Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Hugo House Passes the Ladies the Mic at "She Said"
Oh Snap! Turns out that IS what she said... or at least what she'll be saying tonight at the Hugo House. Featuring a fantastic lineup of seven Northwest female writers and poets such as Elizabeth Austen, Midge Raymond, Janna Cawrse Esarey, and Susan Rich, She Said: Women's Lives Through Poetry and Prose hopes to provide a witty and insightful look into the less obvious aspects of womanhood--something we're sure that all of the ladies will be able to identify with.
Host David Schmader will lead the evening as the female authors read from forthcoming and previously published work pertaining to the many aspects of what it means to be a woman--tackling issues such as relationships, sex, motherhood, work, and travel, and possibly all of those happening at once--through an eclectic mix of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Poet Elizabeth Austen is the author of the forthcoming chap book, The Girl Who Goes Alone, which will be available in late May. You can hear Austen's voice regularly on KUOW as she is interviews local Northwest poets every Saturday, from noon-2 p.m. Austen's poetry has been featured in publications such as the Bellingham Review, Pontoon, Swivel, and Weathered Pages.
Janna Cawrse Esarey is the author of last year's Indie hit travel memoir, The Motion of the Ocean. Described as "a well-written, rollicking high-seas adventure," (who can complain with that?) this nonfiction book was named as a favorite summer read by Publishers Weekly and was also a Parade Magazine pick. You may also know Esarey from her P.I. column "Happily Even After: Married w/ Kids Seeks Work-Life-Love Balance," where she blogs about all things relationships.
Northwest poet Susan Rich has three published collections of poetry, thus far: Cures Include Trave, The Cartographer's Tongue, and her most recent collection (as in like last week!), The Alchemist's Kitchen. Rich's work has won countless awards, including the Seattle CityArtist Project Award, an Artist Trust Fellowship, and the Times Literary Supplement Award. Her poetry has as well been featured in numerous publications including the Harvard Review, Poetry International, Gettysburg Review, and others.
Mommy blogger Monica Murphy Lemoine writes about life after pregnancy loss (and her recent new baby!) on her darkly humorous blog and her recently published same-titled book, Knocked up, Knocked down. ANY mother will appreciate Lemoine's truthful yet humorous writing--her blog even boasts a Knocktionary filled with words such as "melanrageous" and "angstigator" and a Stillbirth Theme Song with A MUSIC VIDEO. No joke; Lemoine is NOT your typical housewife.
You may remember Midge Raymond from last year when we reviewed her short story collection Forgetting English. The collection received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and we'd highly recommend it to anyone not familiar with her work. Raymond is a favorite at the Hugo House and reads frequently at their events including Cheap Beer and Prose. Raymond will also be teaching a class at Hugo House's first writer's conference Finding Your Readers in the 21st Century later this month.
Tonight will also feature Corbin Lewars, founder of the zine Reality Mom and the memoir Creating a Life, and poet Katharine Whitcomb who is the author of three poetry collections: Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems, Hosannas, and the recent Lamp of Letters.
As we noted earlier, playwright and The Stranger's "Last Days" columunist David Schmader will be on hand to host this great group of local female writers through what we're sure will be an excellent night for all. And since the Hugo House has a full bar, there will be plenty of opportunity to toast the ladies as they explore the idea of womanhood and all the good, and the bad and the ugly that comes along with it.