>Reading in Seattle

>Come warm yourself by the fiery words of Melanie Noel, Jared Leising, and Bret Fetzer! Thursday Dec. 13 at 7:00 PM at Tougo Coffee, 1410 18th Ave. at Union in the Central District.

“But there was the sensation of wind having been there. Tie my old shoes, Casanova. The laces are dying brown cosmos in your uncalloused hands.”

Melanie Noel is a poet and lives in Seattle. Her poems have appeared in Fine Madness, Filter and on the audio magazine Weird Deer. She has written poems for the installations Partsong and Collocation, and as a live score for What Remains Unseen, an experimental documentary by James Merle Thomas. She is a co-curator for the dance, music and poetry series APOSTROPHE with Gust Burns and Beth Graczyk.

“This is how we talk, how we listen—in duendeandinnuendo. To say it straight would be easy”

Jared Leising, originally from the Midwest, received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. His stories and poems have appeared in various Washington publications such as Pontoon, Crab Creek Review, Stringtown, as well as on Metro Buses and local radio. Jared has worked as a writer-in-residence for Ballard and Nathan Hale High Schools. Currently, he teaches English at Cascadia Community College and is a volunteer for 826 Seattle, a youth writing center in Greenwood.

“While scrupulous and diligent at his celestial task, on his own time the moon was lazy and prone to complain. Long were his stories of the slights he received from envious stars and comets.”

Bret Fetzer writes plays and short stories. His collections of original fairy tales, ‘Petals & Thorns’ and ‘Tooth & Tongue’, are available at www.pistilbooks.com. He is the Artistic Director of Annex Theatre and curates Spin the Bottle, Annex’s monthly late-night variety show. His ISO was published in SLQ issue two.

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