Butterfly: Una Tranformacion

Metamorphosis is an unapologetic act of faith. Queer Trans People of Color journey around the topic of reclaiming and rebirthing spirituality within their queer communities through spoken word, poetry, and music. Witness how each artist crosses a rainbow bridge that interconnects sexuality and spirituality by embodying their own unique transformation. La Espiritista’s “Butterfly: Una Transformacion” […]
Apr 30, 2019

Skylark After Dark

Variety Show featuring music, comedy, spoken word and much more. Friday August 31st Doors 8:30pm Show 9:00pm $10
Aug 6, 2018

Poet Carlynn Newhouse reflects on creative process and opening for Questlove

The 18-year-old talks inspiration, Instagram as a writing tool and her plans to attend Howard University.
May 23, 2018

#GreaterSeattle: Writing poetry without barriers

While bouncing from home to home in the state's foster care system, Seattle poet Angel Gardner worked on her craft, which draws from her life.
May 19, 2017

Poetry on Buses returns, with expansion of multilingual outreach

The program will host workshops for Chinese, Ethiopian, Punjabi, Spanish-speaking, African American and Tlingit communities.
Apr 26, 2016

“A life that lives to kill the life of mother nature. This is me.”

"A life that lives to kill the life of mother nature. This is me"
Mar 13, 2016

Artist’s “Red Lineage” sets pattern for poetry

Natasha Marin's "The Red Lineage" is an equalizer opening everyone to being a poet.
Jan 5, 2016

Claudia Castro Luna named as Seattle’s first civic poet

Claudia Castro Luna has masters degrees in poetry and urban planning and is a K-12 certified teacher.
Aug 4, 2015

Visiting UW professor becomes nation’s first Latino poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Latino poet laureate of the United States.
Jun 11, 2015

‘Poetry on Buses’ brings Seattle’s languages, cultures along for the ride

The 'Poetry on Buses' program has expanded its reach—not only in number of poems, but into poetry of different cultures, languages and traditions.
Apr 27, 2015
Reagan Jackson, author and founder of Many Voices One Tribe, a travel program for young writers of color. (Photo by Joy Okot-Okidi)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Reagan Jackson

A lifelong writer brings the power of words to young people of color.
Apr 26, 2015

Voicing truths through poetry at Youth Speaks Seattle

The points are not the point at the Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam competition. The point is the poetry. And community.
Apr 17, 2015

Poetry on Buses, rebooted to reflect diverse ridership

After a seven year hiatus, Metro’s bus poetry project is back to showcase King County’s multilingual talent.
Nov 13, 2014
Hamda Yusuf, a third-year international studies major who is Somali American, often works on her poetry about identity at the Quad on the University of Washington campus. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Borders collapse in voices of young poets

A growing cohort of immigrant poets gives a universal spin to Northwest themes.
Sep 26, 2014

The poetics of home with Zubair Ahmed

I begin to sleep. My body is music. I will never have a home. – from ‘Concession’. City of Rivers. McSweeny’s (2012). Technically, Zubair Ahmed does have a home — in a shiny apartment complex in Belltown. There, the 25-year-old turns few heads as he goes to and from his job at Boeing, where he […]
Apr 24, 2014
Laura Wachs with her brother.Laura Wachs with her brother.

Local poet elevates the voices of Korean adoption

“I am a walking anomaly trying to find out what makes me ignite”. My name is Laura Wachs. I’m a spoken word poet from Seattle. I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea when I was six months old. This June I will be taking my first trip back to Korea. Returning is something I’ve always […]
Apr 15, 2014
An unidentified detainee at the Northwest Detention Center in 2008. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

National Poetry Month: Send us your poem about immigration

April is National Poetry Month, and while there are many ways to celebrate, one I enjoy is participating in the 30/30. Writing 30 poems in 30 days, one a day, like a vitamin to stimulate the creative juices in your soul… or to taunt and frustrate you mercilessly, depending on the day. Sometimes you need a […]
Apr 14, 2014
Magdaleno Rose-Avila addresses the crowd at an immigration rally in Seattle in 2006. (Photo courtesy of Rose-Avila)

We are Seattle, we want to be free: Rose-Avila on Mandela and MLK

With his tenure at the city’s Office of Immigrant Refugee Affairs ending, Seattle activist Magdaleno Rose-Avila is back at his typewriter to carry on a life-long struggle for civil rights.
Jan 18, 2014

Hollis Wong-Wear’s summer reading list

Read-a-thon time! Seattle’s up-and-coming-est Renaissance woman shares her top 5 summer books.
Aug 14, 2013

Not “Just Another Towelhead”: A Globalist Q&A with slam poet Hamda Yusuf

Meet Hamda Yusuf: She’s 19, she’s a local slam poetry champion, and she wants to be the US ambassador to Somalia.
Apr 5, 2013