Thursday, December 2, 2021

Book Your Stocking with Mallory Battista

Book Your Stocking 2021
 Book Your Stocking: December 2

Welcome back to Book Your Stocking, a somewhat-annual series in which avid readers recommend stocking stuffers for you and yours. Return each day through Christmas for new ideas. More stocking stuffer ideas here:


Recommendation: "Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World" Written and Illustrated by Pénélope Bagieu

Why: This is a wonderful collection of graphic stories about rebel women throughout history and around the world; I love the illustration style and the powerful tales of these inspiring women!


Mallory Battista
Mallory Battista is a visual artist and book lover in Spokane, and can be found at and on Instagram.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Book Your Stocking with Carol Pringle (My Mom)

Book Your Stocking: December 1

Book Your Stocking 2021
I'm happy to announce that Book Your Stocking has returned this year after a two-year hiatus. You'd think there'd been a pandemic or something. Thanks for finding your way back or for the first time. Welcome, welcome! This year, the series will run something like a Readers' Advent. Each day, an avid reader will recommend a book, poem, song, etcetera that they believe you need in your life--or at least your stocking. If you miss a day, you can find them all here:


Recommendation: The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin

Why: Love the story of redemption of several lives linked-by-beekeeping.


About Today's Reader: Carol Pringle, retired teacher (and my mom)
Carol Pringle

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (11/28/21)

Welcome to this week'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:

  • Mama Said Nothing Good by Tina Mozelle Braziel 
  • Trailer Fish by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  • Fiddler’s Song by George Mackay Brown
  • Song of the Stone by George Mackay Brown
  • Playing House by Jack Gilbert
  • My Whole Life I Was Trained to Deny Myself by Eugenia Leigh

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

There's No Place: New Novella by Erin Pringle

 There’s No Place, 

A Pandemic Christmas Story 

There’s No Place is a novella bound for my next collection of stories, but without a press for the collection, I’d rather not wait years for you to read it when it seems important to read now.

So, I printed it up, sewed the cover, and voila! Now you can read it.

The story: Set in the rural Midwest, the story follows a queer daughter visiting her mother for the first time in several years, and the return rises the haunting memories that linger in such places at such times. And then two strangers come knocking on a snowy winter’s night.

  • $12 (includes gift-wrap and postage within the U.S.)
  • Let me know if you’d like a copy for yourself or a friend, and I’ll reply with details. Message me at erintpringle (at)


Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (November 21, 2021)

Welcome to Wake to Words, where I read good poems by other people while we all drink coffee. In this session, all the poems dwell within the human-shaped space of November. Enjoy!

Poems read:

  • November by Alice Finnegan
  • November by Billy Collins
  • November by Maggie Dietz
  • November by Jane Shore
  • November Leaves by Jack Turner

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Wake to Words and Brew Some Coffee (11-14-21)

Here is the most recent session of good poetry by other people. Please enjoy!


Poems read:
  • a few remaining trees by Ann Tweedy
  • Swimming by Polly Buckingham
  • On Orchids by Anne Carson
  • Sowing by Audre Lorde
  • Immortality by Ai
  • Poem with a Dozen Cherries on a Ledge by C.D. Wright

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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