded on an annual basis, the US Water Prize celebrates outstanding achievements in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and… [ Keep reading ]

ARTS Seeks 2023-24 Seattle Civic Poet

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with the Seattle City of Literature, commissions and supports an experienced poet with a two-year City residency to serve as a literary ambassador for the City of Seattle. In addition to annual City events, the Civic Poet will foster community… [ Keep reading ]

Civic Poet, Jourdan Imani Keith, Launches Women & Whales First, Poetry in a Climate of Change Podcast

Seattle’s Civic Poet, Jourdan Imani Keith, has partnered with Jack Straw Cultural Center for the new podcast, Women & Whales First, Poetry in a Climate of Change. Launching on June 19, this podcast will host conversations between Jourdan and local poets about how poetry can be a tool to illuminate environmental and social issues. Episodes… [ Keep reading ]