One of Bumbershoot's great distinguishing characteristics as an arts festival is its on-going love affair with literary arts. The Festival's 30th anniversary program is an

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Literary Arts at Bumbershoot

The Official Seattle Weekly Guide

One of Bumbershoot's great distinguishing characteristics as an arts festival is its on-going love affair with literary arts. The Festival's 30th anniversary program is an exuberant celebration that brings together more than fifty authors, activists, spoken word artists, scribblers, screamers and poets for four days of discourse, exploration and literary daredevilry, plus sixty small and independent presses at the Starbucks Bookfair.

Please join us at the Starbucks Literary Stage, Bagley Wright Theatre, and Opera House for a stellar showcase, and while you're there, check out the rest of the sprawling spectacle of visual, musical and circus arts that Bumbershoot offers. Tickets for Bumbershoot are only $12 a day, and available now through www.bumbershoot.org, Western Washington Starbucks stores and through Ticketmaster. Kids under 12 are FREE this year, courtesy of Kozmo.com.

PERFORMANCES, SPOKEN WORD & COLLABORATIONS

Typing Explosion

Three women plus vintage typewriters equals poetry on demand, asTyping Explosion creates custom works of art in a minute.

Jim Carroll

Post-punk cultural icon, poet, diarist, rock star and spoken-word performer, Jim Carroll, best known for his 1978 book The Basketball Diaries, returns to Bumbershoot to share his philosophical musings, anecdotes and poetry.

New Waves Radio Theater Live

A marriage of classic radio variety theater and hot, new writing geared for live performance.

Sarah Jones

Star of New York City's downtown spoken word scene, Jones presents her dynamic one woman show "Surface Transit," a series of monologues which find Jones shifting through a collection of ordinary characters on a New York bus, plus reads from her poetry at the Starbucks Literary Stage.

Sandra Bernhard

This pop culture arsonist blows away audiences and critics alike with her scorching satire and raw emotion. Bernhard's critically acclaimed one-woman Broadway hit, "I'm Still Here...Damn It," is a potent cocktail of stand-up, performance art, cabaret, and fashion.

Sister Spit

San Francisco's silver-tongued she-devils deliver a performance of kick-ass spoken word mayhem

Meat Again

An unexpected and powerful pairing of poet Paul Nelson and dancer Stephanie Skura.

Staggered Thirds

The voices of three disparate combined in a fast-paced, playful and irreverent performance.

June Melby with Matthew Niblock

Spoken word artist/composer June Melby and vocalist Matthew Niblock in an acapella duet.

SLAMS & BUMBERSHOOT OPEN MIC

BumberSlam

Seattle's long-running poetry contest challenges performance poets to "say what they gotta say" in three minutes or less.

Bumbershoot Open Mic

hosted by Red Sky Poetry Theatre

This is everyone's chance to read at Bumbershoot.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Salmon Rights: Now What?

Billy Frank, Jr., Charles Wilkinson, Elizabeth Woody, Lee Maracle and moderator Enrique Cerno discuss salmon rights and wrongs since the historic Boldt decision.

Artaud: a multimedia conversation with Clayton Eshleman

An exploration of Antonin Artaud, the early 20th century surrealist and founder of the 'Theater of Cruelty.' Eshleman observes, "In our exploded and massively wallpapered age, I have found that in Artaud the ancient, black springs of poetry are graspable, like a writhing piece of star gristle."

Building a Personal Book Collection

The bibliophile's delight, four book-lovers discuss the systematic creation of a library and collecting.

Prison Writing Program

Seattle novelist and prison writing teacher Robert Gordon with two of his former students talk about prisons and their impact on the creative process. Gordon is the author of a prize-winning novel, When Bobby Kennedy was a Moving Man.

New Century Poetry Panel

A panel discussion on the state of poetry and poetics, moderated by Alex Kuo with poets Janine Pommy Vega, Clayton Eshleman, Adeena Karasick and Joe Safdie.

THE INTERVIEW STAGE AT THE EXHIBITION HALL

Discussions, conversations and performances with Jim Carroll, Sisters Spit, Mark Lindquist, Robert Gordon, Eric Bogosian and Sandra Bernhard.

AFTERHOURS LITERARY SOIREE

Join Bumbershoot's poets and authors for a very special group reading at Elliott Bay Book Company: Jim Carroll, Janine Pommy Vega and Roger Bonair-Agard. Admission free on first-come, first-served basis.

