Literary Arts Schedule

Friday

Starbucks Literary Stage

1:00-2:00

Young Writers

2:15-3:15

The Abrecaminos

3:30-5:00

Los Norte�/TD>

5:15-6:00

Lootas, Little Wave Eater

6:15-7:00

Melissa Green

Michael Spence

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BUMBERSHOOT® READINGS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, BOOKARTS, SIGNINGS, POETRY SLAM, POETRY CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT, STARBUCKS BOOKFAIR, OPEN MIKE...

The Official Seattle Weekly Guide to Literary Arts at Bumbershoot®

Literary Arts Schedule

Friday

Starbucks Literary Stage

1:00-2:00

Young Writers

2:15-3:15

The Abrecaminos

3:30-5:00

Los Norte�/TD>

5:15-6:00

Lootas, Little Wave Eater

6:15-7:00

Melissa Green

Michael Spence

7:30-9:30

BumberSlam

Saturday

Starbucks Literary Stage

1:00-2:30

Rain City Projects

2:45-4:00

Quasimodo and the Bellringers, Danika Dinsmore, Gregory Hischak

4:15-5:15

Andrei Codrescu, Anselm Hollo

5:30-6:45

Jerome Gold, Bharti Kirchner, Larry Laurence

7:00-8:00

Matthew Stadler, Chuck Palahniuk

7:30-9:30

BumberSlam

Bagley Wright Theatre

8:15-10:15

Bumbershoot Championship Poetry Bout

Sunday

Starbucks Literary Stage

1:00-2:15

The Role of the Writer

2:30-3:15

Dayvid Figler

3:30-4:45

Manic-D Press

5:00-6:00

Blue Begonia/Tsunami Press

6:15-7:15

Sharon Doubiago, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

7:30-8:45

Sheri-D Wilson, Victor Hernᮤez Cruz

9:00-10:45

Open Mike

Bagley Wright Theatre

7:30-8:30

Matt Briggs, David Guterson

Monday

Starbucks Literary Stage

1:00-2:00

Books, Business and Bibliophiles

2:15-3:15

Calyx Books

3:30-4:30

John Olson, Jack and Adelle Foley

5:00-6:00

Judith Skillman, Claudia Mauro, Noel Franklin

6:00-7:30

Wanda Coleman, Saul Williams

7:30-8:45

Sheri-D Wilson, Victor Hernᮤez Cruz

9:00-10:45

Open Mike

Bagley Wright Theatre

7:30-8:30

Matt Briggs, David Guterson

Ticket Information:

Adult daily tickets are $10 in advance and $14 day of. Multi-Day passes are $18 for a 2-day pass and $32 for a 4-day pass. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult, courtesy of AT&T. Seniors 65 and over are $1. Tickets are good for all Bumbershoot activities on a first-come, first served basis excluding R.E.M. on Thursday night. Bumbershoot tickets are available at participating Western Washington and Portland Starbucks stores, on the Web at www.bumbershoot.org and at Western Washington Ticketmaster Outlets and charge-by-phone at 206.628.0888.

Literary Arts Program

Bumbershoot's Literary Arts Program offers poets, performers and pen-jockeys of every sort - from street corner bombasts to ivory tower scribes. Highlights of the program include readings from new novels by David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars), Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Mistress of Spices), plus readings by esteemed poets Anselm Hollo, Andrei Codrescu, and Victor Hernᮤez Cruz. Don't miss Codrescu and Hernᮤez Cruz slugging it out in the Bumbershoot Poetry Championship Bout. Also, literary triple-threat Saul Williams brings poetry, rap and cinema to three special performances, and Alex Kuo presides over the Writer's Forum panel discussions on the future of writing and publishing. All this plus scores of local, national and youth poets, playwrights, and novelists.

All performances take place at the Starbucks Literary Stage in the Alki Room, one of the Northwest Rooms, unless otherwise noted. Authors and artists will sit for booksignings after every reading, except the Bumbershoot Championship Poetry Bout courtesy of Elliot Bay Book Company.

