West of Lenin to Host Poets, PowerPoint fundraiser for Humanities Washington

Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken joins several other writers July 19 for an evening of poetic explorations in slideshow form. Proceeds from the event benefit Humanities Washington’s work throughout the state.

  • June 28, 2012
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  • News & Notes
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  • By Humanities Washington staff

Our good friend AJ Epstein, a Humanities Washington board member and proprietor of the West of Lenin theater space, is hosting a July 19 fundraiser for Humanities Washington. West of Lenin recently sent out this press release:

Poets, PowerPoint & A Delightful Misuse of Company Time poster

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SEATTLE – What happens when a poetic imagination is given access to PowerPoint and far too much free time?

West of Lenin and Ripple Productions are excited to present an evening of poetic explorations in slideshow form with Poets, PowerPpoint & a Delightful Misuse of Company Time on July 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at West of Lenin in Fremont. Tickets to this one-night-only event are $30 and proceeds benefit Humanities Washington.

The evening was conceived by West of Lenin proprietor and Humanities Washington trustee A.J. Epstein and Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken. Featured presenters include Flenniken, Keri Healey (local playwright recently shortlisted for The Stranger’s Genius Awards) Peter Pereira (family physician and Copper Canyon Press poet), Martha Silano (most recent collection is The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception), Molly Tenenbaum (author of The Cupboard Artist), Barbara Earl Thomas (writer and painter whose work has appeared at Seattle Art Museum) and other special guests. Each writer will present original work accompanied by a digital slideshow, melding visuals and words into PowerPoint poetics.

Kathleen Flenniken

Kathleen Flenniken

Kathleen Flenniken’s first book, Famous, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her second collection, Plume, has been selected for the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series. Flenniken’s honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and grants from Artist Trust and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. Flenniken is co-editor/president of Floating Bridge Press and president of the board at Jack Straw.


What: Poets, PowerPoint & a Delightful Misuse of Company Time [Details]
Where: West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., Seattle [Directions]
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19
Cost: $30, tickets available from Brown Paper Tickets

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. As the state’s flagship nonprofit for the humanities, its work — ranging from a speakers bureau to traveling museum exhibits to family reading programs — promotes awareness of local history, provides opportunities for people to gather and learn about their unique past and shared present, and nurtures relationships that enable us to move toward a prosperous future.

Tickets for Poets, PowerPoint & a Delightful Misuse of Company Time are $30 and available from Brown Paper Tickets.

About West of Lenin: This 88-seat black box theater is located at 203 N. 36th St. in Fremont, directly across the street from the George & Dragon Pub, and literally a five-minute walk west from the statue of Lenin.

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