National Poetry Month (NaPoMo) and there will be plenty of great readings and events to attend throughout April. Some, we've already mentioned--the reopening of Elliott Bay Books on April 15, Hugo House's Dead Poets Society readings, and the Edible Book Festival--and well, there will be plenty more where that came from.
Lucky for us, we happen to live in city that takes "all that poetry stuff" pretty darn seriously. The Seattle area is home to many small presses that specialize in poetry. There's Copper Canyon Press, Wave Books, Floating Bridge Press, and not to mention Seattle's newest small publisher Dark Coast Press.
Haven't heard of Dark Coast yet? Well you're in luck. Dark Coast Press will be at the Hugo House tomorrow night for their An Dantomine Eerly book release party. Not only will this be an excellent reading (with a full bar!), but if you were wondering how to celebrate the first day of National Poetry Month, you're officially all set.
J.r.d. Middleton reading from his forthcoming debut novel, An Dantomine Eerly; Seattle poet Paul Nelson, who will be reading selections from his recent book-length poem A Time Before Slaughter; gypsy jazz from the fabulous Pearl Django Trio; oh, and FREE limited press selections from the night's reading. Dark Coast's Aaron Talwar will be curating. Drinks and poetry and fiction and gypsy jazz? Spectacular.
Dark Coast Press officially set up shop in Ballard back in October of 2009. Cofounded by Aaron Talwar and Jarret Middleton, the small, indie press hopes to publish both established and unknown authors, specializing in fiction, poetry, essay, and avant-garde works.
Regarding their mission, Dark Coast says, "Our focus is on intelligence, experimentation, and creativity in new works of literary fiction, poetry, essay, drama, and avant-garde. We strive for openness and trust with readers and writers, and a sincere dedication to a culture of literary expression completely strange, fun, and meaningful for everyone we have the privilege of meeting and working with."
And for those of you hoping to keep the literary festivities going late into the evening tomorrow night--the Dark Coast Press gang will be moving to Oddfellows Cafe after finishing at the Hugo House for an after party and a book signing with a couple of pints. Plus your lovely self.