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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. There is no cover charge, so please enjoy a latte or a glass of wine (cash only) to support our generous hosts! For further information, contact Martha Silano.


Beacon Bards comes in book form, too! A Din to Fight a Monster's Ear, edited by series founder, Martha Silano, is a limited-edition collectible poetry anthology featuring the work of fourteen local poets who read during the first year of the Beacon Bards reading series. Pick up a copy at the next reading. $10

Check out City Arts for an interview at with Martha Silano about 

Beacon Bards and her new book.

Beacon Bards has grown up and moved away. We would like to congratulate the past curator, Martha Silano on her successful move to hosting regional poetry readings to third place books in Seward Park. We wish her the 

best of luck.

2016 Readers

Wednesday, June 8

7:00 pm

John Marshall &
Alexander Moysaenko

J.W. Marshall is in the process of turning over the ownership of Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in Wallingford, he and his wife, Christine Deavel, started in 1995. Poetry of his has appeared most recently in Poetry Northwest and Hubbub. His full-length collection, Meaning a Cloud, won the Field Poetry Prize and was published by Oberlin College Press.

Born in Ohio, Alexander Moysaenko attended schools in Chicago and now works at Open Books and as a freelance copyeditor in Seattle.


2016 Archive

Wednesday, May 11

7:00 pm


Annette Spaulding-Convy &

Janet Norman Knox


Annette Spaulding-Convy is a poet and editor in the Seattle area. Her full length collection, In Broken Latin, is published by the University of Arkansas Press as a finalist for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, In the Convent We Become Clouds, won the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She was chosen for the Jack Straw Writer's Program and is a recipient of the Artist Trust GAP Grant and the Artist Trust Fellowship Award. She is co-founder and co-editor of Two Sylvias Press and is the past co-editor of the literary journal, Crab Creek Review.


Janet Norman Knox is a seven-time Pushcart nominee and finalist for the Discovery/The Nation Award. Her poems have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Feminist Studies (play 9 Gs and the Red Telephone), 5 AM, Rhino, Bellingham Review, Fourth River, Diner, Seattle Review, Adirondack Review, and Diagram, and in Eastlake Cleaners when Quality & Price Count [a romance] . She has collaborated with artists Anne Beffel (Jack Straw Foundation and Duwamish Revealed Grants) and Vaughn Bell (4Culture and Duwamish Revealed Grants).  Come see her play, Artifact Pattern: Observations on the Behaviour of Homo Sapiens in Change, Rolling Bay Hall (SpaceCraft) June 18, 7:30 (tickets: Brown Paper Tickets).

Thursday, April 28

6-7:30 pm

Beacon Hill Library

2821 Beacon Ave South


Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

EJ Koh

Alan Chong Lau


Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an American poet and translator of Palestinian, Syrian and Jordanian heritage. She earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and is an MFA candidate at the Rainier Writing Workshop at PLU. Her poems have been published in journals including Blackbird, Lunch Ticket, Diode, James Franco Review, Borderlands Texas Review and others. Her first book of poems, Water & Salt, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2017.


EJ Koh has appeared in World Literature Today, TriQuarterly, Southeast Review, Pleiades, Columbia Review, and others. She has been featured in Flavorwire’s 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry and Culture Trip’s 10 Americans Changing the Face of Poetry. She accepted fellowships at Kundiman, The MacDowell Colony, Napa Valley’s Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and Jack Straw Writers. She earned her MFA at Columbia University in New York for Creative Writing and Literary Translation in Korean and Japanese.


Alan Chong Lau (born July 11, 1948 in Oroville, California) is a poet and visual artist. He grew up in Paradise, California and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Art. He serves as Arts Editor for the International Examiner, his art is represented by ArtXchange Gallery, and his books include no hurry (Cash Machine, 2007), Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker’s Journal (University of Hawai’i Press, 2000), Songs For Jadina (Greenfield Review Press, 1980), and The Buddha Bandits Down Highway 99 (Buddhhead Press, 1978). He lives in Seattle, Washington.

