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April 2009

Canada’s Poet Populist?

Monday, 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!

Saturday, 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!


Saturday, 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.