Poetry fest coming to Seattle

David Schmader to Host "She Said" at Hugo House: An Evening with Local Women Authors

Seattle writer David Schmader will host "She Said: Women's Lives in Poetry and Prose" on Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at Richard Hugo House. Featuring seven local women writers - Elizabeth Austen, Janna Cawrse Esarey, Monica Murphy LeMoine, Corbin Lewars, Midge Raymond, Susan Rich, and Katharine Whitcomb - the event, co-sponsored by Hugo House, is free and open to the public.
This eclectic group of emerging and seasoned writers from the Pacific Northwest will provide a window into less obvious aspects of womanhood. With wit and insight, writers will share from both forthcoming and award-winning works, tackling issues from
relationships and sex, to pregnancy and motherhood, to work and travel - all in an engaging mix of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Café Hugo will serve wine, beer, cocktails, and snacks, and signed copies of books will be for sale through Elliott Bay Book Company.
Elizabeth Austen is the voice of poetry on KUOW 94.9 public radio. Her chapbook, The Girl Who Goes Alone, a humorous and moving take on girls and the great outdoors, will be published in early summer by Floating Bridge Press. For more information, visitwww.elizabethausten.org.
Janna Cawrse Esarey's travel memoir, The Motion of the Ocean (Touchstone), was named a favorite summer read by Publishers Weekly and was a Parade Magazine pick. Monica Murphy LeMoine writes and blogs about life after pregnancy loss and is author of the darkly humorous memoir Knocked Up, Knocked Down (Catalyst Book Press). For more information, visit Monica's award-winning bloghttp://www.knockedupknockeddown.blogspot.com/, or book
website, www.knockedupknockeddown.com.
Corbin Lewars (www.corbinlewars.com) is the founder of the zine Reality Mom (www.realitymomzine.blogspot.com) and author of Creating a Life.
Midge Raymond's story collection, Forgetting English (Eastern Washington University Press), received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction.
Susan Rich is the author of three collections of poetry, Cures Include Travel, The Cartographer's Tongue, and most recently, The Alchemist's Kitchen (http://poet.susanrich.net).
Katharine Whitcomb is the author of Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems (Bluestem Press), Hosannas (Parallel Press), and mostly recently Lamp of Letters (Floating Bridge Press), winner of the 2009 Floating Bridge Chapbook Award.

David Schmader is a playwright and journalist who writes the Last Days column for The Stranger. He is the author of the solo plays Straight, Mansize, and Letter to Axl, which he has performed in Seattle and across the United States.
Event co-sponsor Richard Hugo House is a center for the literary arts whose mission is to provide writers of all ages and backgrounds with the resources they need, connect audiences with the world of writing, foster the creation of new work and promote the literary arts as a vital part of our culture. The House is located at 1634 11th Ave. in
Capitol Hill. For information, visit www.HugoHouse.org.[[In-content Ad]]