ABRECAMINOS

Friday, 2:15 - 3:15pm

Abre is to open, camino means a path - combined an Abrecamino is one who cuts a road where there was none. The Abrecaminos are: Alma Varela, Angel Ayon, Omar Ramirez, and Javier Vargas, four Mexican-Americans from Yakima who blaze new trails into familiar territory as they read from their recently published anthology of poetry, stories and essays.

MATT BRIGGS

Sunday, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Bagley Wright Theatre

His work explores the raw, unpleasant realities that society often fails to recognize. Reading from his new book, Briggs uses a series of first-person narratives to dramatize the effects of the War on Drugs on one American family.

BLUE BEGONIA/TSUNAMI PRESS SHOWCASE

Sunday, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Blue Begonia Press and Tsunami Press bring us readings from four fine poets: Jody Aliesan, whose Loving in Time of War explores the struggle for empathy and whole sight during conflict; Lee Bassett, whose 1973-2000-The Poems strives not for the elimination of suffering, but rather a means of welcoming it quietly; Charles Potts, whose Lost River Mountain uses one musical voice with many contrasting tones, with humor and a conscious political purpose; and Jim Bodeen, whose This House: a Poem in Seven Books, explores what the dream gives, mapping internal and external worlds.

BUMBERCHRONICLES

Ongoing Exhibit

Snoqualmie Room, upstairs

Seattle historian Paul Dorpat has been filming Bumbershoot for almost 20 years. Now, he has edited his footage down to a fast and lively loop of the people and events that typify this very local celebration. Come see visions of Seattle's past and present, and add yourself to Dorpat's cast of local characters by visiting his booth at the Starbucks Bookfair.

BUMBERSHOOT OPEN MIKE

Sunday, 9:00 - 10:45pm

Red Sky Poetry Theater hosts Bumbershoot's annual Open Mike. This is everyone's chance to read at Bumbershoot. Come early to get your name on the list before it fills. Sign-up starts a half-hour before the program but the line forms earlier.

BUMBERSHOOT POETRY CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT

Saturday,8:15 - 10:15pm

Bagley Wright Theatre

No Booksigning

In 1987 Andrei Codrescu, then World Poetry Heavyweight Champion, lost his title to Victor Hernᮤez Cruz in a close contest. "He clearly cheated," Codrescu scoffs about that first clash. "Lemme at him again." The two mix it up in this knock-down, drag-out battle for the title of Bumbershoot Poetry Champion, officiated by referees from the Taos Poetry Circus. Always confident, Hernᮤez Cruz promises, "I'm ready to rock."

BUMBERSLAM

Friday, 7:30 - 9:30pm

Seattle's long-running poetry contest challenges performance poets to "say what they gotta say" in three minutes or less. Randomly picked judges from the audience score the poems Olympics-style and the winner takes home 100 bucks and bragging rights. Top performance poets from the Northwest and beyond join host Allison Durazzi for the most raucous poetry event in town.

CALYX BOOKS SHOWCASE

Monday, 2:15 - 3:15pm

Calyx Books presents two prize-winning authors, Kathleen Alcalᠡnd Catherine Brady, in a Calyx 23rd annniversary reading. Brady is the author of The End of the Class War, a short story collection exploring the lives of working-class women who contend with the holy trinity of the Irish: melancholy, melodrama and morbid guilt. Alcalᠲeceived the 1999 Western States Arts Federation Fiction Award for her novel The Flower in the Skull.

ANDREI CODRESCU

Saturday, 4:15 - 5:15pm

Also, Bumbershoot Poetry Championship Bout:

Saturday, 8:15 - 10:15pm

Bagley Wright Theatre

Andrei Codrescu, best known for his witty and incisive short essays on National Public Radio, is a poet, novelist, essayist and major satirist. His "deadpan burlesque of a jaded outsider" style is as elegant as it is subversive and hilarious. Born in Romania, which accounts for his deeply Draculaesque radio voice, Codrescu emigrated to the United States in 1966. He teaches at Louisiana State University and edits Exquisite Corpse Magazine. Codrescu will also participate in the Bumbershoot Poetry Championship Bout at the Bagley Wright Theatre, and will later join the Writer's Forum panel, "The Role of the Writer."