READINGS:

FRIDAY

Young Writers

The Seattle Teen Slam team brings their artful attitude.

James Grippando

Intelligent and terrifying, Grippando's novels keep the reader guessing.

Joan Swift

Known for the fierce and compassionate language in her work, Swift reads from The Tiger Iris.

Sharon Hashimoto

Distinguished poet and fiction writer read excerpts from her new fiction.

Madeline DeFrees

Poet and retired creative writing professor published earlier work as Sister Mary Gilbert, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Billy Frank, Jr.

A member of the Nisqually tribe and major force in the battle to shape Native fishing rights.

Charles Wilkinson

Readings from the distinguished environmental lawyer and historian on tribal rights in the West.

Lee Maracle

Prolific writer and activist in Native peoples' political, historical, feminist and sociological topics.

Keith Egawa

Registered member of the Lummi Tribe, Egawa reads from Madchild Running.

Elizabeth Woody

Member of the Confederated Tribes of the Reservation of Warm Springs, Oregon and well-known writer of poetry and prose.

SATURDAY

Elizabeth Aoki

Aoki says: "My work is accessible, falling somewhere between clenched-teeth academic and spoken word flamboyance."

Steven Wolfe

Writer and editor whose work has appeared in the publications Hampton Shorts, and City Primeval.

Christine Hemp

Hemp's poem "Connecting Cord" was sent aloft in December 1998 in a NASA project to record the birth of stars.

Jayne Fenton Keane

Readings that fuse song, chant, vocal percussion and poetry.

Brett Axel

Poet and activist Axel bridges communities - gay and straight, performers and academics.

Shara McCallum

McCallum reads from The Water Between Us, an examination of the exile's journey.

Roger Bonair-Agard

1999 National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, with a captivating voice and presence.

Adeena Karasick

Poet, cultural theorist, performance artist and the author of four books of poetry.

bill bissett

At the cutting edge of poetics and performance with more than 60 poetry collections, written in his own version of the English language.

James Gurley

Dramatic monologue and verse that examines the impact of music and nature on our lives.

Timothy Liu

Award winning poet and editor of Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry.

SUNDAY

Mary Allen

From The Rooms of Heaven which deals with the depths of grief after the death of a loved one.

Susan Rich

From The Cartographer's Tongue about questions of geography and identity.

West End Press

Three regional writers in this special poetry showcase: William Witherup, Arlene Biala and Ken Waldman.

Janine Pommy Vega

Shaped in part by her long involvement with teaching in prisons, Janine Pommy Vega's poems look out through earnest eyes, open, discriminating and true.

Billy Collins

A poet once described as "...an ironist of the void, and his poems - witty, playful, and beautifully turned - bump up against the deepest human mysteries."

MONDAY

Amy Schutzer

Heralded as a fresh and original new voice in gay and lesbian fiction, Schutzer has reads from her latest book, Undertow.

David Matlin

Author of several published volumes of poetry and a book about teaching in prisons.

Robert Cabot

Readings from The Sweetest Wine, a new triptych of novellas filled with gorgeous, elegant prose.

Molly Tenenbaum

Creative writing professor and professional banjo player reading from By A Thread.

Craig Van Riper

"Strong poems, all sure voiced and crafted, each word barbed, each line pointed, going hard for the end of the poem/the beginning of its meaning."

Robert Lyons

A "barnyard mystic" shares his nature centered poems, love poems, humorous poems and elegies of rural America.

Peter Donahue

From The Cornelius Arms, about life in an old Seattle apartment building beneath the city's smug facade.

David Shields

Shields tackles race head on with Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season.

Mark Lindquist

"Nevermind Nirvana is a telling inside view that perfectly captures the rhythms and sights of late-nineties Seattle." —Peter Buck

Joe Safdie

Poems that deal with memory and failures of memory, what we remember and try to forget.

Duncan McNaughton

Lyrical and haunting poems from an individualistic writer who is profoundly involved in all the poetics of his time.

Ken Mikolowski

Co-founder of The Alternative Press, a flexible outlet for the poetry of Detroit writers in the late '60s.

Clayton Eshleman

Winner of the National Book Award, this poet, translator and editor's work creates an uproar and writhes with energy.

James Welch

A Blackfeet/Gros Ventre novelist, poet and winner of the 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Writer's Circle.

