Sunday, November 7, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (11/7/21)

Welcome to November and a new Sunday of poems for your coffee-drinking pleasure. 


Poems read:

  • Upper Broadway by Adrienne Rich
  • From Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein (A Red Stamp, A Box, A Plate, A Seltzer Bottle, A Long Dress, A Red Hat, A Blue Coat
  • Aubade with Sage and Lemon by Tarfia Faizullah
  • 100 Bells by Tarfia Faizullah
  • Passage by Carolyn Forché
  • Light of Sleep by Carolyn Forché

Friday, November 5, 2021

Glorious First-Friday at The Hive

Photo by my partner Heather

Thank you to EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. who came to the open house tonight at The Hive. It was a fantastic, alive, moving place, and I felt absolutely and impossibly lucky to be a part of it. The Hive has given me what I've always known I needed--a place where visual artists who talk like I talk, think in ways I tend to think, despite my being a writer instead of a painter. It is so difficult to find those people when the genres don't tend to group each other like that. Anyway. It was fantastic. 

Miguel Gonzales wasn't present in our studio space this go-around, but luckily, he has many examples of his past work, and I led tours of his space to the best of my ability. On our shared counter, I set up a tidy version of what the path looks like from beginning to publication of a book, from early notes, to reading, to viewing art, to early drafts (cut and taped together), to later drafts. Many passersby bought books and chapbooks from my space. The discussions were wonderful, meeting so many people felt like a version of living I only vaguely remember, and being able to talk out my current project with an old and new friend felt easy and worthwhile, and I'm so glad I could articulate my project (not easy at its earliest incantations) and now I'm now reeling with its tangibility and possibilities.

The Hive will likely do more open-house events on First Fridays or other days of the month, so stay tuned for more opportunities to explore, discover, and enjoy this space. 

Learn more about The Hive from this news story:


Monday, November 1, 2021

Visit THE HIVE this First Friday in Spokane (November 5, 2021)


First Friday at The Hive

You're Invited!

From Spokesman Review article on Ribbon-Cutting
(Click on caption to read.)

First Fridays: On the first Friday of every month in Spokane, artists, studios, and artist-friendly spaces open their doors and invite community members to enjoy the art therein. Often, artists are present to talk with visitors about their work. .

The Hive: The Hive is Spokane library's newest building and contemporary way of thinking about the way a library can support its community's needs. The Hive features six artist studios where local artists can take up  space for six months or less in order to work on projects. The studios are awarded through an application process. 

The Invitation: This month, I'd love to extend the invitation from The Hive to come visit the new building and its artist studios. Many of us will be present to show you around our spaces and answer questions about our ongoing projects. 

My Writing Space: Visitors can step into the writing space I've made for my current project by browsing my books, viewing my visual notes, and asking anything about writing that you'd like. I'll have a writing space and special prompts for you to try out yourself. You can also buy a copy of The Floating Order, The Whole World at Once, or Hezada! I Miss You and other surprises. 

Most importantly, I'd love to see your face.

  • November 5, 2021
  • 5-8 PM (open-house style)
  • The Hive, 2904 E. Sprague

Selfie in my studio space


Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 31, 2021)

Happy Halloween, ghouls, ghosts, and poetry poltergeists. Welcome to this holiday's session of Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee, where I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee.


Poems read: 

  • A Rhyme for Halloween by Maurice Kilwein Guevara
  • All Hallows by Louise Glück
  • Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 24, 2021)

Every Sunday morning, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. Here's the session for October 24, 2021. Thanks for watching!


Poems read:

  • How to Corner the Market on Horse Cadavers by Lindsay Sletten
  • Parthenogenesis by Stevie Edwards
  • Conversation by Ai
  • Three Green Windows by Anne Sexton
  • Somewhere in California by Rumsha Sajid
  • Call It Instinct by m.l. smoker
  • Sonnet in the Higgs Field by Brooke Matson
  • Fine by Kim Addonizio
  • Prayer by Kaveh Akbar

Saturday, October 23, 2021

"Digging" in Evergreen: Grim Tales and Verses from the Gloomy Northwest

Good news! Sharma Shields and Maya Jewell Zeller have edited a new anthology of regional work entitled Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest. The collection comes from 56 contributors and moves through the beautiful and curious space created by artist Keeley Honeywell. 

Among the pages you'll stumble across my story Digging, which first appeared in Lake Effect literary journal and then in my first collection of stories, The Floating Order (Two Ravens Press, 2009). 

"In the surreal ‘Digging’ a young brother and sister try to come to terms with their homicidal mother and search for ways out of their imminent dispatch" (John Kenny in his larger review of the collection)

The stories in Erin Pringle's The Floating Order focus on images and ideas frequently linked in Western literature--fairy tales and reality, madness and imagination, death and children. Stories such as "All I Have Left" and "Digging," with the repetition of the title phrase in the former and, in both, systematic, but vivid and mythic plots, echo the way confessional poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath dealt with what then seemed disparate connections between the madness inherent in fairy tales and childhood experience. (Rene LeBlanc, in her review of The Floating Order entitled "Veneration of madness" from Texas Books in Review, 2009)

Order Evergreen for you and your friend who appreciates interesting gifts, visit Scablands Books 

P.S. Should you go looking for The Floating Order, you'll need to find it in used bookstores or from used online sellers, as the publisher went out of business several years ago. So, it's especially nice to have a story rescued from its bound grave and asked to breathe again.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 17, 2021)

Every Sunday morning, I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. Here's the session for October 17, 2021.


Poems read:

  • Love Town by Anne Carson
  • Alone by Jack Gilbert
  • Stay Home by Wendell Berry
  • 36-40 from Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  • 52 and 57 by Sappho, translated by Anne Carson
  • Poem with a Girl Almost Fifteen by C.D. Wright
  • That Purple Were the Color of Our Skin by Maya Jewell Zeller
  • The Summer Day by Mary Oliver


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Story News: Chair, $75 OBO in Issue Six of Moss

My story Chair, $75 OBO, is now available to read in the literary journal MossMoss. is made in the Pacific Northwest and features many regional writers, so not only is my story in good company, but I also know much of the company, which is an unusual and pleasing experience. Moss. is one of the few journals that pays its contributors, so encourage that dying pastime by subscribing:

Chair, $75 OBO will be in my next story collection. This seems like a good time for a general update on that collection. It's finished and awaiting a home so that it can find its way to yours. 


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 10, 2021)

Thanks for joining me for another session of poetry. We're somehow in October. I'm glad you've found yourself here, too.

Poems read:
  • 15. from XIII. A Small Porch in the Woods by Wendell Berry 
  • Walking in Paris by Anne Sexton
  • B.F.F. by Hieu Minh Nguyen
  • Grief Runs Untamed by Agnieszka Tworek

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 3, 2021)

Last Sunday, we didn't have poetry because I was under the weather, or the weather was on top of me. Either way, I'm better, and so here's another Sunday morning of coffee and words. Thanks for checking back in and all the positive feedback. Have a lovely week!

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (October 3, 2021)

Poems read:

  • Song of Change by Daniel Halpern
  • Relative Pitch by Jack Gilbert
  • 1953 by Jack Gilbert
  • Outside my Window by Polly Buckingham 
  • Poem with a Dead Tree by C.D. Wright
  • My Imminent Demise Makes the Headlines the Same Day I Notice How Even Your Front Teeth Are by Momtaza Mehri
  • Sonnet: Hamnavoe Market by George Mackay Brown
  • Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley 

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