March 9th, 7 pm


Matt Gano, Leija Farr, & Aaron Count 


Matt Gano is author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press (2013), and co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program. Matt has been writing and teaching professionally since 2004. He currently works as Program Manager of The Fremont Abbey Arts Center, as writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools (The Center School), and as a teaching artist for the Skagit Valley Poetry Project.


Leija Farr is a 17 year old poet from Seattle, Washington. She is the first ever youth poet laureate in Seattle history. Everything the world gives her is up for interpretation. She became more serious with poetry after winning a contest at 12 years old with a poem on teens and drugs. Since then, she has expressed herself growing mentally and physically through open mics across the city. She is currently on Cleveland high school's journalism team and is involved in BSU. She aspires to be an author, travel writer and journalist


Poet and fiction writer Aaron Counts is a teaching artist with the Writers-in-the-Schools program and is the program coordinator for Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration for youth in King County, Washington. Aaron holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and his writing has appeared in a variety of places in print and online. His first publication was many years ago, on the door of his mother’s old Kenmore refrigerator on 7th Street in Yakima.

No reading in January - Happy New Year!


Febuary 10th, 2016

7:00 p.m.


Erin Malone & Martha Silano


Erin Malone is the author of Hover (Tebot Bach Press, 2015), and a chapbook, What Sound Does It Make (Concrete Wolf Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Field, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Verse Daily. The recipient of awards from Washington’s Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Jack Straw Foundation, she’s taught writing through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools, Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and at the University of Washington Rome Center in Italy. She’s at work on a new manuscript of poems that explores childhood, trauma, and the transience of memory. Please visit 


Martha Silano is the author of four books of poetry, including The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and Reckless Lovely (also from Saturnalia Books). She co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice (Two Sylvias Press 2013). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Orion, and The Best American Poetry 2009, among others. Martha edits Crab Creek Review and teaches at Bellevue College. 


2015 Archive

December 9, 2015

7:00 p.m.


Drew Dillhunt

& Emily Johnston

Drew Dillhunt is author of Leaf is All (Bear Star Press), which won the 2015 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. His writing has also appeared in VOLT, Mudlark, Tarpaulin Sky, and Jacket2. He’s released two albums of songs, including one with the band Fighting Shy, and is currently a member of the Seattle-based band Answering Machines. He lives in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, where he serves as the Associate Editor of Hummingbird Press.


Emily Johnston is a Seattle writer of poetry, essays, and fiction. Her first book, Her Animals, just came out last month. She is also published in the journal Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem, Truthout, Slate, and others, and anthologized in The Needle Can. She is also a climate activist, and a co-founder of 350 Seattle.

Jeanine Walker is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer who holds

a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University

of Houston. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Cimarron

Review, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, Narrative, PageBoy, and

Web Conjunctions. She is the host of the reading series Cheap Wine & Poetry at the Richard Hugo House and of the Columbia City-based variety show Mixed Bag. She teaches poetry to 4th & 5th graders through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools.


Joseph Green’s poems have appeared in such publications as The Bellingham Review, Cooweescoowee, Crab Creek Review, 5 AM, Free Lunch, Hubbub, Litspeak Dresden (Germany), Nimrod, Pearl, Pontoon, Slipstream, The Stony Thursday Book (Ireland),, The Threepenny Review, Wilderness, Willow Springs, and ZYZZYVA, among others. His most recent collection is What Water Does at a Time Like This (MoonPath Press, 2015). He retired from teaching in 2010, his twenty-fifth year at Lower Columbia College, to concentrate on writing, playing music, and producing letterpress-printed poetry broadsides through The Peasandcues Press. He lives with his wife, Marquita, in Longview, Washington.

November 18, 2015** (Third Wedesday)
7:00 p.m.
Jeanine Walker 
& Joseph Green
October 14, 2015
Jay Nebel &
Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks: 

landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) and Last Night I Dreamt

of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). Her poetry can be found

in Asian American Literary Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly,

The Collagist and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards

from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, the Richard

Hugo House, and Literary Arts, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, 

Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others.  

