Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee has been busy. She was invited to give a TEDx talk, which you can view here and she was a 2018 resident of the Mineral School. Mineral School nurtures literary, performing, and visual artists to generate new work and present that work to the public. They provide overnight artists residency programs and public events from a classic 1947 elementary school in a lake town near Mt. Rainier. Learn more about Anastacia-Renee’s residency here.
In partnership, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Seattle Public Library supports an experienced poet with a two-year City residency as literary ambassador. In addition to annual City events, the Civic Poet will foster community dialogue and engagement between the City, the public and other artists, while celebrating the literary arts.
This call is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work including published works, reading/spoken word and project planning experience with skills in racial equity practices. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US and show commitment to this commission purpose and a strong relationship to Seattle.
The compensation for the two-year Civic Poet commission is $10,000. Funding is allocated at $5,000 per year. It compensates time for writing, administration, performances, event costs, materials, travel, fees, taxes and other project-related costs.
Deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 24, 2019; 10:59 p.m. PST. A workshop to learn how to make your strongest application will be offered on Saturday, February 16.
More details, including how to RSVP to the workshop, are on the open calls page on our website. Learn more about the Seattle Civic Poet program as well as our current Civic Poet, Anastacia-Renee Tolbert.
Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee has a passion for poetry and community. A major goal of her time as Civic Poet is to create safe literary hubs where community members can gather to share and celebrate the plethora of local, historical, and contemporary voices. In 2018 she will be sharing her passion through a number of collaborative and monthly offerings for the community.
Speak to Me! Volume III
February 23, 2018, 7 p.m.
Speak to Me! Series is a FREE intergenerational monthly workshop and reading series showcasing youth poets, poets over 50, emerging, and seasoned poets. The readings will be followed by an optional 30-minute generative writing workshop lead by Anastacia-Renee and guest facilitators.
Pop Up Poets Café, is an informal every other month event where writers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can meet for an informal writers’ workshop.
The Civic Poet Says on artbeat.com, are monthly musings from Anastacia-Renee, featuring a glimpse into her world and the creative conversations she has with people in the community.
To learn more about Anastacia-Renee visit:
Live Wire Radio interview http://www.livewireradio.org/episode355
The Deep End Podcast with Reagan Jackson
Anastacia-Renee is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press), and her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely.
For more information please contact Anastacia-Renee at SeattleCivicPoet@gmail.com
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
The Black Zone
2301 South Jackson Street, Suite 203
Seattle, WA 98058
Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee begins the Speak to Me! series, a FREE intergenerational monthly workshop and reading series showcasing emerging and seasoned poets. Speak to Me! Volume I will feature readings by Quenton Baker, Jalayna Carter, Robert Francis Flor, and a Seattle Youth Poet. The readings will be followed by an optional 30-minute generative writing workshop lead by Anastacia-Renee.
Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, Poetry Northwest, The James Franco Review, and Cura and in the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He is a 2017 Jack Straw fellow and is the recipient of a James W. Ray Venture Project award from Artist Trust. His first collection, This Glittering Republic, came out from Willow Books in 2016.
Jalayna Carter is a multimedia storyteller living in Seattle, WA. Currently she writes stories for Habitat for Humanity – Seattle King County about the humanity of their homeowners, how they lead varied and resilient lives and what the impact of having basic needs met (like living in a decent place at a sustainable price) can be. Her work has been published in: Third Point Press, 2Leaf Press and Fig Root Press with forthcoming pieces in Reality Beach and Puerto del Sol. Her work can be found on her website, JalaynaCarter.com or sprinkled between memes and pictures of food on her social media channels: @just.jalayna.
Robert Francis Flor is a Seattle native raised in the city’s Central Area and Rainier Valley. His poems appeared in the Raven Chronicles, Soundings Review, the Field of Mirrors anthology (2008) and Poetry on the Bus. In 2012, several poems were published in two anthologies Voices of the Asian American Experience by the Univ. of Santa Cruz and “Where Are You From?” the Thymos Book Project. His chapbook “Alaskero Memories” was published in 2016 by Carayan Press.
Anastacia-Renee is the current Seattle Civic Poet and former 2015-17 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press) and her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely.
*Book of the Month: The Racial Imaginary, Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind
Poetic Map captures the people and poems of Seattle
Reading on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Open Books A Poem Emporium: 2414 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, launches a poetry map of the city. Seattle Poetic Grid (http://www.seattlepoeticgrid.com) is an interactive poetic cartography of the city and a culmination of Castro Luna’s two-year Civic Poet residency. The Grid brings Seattle’s poetic side to light. The project is intended to remain as a living testament of the city, and includes a link for those who would like to make their poetic contributions.
“The idea behind the map is to capture a sense of place through the poetic voices of Seattle residents. The poems come from citizens across every corner of the city, from individuals brand new to writing to some who are well established and beloved poets,” says Castro Luna.
Many of the poems were collected during Castro Luna’s “The Poet Is In” program, a residency project with Seattle Public Library where she held drop-in poetry writing sessions at various libraries around the city. Aside from English there are poems in Spanish, Arabic and Japanese. There is a wide spectrum of voices and experiences represented, from youth poets and elementary school writers, to senior citizens and renowned poets like Denise Levertov, Theodore Roethke and Richard Hugo.
In addition to the Poetic Grid and the residency with Seattle Public Libraries, Castro Luna has served for the past year and a half as a cultural ambassador for Seattle’s rich, multi-hued literary landscape. She has held and produced readings across the city in venues large and small and collaborated with a variety of cultural and social organizations such as The Seattle Symphony, Humanities Washington, El Centro de la Raza, Refugee Women’s Alliance, the Seattle Public Library, Seattle Art Museum and many others.
The public is invited to a reading with several of the contributing authors at Open Books Bookstore on June 28. Open Books A Poem Emporium: 2414 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103 http://www.openpoetrybooks.com/event/launch-reading-poetic-map-of-seattle-with-claudia-castro-luna/