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Poet Populist Seattle

Recommended, Thursday 6/11

May 31st, 2009

One-time candidate Mimi Allin hosts:

SAM Word
A.K. “Mimi” Allin
Thursday, June 11, 2009
8-9 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum Downtown, Entire Building
1300 First Avenue

A.K. “Mimi” Allin, the Poetess at Green Lake, curates poetry-infused “instigations” in SAM’s downtown galleries. This evening features 100 poets on the escalator, in the galleries, at the balconies, draped over the grand staircase, whispering poems, creating impasses, here and there, in various parts of the museum, over the course of an hour. Whispers will be broadcast to the main lobby and heard locally by those wandering the museum. FREE

Ashbery weighs in

May 2nd, 2009

From an interview in the 4/25 Boston Globe:

Q. Cambridge’s poet populist, Peter Payack, is asking residents to submit a few lines of poetry for a “community poem.” Are ideas like this good for poetry?

A. I like the idea of many voices contributing to a single poem. The 19th-century proto-surrealist French poet Lautréamont once wrote that poetry should be made by everybody, and that sounds like what this project is carrying out.

The Globe was interviewing the 81 year-old on the occasion of his acceptance of an award at Harvard.

You can follow Lauréamont and Ashbery and be part of Seattle Writes: add your poem to the project now, or just see what others are up to!

Canada’s Poet Populist?

April 27th, 2009


Writer Michael Ignatieff is no stranger to politics, but this spring he has been asserting his position as leader of Canada’s Labor Party. As Canada nears elections either this fall or next spring, Ignatieff looks like a strong possiblity to become their next Prime Minister.

With President Obama having authored three best-selling books–and Ignatieff having led an even more writerly career (in output, if not best-sellers), what does it mean that two leaders of North American countries are such accomplished writers?

Is it mere coincidence? A demonstration of sophistry? Or are we demanding more articulate and visionary leaders?

Write a poem on Seattle Writes!

April 4th, 2009

When Mike Hickey was elected, we challenged him to come up with a project to distinguish his year in office. He immediately suggested getting the local citizenry to write more poetry. Inspired by the Seattle Public library program Seattle Reads—a brainchild of Nancy Pearl and Chris Higashi–Mike’s program Seattle Writes helps everyone in King County write, publish, and share poetry this April and beyond.

Over the past month, Mike, along with our web designer extraordinaire Shaun Swick, and the erstwhile Poet Populist home office, have developed the program and interface. Check it out and submit your own poem!


April 4th, 2009

On January 25, at the downtown branch of the Public Library, we held the Inauguration for newly-elected Poet Populist Mike Hickey. Mike read, as did outgoing Poet Populist Cody Walker, and special guests Jack Hirschman (San Francisco Poet Laureate), Ruth Yarrow, A.K. Mimi Allin (and a troupe of 7), Judith Roche, and (pictured) Chelsey Richardson.

Mike Hickey on the radio

January 19th, 2009

Luke Burbank of KIRO radio’s Too Beautiful to Live interviewed Mike Hickey just before the election… I finally got a chance to check it out. It’s an interesting take on why the general public (via the hosts of the show) feel that poetry has gotten too abstruse for its own good—and how the Poet Populist can help return it back to regular people. Check it out here!

Poet Inauguration Sunday 1/25!

January 19th, 2009

On Sunday, January 25, Mike Hickey will be installed as the city’s 8th Poet Populist at a reading at the Central Library. The reading will feature, besides Hickey, special guest Jack Hirschman, Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Former Seattle Poet Populist Cody Walker will also read, and several of this year’s candidates, including Judith Roche, Ruth Yarrow, Mimi Allin and Chelsey Richardson will make cameos. Program founder and Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata will give an introduction.

The reading starts at 2:00 pm, at the Central Library, 1000 - 4th Avenue between Madison and Spring streets. ADMISSION IS FREE.

Finalists’ Reading and Party at Hugo House Nov 14

November 7th, 2008

First off, congratulations to Mike Hickey, poet populist-elect for 2009! (See the results page for the rundown.)

Mike and the other finalists, plus some cameos from other contestants, libations from the bar, and some questions and door prizes from our “Pop Quiz” will all be part of the fun evening. Here are the details:


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1634 - 11th AVE

See you there!

Candidate Forum #2, Youngstown 10/27

October 19th, 2008

Mark your calendar for Monday October 27 at 7 pm, come to Candidate Forum #2 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center to hear 7 of our 13 poets:

  • A.K. “Mimi” Allin, Daemond Arrindell, Mike Hickey, Thomas Hubbard, Jared Leising (by proxy), Roseanne Estelle McAleese, and Ruth Yarrow
  • PLUS a special appearance by 2005-2006 Poet Populist Pesha Joyce Gertler
  • And a pop quiz for the candidates! Do they have what it takes to be Poet Populist?

The program is free. Doors are at 6:30 pm, program at 7:00 pm. Youngstown is at 4408 Delridge Way SW in West Seattle. Thanks to Youngstown for jumping in as a supporter of the program and providing the space for the reading!

Poets Getting Over Themselves

October 18th, 2008

Mimi Allin organized this project today at Green Lake. What a gorgeous day!