West Seattle Blog… | WEST SEATTLE BOOKS: The WordsWest team comes together on Wednesday to celebrate Susan Rich’s new book

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(Photo by BMS, June 2019)

Three years ago, it was the end of a mini-era in West Seattle literary achievement when local writers Susan Rich, Harold Tawand Katy E. Ellis closed the book on five years of WordsWest Literary Series, monthly readings that they co-found and coordinate. Tomorrow night, the three reunite – and hope to see you too – for another celebration at WordsWest’s longtime hub, C&P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor): Rich just released his fifth book of poetry, “Postcard and Card Gallery: New and Selected Poems“, described as follows:

A Gallery of Postcards and Maps: New and Selected Poems brings together essential and award-winning poems from Susan Rich’s four books of poetry along with a generous selection of unpublished works. Rich’s poetry spans the past twenty years through a life engaged with human rights, compassion and travel issues. As a teacher, wanderer, and former journalist, Rich’s lyric poems strive to amplify the beauty we overlook, the nature of home, and the liminal spaces between the personal and the global.

The book isn’t the only reason to go to the Wednesday night 7 p.m. event at C&P; the poet promises a cake (just ordered from the Salvadoran bakery!). And she says her colleagues at WordsWest also have new work on the way – Ellis will be releasing her first full-length prose poetry novel this fall, and Taw is developing a musical. As the title of the event suggests, they’re “bringing the band together again for a book launch” – and inviting you to join them. No admission fees; if you want to buy a book while you’re there, you can.


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