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7:00 p.m. Every Second Wednesday of the Month


Beacon Arts sponsors Beacon Bards, a monthly poetry reading series featuring talented local poets. Readings begin at 7 p.m. at The Station Coffee Shop, a cafe in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, located at 2533 16th Avenue South, between Bayview and Lander Streets. Check out the latest readings here, for further information, contact Martha Silano.


2014 Archive

December 10, 2014


Jenifer Browne Lawrence & David Thornbrugh 

Jenifer Browne Lawrence is the author of One Hundred Steps from Shore. Awards include the Orlando Poetry Prize, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, Potomac Review’s Poetry Award, and a Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant. Recent work appears in Los Angeles Review, Narrative, North American Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. Jenifer lives on the west side of Puget Sound, and is co-editor of Crab Creek Review.



David Thornbrugh is a Ring of Fire poet based in Seattle, Washington. In his poetry, he strives to make sense ofexistence, and to lessen some of the gloom he feels as the natural world fades further and further into the past and the future looks less and less viable. He finds life without humor not worth the effort, and the idea of being a poet in America pretty funny.

November 12, 2014


M. Anne Sweet & Janée Baugher

M. Anne Sweet is a poet and artist who has performed and exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest. As a poet, she has performed individually, as well as with The Seattle Five Plus One, Project Z and the Daughters of Dementia. Literary credits include a book-length poetry collection, Nailed to the Sky; past winner of the Bart Baxter Poetry in Performance Competition; and numerous works in print and online. She maintains a working studio at Equinox Studios in the Georgetown area of Seattle and is currently working on a series of graphic poems (in the genre of graphic novels) that combine her visual art and poetry.

Janée J. Baugher is the author of two poetry collections, The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach, 2013) and Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books, 2010). Her work has been published in Boulevard, Nano Fiction, and Portland Review, among other places, and she has an interview forthcoming in The Writer’s Chronicle. Baugher’s poetry has been adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and elsewhere. A recent nonfiction fellow at the Island Institute of Sitka, Baugher’s performance venues include the Library of Congress and Bumbershoot. Currently, she teaches literature at University of Phoenix.

October 8, 2014  


Dianne Aprile & Elizabeth Austen



Dianne Aprile teaches creative nonfiction at Spalding University’s MFA in Writing program and at Hugo House. She’s the author of four books of nonfiction and the editor for others, most recently The Book, a letter-set, hand-printed anthology of photographs with texts by 24 writers. Dianne was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship, a Hedgebrook Residency and a team Pulitzer Prize while a staff writer for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal. Her essay on silence is posted at www.thisibelieve. org. Two excerpts from her memoir-in-progress were Pushcart Prize nominees. In an earlier life, she and her husband co-owned a jazz club in Louisville, KY.

Elizabeth Austen is the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2014-16. Her debut collection, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She’s also the author of two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet (Toadlily Press, 2010). Elizabeth earned an MFA in Poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles. She produces poetry programming for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9 and makes her living at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and journaling workshops for the staff.

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