WANDA COLEMAN

Monday, 6:00 - 7:30pm

Described as Los Angeles' most prominent poet, Wanda Coleman is a prolific and vibrant writer whose electrifying performance style enchants audiences. A native of Watts and resident of South Central L.A., Coleman's poems and short-stories capture the diverse ethnic scramble of urban America, but still resonate with a distinctive voice. Coleman will also take part in the Writer's Forum panel, "The Role of the Writer."

DANIKA DINSMORE

Saturday, 2:45 - 4:00pm

Poet, performer and teacher Danika Dinsmore is co-founder of Auburn's lively youth and adult community literary arts center, SPLAB (SPoken word LAB). Dinsmore will share tales of her journey through the depths of emotional and physical pain to emerge an invigorated warrior.

CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI

Sunday, 6:15 - 7:15pm

Her 1997 novel, the magical Mistress of Spices solidified her reputation as a lyrical and enchanting storyteller. Divakaruni's emotional new novel, Sister of My Heart, examines the strength of female relationships, the power of forgiveness and the resilience of the human heart. Divakaruni will participate in the Writer's Forum panel, "The Role of the Writer."

SHARON DOUBIAGO

Sunday, 6:15 - 7:15pm

Sharon Doubiago roamed the Pacific Coast for the past 20 years, watching, writing and moving on. Her work is powerful and strong and paints scenes as seen through the eye of a passionate artist. Doubiago holds the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, and her Whitmanesque epic poem, Hard Country, has just been reprinted.

DAYVID J. FIGLER

Sunday, 2:30 - 3:15pm

On stage Las Vegas lawyer and satirical poet/performer Dayvid Figler embodies Jim Morrison's spirit, in life he is a public defender representing the accused. Touted as the "Las Vegas poet laureate," Figler blends literary and cultural metaphors into his rapid-fire satire of modern commercialism and celebrity worship.

JACK & ADELLE FOLEY

Monday, 3:30 - 4:30pm

The Atlantic Monthly calls Jack Foley's work "that rare commodity - genuinely avant-garde poetry." Foley and his wife, Adelle, work together to present a multi-dimensional, multi-lingual performance that both challenges and frees the imagination.

NOEL FRANKLIN

Monday, 5:00-6:00pm

She is a striking painter, poet and advocate for literary arts. Noel Franklin has been selected for the Jack Straw Writer's Program and performed with Seattle's National Slam Team. She is the President of Eleventh Hour Productions, and producer/co-founder of the Seattle Poetry Festival. Now, finally, Franklin will pause for a moment to read her work.

MELISSA NOELLE GREEN

Friday, 6:15 - 7:00pm

Melissa Noelle Green comes alive in front of an audience. She pours herself - body, spirit and boundless energy - into performing her explosive works and thought-provoking stories. Savvy Seattle arts watchers have caught Green's act at On the Boards, Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center and ARTSEDGE.

JEROME GOLD

Saturday, 5:30 - 6:45pm

Vietnam veteran and former Special Forces Sergeant Jerome Gold is currently publisher of Black Heron Press and counsels incarcerated youth in the Seattle area. Gold will read from his Vietnam-era novel Sergeant Dickinson and also from Prisoners, a collection of poetry and prose about youth gangsters.

DAVID GUTERSON

Sunday, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Bagley Wright Theatre

An artist who captures more through diction than a camera ever could, Guterson's prose lifts the reader from the quiet library and transports them into a vibrant literary world. Among the many plaudits for his vivid Snow Falling on Cedars, was the coveted PEN/Faulkner Award. Guterson will read from a new novel, East of the Mountains.

