Kelli Russell Agodon
Jeannine Hall Gailey
I love the serendipity that led to the launching of this new program. For me, it’s a sense that good ideas often generate more good ideas. Last June I listened as novelists and memoir writers I know waxed poetic about how much fun they have visiting local book groups. The writers spoke of smart women (and men) who “got” their books and in turn offered a new understanding of the work for the writers themselves. The women also mentioned good food and laughter. I wanted to join in.
I’m delighted to announce a new program to connect book groups with poets. It’s called “A Poet at Your Table” (a sub group of Booklift) and is offered in cooperation with the Seattle Arts and Lectures Poetry Series and Crab Creek Review.
A Poet at Your Table
Join our second annual A Poet at Your Table season and receive an evening with an award-winning Pacific NW poet each time your book group chooses to read a book by one of our writers. A poet will visit your book group to discuss the process of creating her book, read poems, answer questions. We will design a presentation that best fits your needs. In addition, your group can receive a 15% discount on subscriptions to the Seattle Arts and Lectures Poetry Series.It’s one thing to enjoy an evening out to hear a poet perform in a large auditorium, but what if you could listen to a poet talk about her work in the comfort of your own home? Washington state boasts an impressive group of poets who want to connect with readers and book groups.
1) What do we have to do to prepare for A Poet at Your Table ?
~ Besides reading the chosen poetry book, no other preparation needed. Whatever your book group usually does is fine. Just let us know what works for you.
2) How far in advance do we need to book our poet?
~ A month in advance would be great but you can contact us on shorter notice and we’ll try! We travel, we teach, we write, so give us your top three choices of poets, and we’ll do our best to accomodate your schedule.
3) Do you have a web site where we can review the books and learn about the poets?
~ We encourage you to check out the websites of our eight poets and see which of us seems the best match for you. The links are “live” for the poets just above these these questions.
4) Our book group is in Kitsap County — is that too far for A Poet at Your Table?
~ We have poets throughout Washington! We will do our best to match a poet with your location.
5) Can we choose more than one poet to visit?
~ Absolutely! You could invite two poets to come on the same evening or one poet per month.
6) What if the poet we want is busy?
~It is true; we teach, we travel, and we write. We ask that you give us your first, second, and third choices. This way we have a better chance of finding the right poet for you on the night of your group.