Poetry Night at Auntie's Bookstore

Please join us for a night of poetry and reading at Auntie's with Francesca Bell, Tiffany Midge, Martha Silano, and local favorite Maya Jewell Zeller.

About the Poets:

Francesca Bell’s poems appear in many journals, including ELLE, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. Her translations from Arabic and German appear in Arc, B O D Y, Circumference, Mid-American Review, and The Massachusetts Review. She co-translated Shatha Abu Hnaish’s book of poems, A Love That Hovers Like a Bedeviling Mosquito (Dar Fadaat, 2017), and Red Hen Press will publish her first collection, Bright Stain, in 2019. She is the board chair of the Marin Poetry Center and the former poetry editor of River Styx.

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her collection of humorous essays “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” is forthcoming in fall, 2019, from University of Nebraska Press, and a poetry collection “Horns” is also forthcoming in 2019 from Scablands Books. Midge’s most recent poetry collection “The Woman Who Married a Bear” (University of New Mexico Press) won the Kenyon Review’s Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry, and a Western Heritage Award. Midge’s poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared most recently in McSweeney's, Transmotion, The Offing, Waxwing, Moss, Okey-Pankey, Lit Hub and World Literature Today, and has been widely anthologized. Midge is the 2019 Simons Public Humanities fellow for University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities.

Martha Silano is the author of five books of poetry, including the newly-released Gravity Assist, Reckless Lovely,and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, all from Saturnalia Books. She also co-authored, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for your Writing Practice (Two Sylvias Press, 2013). Martha’s work has appeared in Poetry, New England Review, and the Paris Review, among others. Honors includeNorth American Review's James Hearst Poetry Prize and Cincinnati Review's Robert & Adele Schiff Poetry Award. She teaches at Bellevue College, near her home in Seattle, WA.

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy For Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios Books, 2017), the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and the poetry collection Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011). Recipient of a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation as well as a Residency in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Maya teaches for Central Washington University and edits poetry for Scablands Books.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Auntie's Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Bright Stain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098618
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Published: Red Hen Press - May 7th, 2019

Unapologetically sensual and forthright, Bell explores desire, loss, faith, doubt, tenderness, and violence; and sex as experience, metaphor, and magnifying lens for relationships.

Woman Who Married a Bear: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826356529
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - March 1st, 2016

Winner of the Kenyon Review Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry, Tiffany Midge deftly weaves Plains Indian myths into the present day and seeks to define love, the nature of desire, and identity in the twenty-first century. The book includes a series of poems, each titled "Considering Wakantanka," that connect the themes throughout the book.

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ISBN: 9781947817005
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Published: Saturnalia Books - March 15th, 2019

Gravity Assist, the newest collection by Martha Silano, masterfully measures the heights and depths of our earthly visions. Cerebral yet meditative, capacious yet focused, this book soars with investigations and ruminations, love letters, origin stories, and notes on gravitational forces both literal and metaphorical.

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ISBN: 9780997395730
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Published: Entre Rios Books - October 3rd, 2017

Poetry. Women's Studies. Ecopoetics. ALCHEMY FOR CELLS & OTHER BEASTS charts a course into magical waters, anchoring itself in the frightening politicization of a woman's body.