VICTOR HERNANDEZ CRUZ

Sunday, 7:30 - 8:45pm

Also, Bumbershoot Poetry Championship Bout

Saturday, 8:15 - 10:15pm

Bagley Wright Theatre

Poet Victor Hernᮤez Cruz is inspired by Caribbean culture and Latin American oral tradition and literature. A native of Puerto Rico who grew up in 1950s Manhattan, his poems carry the music of Puerto Rico and images of the US in a bird's-eye view of the criss-crossing cultures in Latin America, the Caribbean, Los Angeles and the Lower East Side, all with a remarkable generosity of spirit. Hernᮤez Cruz will also rise to the challenge of Andrei Codrescu and compete in the Bumbershoot Poetry Championship Bout.

GREGORY HISCHAK

Saturday, 2:45 - 4:00pm

Reigning Seattle Slam Champion Gregory Hischak has the uncanny ability to pull the audience out of the mundane and into his surreal, yet somehow sensible world.

ANSELM HOLLO

Saturday, 4:15 - 5:15pm

Anselm Hollo grew up in Helsinki speaking Finnish, German, Swedish, English, French and probably more. His writing is dense with multiple heritage and a scholar's deep knowledge of international poetry, both past and contemporary. His work is a conversation with poetry itself, erudite, scholarly, raving, funny, and all performed with the seamless elegance and grace of a tight-rope walker. Hollo will also take part in the Writer's Forum panel, "The Role of the Writer."

BHARTI KIRCHNER

Saturday, 5:30 - 6:45pm

Bharti Kirchner emigrated from India at the age of 21, and since her arrival has published two highly praised novels. Her latest, Sharmila's Book, is a rich, colorful and romantic tale of a modern immigrant's passionate embrace of a traditional life that, in the end, liberates her in the most unexpected ways.

LARRY LAURENCE

Saturday, 5:30 - 6:45pm

Larry Laurence celebrates his new book, Life of the Bones to Come, just published by Black Heron Press. These poems cut deep. "What is real?" they ask. "Whatever hurts." Laurence lives in Seattle where he is a rehabilitation counselor working with disabled adults.

LOOTAS, THE LITTLE WAVE EATER

Friday, 5:15 - 6:00pm

Sea otter enthusiasts and animal lovers of all ages will enjoy this multimedia presentation of the story of Lootas, The Little Wave Eater, brought to us by Sasquatch Books. Children's book author Clare Hodgson tells the true story with color slides to show the extraordinary effort it takes to raise a wild animal.

LOS NORTEяS

Friday, 3:30 - 5:00pm

Los Norte�are emerging Northwest authors who have banded together to strengthen and promote the work of Latino and Hispanic writers.

MANIC D PRESS SHOWCASE

Sunday, 3:30 - 4:45pm

Manic D Press, the L.A. house dedicated to publishing significant, alternative literary work, present readings from four of their best: Jeffrey McDaniel, a fine poet and top Slam performer who has also been featured in NPR's Talk of the Nation and on Nightline; Jon Lohghi, called "a Bukowski for the '90s;" J. Tarin Towers, a valued member of the San Francisco Slam Team; and Marci Blackman, a touring member of the "Sister Spit" poets.

CLAUDIA MAURO

Monday, 5:00-6:00pm

First generation New York Italian Amazon-leather-Buddhist-butch in recovery, Claudia Mauro is all this and more. She strives to embody the sacred, the profane and the moment. Her books of poetry have been nominated for the Lambda Book Award.

JOHN OLSON

Monday, 3:30 - 4:30pm

Though you may recognize his byline from The Stranger book reviews, John Olsen arrives at Bumbershoot to perform, not critique. The Dada-inspired poet presents poems with an emphasis on word-play and startling imagery.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK

Saturday, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Portland's Chuck Palahniuk has been called the ultimate cynic, a morbid black-humourist whose first novel, Fight Club, quickly became a cult sensation and is now a major motion picture. His newest work, Survivor, the Apocalyptic ramblings of a would-be Messiah muttered into the black box of a doomed, hijacked aircraft, showcases Palahniuk's wry wit and skill as a storyteller.

