Sunday Holiday Reading at Lottie’s

For years there was a popular open mic at Lottie Motts, which was a cafe in Columbia City. Now the coffee has given way to Tequila and the Angie’s crowd has migrated across the street to be served beer by Seattle’s best bartending poet/literary empresario, Graham Isaac. He has sent this:

Lottie's Lounge

Lottie’s Lounge

Holiday stress got you down? Love your family. . . but need a drink? Come to Lottie’s Lounge for Rad, Santa: A Night of Literary Holiday Catharsis. Writers and performers from Columbia City and beyond will share poetry and stories that’ll tell truths about the holidays– or take your mind off it entirely. Expect a fun, high-caliber evening of words, featuring Paul Nelson, Ra’anan David, Ela Barton, Chris Gusta, Jocelyn Macdonald and more!

7:30 PM
Sunday December 22nd
Lottie’s Lounge
4900 Rainier Ave S.

What will you hear? Not sure what the other folks will do, especially Ra’anan David, who is capable of just about anything short of duets with large barnyard animals (Greg Bem does not count) but I will be reading at least one seasonal poem and at least one or two pieces from my recent residency at The Lake, awarded by the Morris Graves Foundation. AND my in-laws, Joe and Buffy Sedlachek, may very well be attending, so that’s added incentive. And I will have news about a recent poetry prize which I won. A good crowd could mean more readings at Lottie’s, so I hope to see you Sunday night.

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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