CANCELED - Celebrate World Poetry Day at Open Books: A Poem Emporium
Saturday, Mar. 21, 2020, 7 – 8 p.m.
CANCELED - Celebrate World Poetry Day at Open Books: A Poem Emporium
Wherenon-library location
Non-Library LocationOther
AddressOpen Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N 45th St, Seattle 98103
AudienceTeens, Adults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryCelebrate World Poetry Day with Seattle’s Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith and Youth Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee!
DescriptionThis year’s World Poetry Day will be celebrated and marked worldwide by the UNESCO Cities of Literature! Seattle’s event takes place at Open Books, one of just four poetry-only bookstores in the United States, and features Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith and Youth Poet Laureate Wei-Wei Lee. This year’s theme is the environment.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and Seattle City of Literature. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. The event is presented in partnership with Open Books. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

The City of Seattle's  2019 -2021 Civic Poet, Jourdan Imani Keith is a storyteller, essayist, playwright, naturalist and activist. A student of Sonia Sanchez, her TEDx Talk, "Your Body of Water,"the theme for King County's 2016-2018 Poetry on Buses program won an Americans for the Arts award. Her poetry is largely anthologized and was long listed by Danez Smith for Cosmonauts Avenue poetry prize. Keith's Orion Magazine essays, "Desegregating Wilderness" and " At Risk" were selected for the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing Anthology (Houghton Mifflin). She has been awarded fellowships from Hedgebrook, Wildbranch, Santa Fe Science Writing workshop, VONA, and Jack Straw. Her memoir in essays, Tugging at the Web is forthcoming from University of Washington Press.

Wei-Wei Lee is currently a senior at Nathan Hale High School and the 2019/2020 Youth Poet Laureate of Seattle. She was born in the States, but grew up in Taiwan, and has only been Stateside for four years. Seattle is the first city in the US she has ever known and loved. Though she first started writing around age eight, she only began writing poetry at fourteen -but she’s since fallen in love with it and hasn’t stopped. Poetry, for her, is largely based on pure feeling and imagery. In her work, she hopes to pay tribute to both Taiwan and American and do them proud.

About World Poetry Day

UNESCO's City of Literature programme is part of a wider Creative Cities Network that was launched in 2004 and is currently made up of 246 UNESCO Creative Cities globally. As of 2019, the UNESCO Cities of Literature network of 39 cities represents 6 continents and 29 countries, and a combined population of over 26 million, 1250 libraries, 130 literary festivals and over 1200 bookshops. The Network is active in making the literary and creative sectors of cities thrive through the development and implementation of a shared global strategy, which aims to promote the network, share good practice, and ensure that literature reaches diverse audiences.

About World Poetry Day: World Poetry Day is on 21 March, and was first declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.
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