Poetry on Buses

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As a legislator who in 1998 instituted poetry readings at my Seattle City Council committee meetings, I am pretty jazzed over 4Culture’s (King County’s arts agency) upcoming Poetry On Buses launch next week.


It will be a free, all-ages party filled with poetry, music, and hopefully lots of community members.


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Day: Monday, November 10, 2014
Time: 6.30 PM Doors, 7.30 PM Show

Where: The Moore Theater, 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle. You can RSVP on Facebook


King County has sponsored Poetry on Buses in the past. This edition will be a multi-lingual journey into visions of home represented through a variety of voices.


The evening will center on 6 chapters of poetry and music inspired by our journeys home, physically and metaphorically. Poetry on Buses poets will read, building a rich spoken narrative and musicians will respond with a musical one, improvised and in real time, according to Poet Planner Roberto Ascalon.


36 poems will be read in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese by their authors:


Carlos Adams-Tres, Mohammed Awdoon, Sarah Baker, Gabrielle Bates, Alice Becker, Korvus Blackbird, Wendy Call, Van Ro Ceu, Beth Daynes, Glen Dodge, Nelya Galiakbarova, Mercedes Garcia, Stuart Greenman, Shelby Handler, Beatrice Harper, Michael Hickey, Fredda Jaffe, Christopher J. Jarmick, Shannon Juengling, Yen Lam, Mercedes Lawry, Bryan Levi, Ian Mortensen, Paul Mullin, Cheryl Nelson, Nikkita Oliver, Carl Palmer, Patrick Parr, Chelsey Richardson, Shahani Sainulabdeen, Obsa Seid, Megan Snyder-Camp, Prem Subedi, Mong Tu Tran, Gerie Ventura and Maria De Lourdes Victoria.


Michael Hickey is a former Seattle Poet Populist, while Chris Jarmick once curated my Council committee poetry program – Words’ Worth.


The musical lineup includes Adra Boo (vocals), Otieno Terry (vocals), Evan Flory-Barnes (upright bass), D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Ahamefule J. Oluo (trumpet), Amos Miller (piano) – members of the incredible Love City Love arts collective – the Seattle Fandango Project, and local music trio, MARIANNA.


Consider this an invitation to mix and mingle, to witness artist collaborations across genres, and to create a vibrant community experience, together. It’s all about local voices, so please bring yours.

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