QUASIMODO AND THE BELLRINGERS

Saturday, 2:45 - 4:00pm

What happens when a woman suffers a nervous breakdown and broken back? Self-described hunchback, Sandy Diamond treats her "crooked path through life" with irreverent humor that leaves you laughing all the way to redemption. She performs with a trio of jazz/blues musicians who lay down blues grooves and pop with be-bop.

RAIN CITY PROJECTS SHOWCASE

Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Rain City Projects, dedicated to promoting, supporting and developing professional playwrights and their work in the Pacific Northwest, presents readings by six Seattle playwrights: Drew Emery, Bret Fetzer, Ki Gottberg, John Moe, Suzy Schneider and Matt Smith. Olga Sanchez will emcee.

JUDITH SKILLMAN

Friday, 5:00-6:00pm

An accomplished poet with three books and numerous journal contributions, Judith Skillman's writing is a reminder to appreciate life before speeding through it. Her work is edgy and staccato, yet lyrical and soothingly rhythmic.

MICHAEL SPENCE

Friday, 6:15 - 7:00pm

Metro/King County bus driver Michael Spence reads his poems with a controlled, but dramatic tone that belies the underlying tension. His work blends lyricism with narrative to describe moments of concentrated action and emotion.

MATTHEW STADLER

Saturday, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Stadler's subject matter crosses the line of the socially acceptable and encroaches the taboo. His writing causes some readers to cringe uncomfortably, but it always leaves the imprint of true talent. Stadler's work insists you recognize the difference between life and fantasy, the narrator and the author, imagination and intention.

SAUL WILLIAMS

Monday, 6:00 - 7:30pm

Saul Williams refuses to adhere to a single means of communication: he is a singer, actor, writer and spoken word performer - and he excels at all mediums. Williams has performed with pop music stars The Fugees and The Roots, and he co-wrote and starred in Slam, which recently garnered awards from both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Williams just published his first book of poetry, The Seventh Octave. While at Bumbershoot, Williams will read his poetry from the Starbucks Literary Stage, perform his music with a live band on the Rhythm Stage and present a screening of his film Slam, in conjunction with the 1 Reel Film Festival.

SHERI-D WILSON

Sunday,7:30 - 8:45pm

Alberta action-poet Sheri-D Wilson offers intense and erotically charged poetry with strong feminist content and witty but blunt observations. Her performance style has been called some of the most coherant ranting you will ever hear.

YOUNG WRITERS SHOWCASE

Friday, 1:00 - 2:00pm

Young writers from four area high schools read their fresh work. Davia Brown, Mary Bul, Kiera Clarke, Ryan Dunn, Jessica Jones, Katrina Miller, Nui Pholsena, Nathaniel Pinzon, Emily Smith, Cesha Thompson, Quami Wallen and Rhys Walters read. Christine Stickler will emcee.

Writer's Forum Panel Discussions

New technology dramatically changes the world of publishing on a daily basis. What impact do all these new machines and labor-saving devices have on future of publishing? What is the role of the writer in a society drowning in information? Join Alex Kuo and two panels of experts at the Starbucks Literary Stage for lively discussion on these topics.

THE ROLE OF THE WRITER

Sunday, 1:00 - 2:15pm

Does the writer's job description encompass journalist, actor, comedian, witness, teacher and more? This panel includes Andrei Codrescu, Wanda Coleman, Anselm Hollo, Chitra Banergee Divikaruni.

BOOKS, BUSINESS AND BIBLIOPHILES

Monday, 1:00 - 2:00pm

The new technology has changed the publishing and bookselling world considerably. What's ahead for literary publishing? How can the changes be helpful instead of hurtful? Mike Morrow (Asia 2000 press), Jerome Gold (Black Heron Press) and Jennine Raleigh (used books.com) discuss.

ALEX KUO

 

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