STARBUCKS BOOKFAIR

Check out the largest small press bookfair on the West Coast, a tribute to the craft of writing, illustration, hand-making books and publishing. From 'zines to broadsides, chapbooks to comix, the Starbucks Bookfair is a place where writers and bibliophiles browse, buy and converse.

Daily, Noon - 8:00pm

Snoqualmie Room

The following small presses and booksellers offer their wares at the bookfair:

A Fine Line Press

Anvil Press Publishers/ sub-TERRAIN Magazine

Asia 2000

Austen Press

Bezalel-Levy Editions

Black Heron Press

Blue Begonia Press

Blue Unicorn Press Inc.

Brownfield Press

Calyx Books/ Journal

CDM Publications

Crab Creek Review

Dharma Publishing

East Point Press

Ekstasis Editions

El Draco Press

Fine Madness

Fun Ed. Productions

Hardscratch Press

Home of African Concepts

Kota Press

Laughing Elephant / Darling & Company

Mandala Publishing Group

Missing Spoke Publisher

New West Press

nine muses books

Nurun Garden Books

Octagon Press / ISHK

Omega Point Productions

Pongo Publishing

Prism International

Rain City Projects

Revolution Books

Richard Hugo House

Roberta Gregory

Rose Alley Press

Rowhouse Press

Sagittarius Press

Sasquatch Books

SCW Publications

Seal Press

Self Publishing Resource Center by Wise Owl Books

Soaring Sparrow Press

Spindrift Magazine

Talonbooks

Tartu Publications

The Alternative Press

The Raven Chronicles

Touch the sky books and papers

Tsunami, Inc.

West End Press, Inc.

Whale Tales Press

WHEEL Women's Housing,Equality and Enhancement League

WHITEAKER PRESS

Wonder Publishing

Wood Works

Starbucks Literary Stage

Other Festival Venues

Friday, September 1

1:00: Young Writers

2:15: James Grippando

3:00: Sister Spit

4:30: Joan Swift, Sharon Hashimoto, Madeline DeFrees

5:45: Salmon Rights: Now What?

7:15: Billy Frank, Jr., Charles Wilkinson

8:00: Lee Maracle, Keith Egawa, Elizabeth Woody

9:15: Bumbershoot Open Mic

hosted by Red Sky Poetry Theatre

6:00: Sister Spit Speaks

Interview Stage at the Exhibition Hall

Saturday, September 2

12:15: Meat Again

1:00: Staggered Thirds

2:15: Elizabeth Aoki, Steven Wolfe

3:15: Christine Hemp, Jayne Fenton Keane

4:30: Brett Axel, Shara McCallum, Roger Bonair-Agard

6:00: Adeena Karasick, bill bissett

7:15: James Gurley, Timothy Liu

1:00: Jim Carroll

Interview Stage

6:00: Artaud: a multimedia conversation with Clayton Eshleman Bagley Wright Theatre

6:00: "Never Mind Nirvana" with Mark Lindquist

Interview Stage

8:30: Bumbershoot After Hours Literary Readings & Soiree

Elliott Bay Book Company

Sunday, September 3

12:00: Building a Personal Book Collection

1:30: Mary Allen, June Melby with Matthew Niblock, Susan Rich

3:00: West End Press

4:30: Prison Writing Program

5:45: Janine Pommy Vega

6:45: New Waves Radio Theater Live

8:00: BumberSlam

1:00: Prison Writing Panel: The Funhouse Mirror

Interview Stage

4:30: Eric Bogosian

Opera House sponsored by Northwest Ford Stores

5:00: Jim Carroll

Bagley Wright Theatre

7:15: Eric Bogosian

Interview Stage

9:00: Billy Collins

Bagley Wright Theatre

Monday, September 4

12:00: New Century Poetry Panel

1:15: Amy Schutzer, David Matlin, Robert Cabot

2:30: Molly Tenenbaum, Craig Van Riper, Robert Lyons

3:45: Peter Donahue. David Shields, Mark Lindquist

5:15: Joe Safdie, Duncan McNaughton,

6:30: Ken Mikolowski, Clayton Eshleman

8:00: Meat Again

8:45: Sarah Jones Poetry Reading

1:00: Sandra Bernhard

Boombox at Key Arena sponsored by garageband.com

3:30: Sandra Bernhard

Interview Stage

5:00: Sarah Jones "Surface Transit"

Bagley Wright Theatre

8:30: James Welch

Bagley Wright Theatre

 
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