Michelle lives in Seattle. 


Jay Nebel's first book, Neighbors, won the Saturnalia Poetry Prize

selected by Gerald Stern.  His poems have appeared in journals

including APR, Narrative, Ploughshares, and Tin House. He lives

in Portland, Oregon with his wife and their two children.

He delivers juice for a living.

September 9, 2015


Natasha Saje


Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, Red

Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994), Bend (Tupelo, 2004),

Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014), and a critical book about poetry,

Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, 

(Michigan, 2014). Her honors include the Robert Winner

and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards from the Poetry Society of America, the 2002 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Slovenia, and a Camargo Fellowship in France. Sajé has been teaching in the low residency Vermont College  of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program since 1996, and is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she directs the Weeks Poetry Series. 

July 8, 2015


Andy Stallings

& Melissa Dickey

Andy Stallings lives in Massachusetts, where he teaches English at Deerfield Academy. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a co-editor of THERMOS Magazine. His first book of poems, To the Heart of the World, came out in 2014 with Rescue Press. 




Melissa Dickey is the author of The Lily Will and the forthcoming What Were Woods, both from Rescue Press. A native of New Orleans, she holds degrees from the University of Washington and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She now lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and three young children.

June 10, 2015


Michael Hickey 

&Taylor Springs

Michael G. Hickey received a BA from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the University of Washington. He is a tenured writing professor at South Seattle College and was elected Seattle's eighth "Poet Populist" in 2008. In 2012, he published his first full-length book of poetry, A Dress Walked by with a Woman Inside, and his first novel, Counterclockwise, both by Northchester Press. He has also published poetry and prose in numerous magazines such as The Atlanta Review, The Seattle Review, Raven Chronicles, and Crab Creek Review. 


Taylor Springs is eighteen years old and has been performing poetry in West Seattle for the last three years. She is currently a student at South Seattle College and can typically be found at a coffee shop or ocean shore.

May 13, 2015


Jeannine Hall Gailey

& Nance Van Winckel

Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She is the author of four books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, and The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, out in spring 2015 from Mayapple Press. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review and Prairie Schooner. Her web site is



Nance Van Winckel's newest books are Ever Yrs., a novel in the form of a scrapbook, and Pacific Walkers, her sixth collection of poems, which was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. A book of visual poetry is forthcoming in 2016. The recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner, she has new poems in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Field, Poetry Northwest, and Gettysburg Review. She is on the MFA faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Professor Emerita in E. Washington University's Inland Northwest Center for Writers.

April 8, 2015


Susan Landgraf

& Susan Rich 

Susan Landgraf has had more than four hundred poems published in more than one hundred and fifty journals, including Poet Lore, Nimrod, Rattle, and Ploughshares. Her honors include Pablo Neruda, Society of Humanistic Anthropology, and Academy of American Poets awards; a Jack Straw Productions grant; a Theodore Morrison scholarship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference; two National Endowment for the Humanities grants; and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She teaches writing, media, literature, and diversity globalism studies at Highline Community College and has taught at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China through an exchange program.



Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including her recent, Cloud Pharmacy, named a finalist for the Julie Suk Award and  the IndieFab Award. Susan’s other books include The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award.  Together with Brian Turner and Jared Hawkley she edited The Strangers of Theatres” Poets Crossing Borders published by McSweeney’s. She is a recipient of fellowships and awards from Artists Trust, the Fulbright Foundation, and The Times Literary Supplement of London.  Rich’s poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, New England Review, and World Literature Today. The first line of her poem, “Nocturne” appears in this month’s Oprah Magazine.



March 11, 2015


Raúl Sánchez & John Burgess


Raúl Sánchez comes from a place south where the sun shines fiercely. He is a translator currently working on the Spanish version of his inaugural collection "All Our Brown-Skinned Angels," nominated for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He translated the continuation of John Burgess’ "Punk Poems" included in the 2011 edition of "Graffito" by Ravenna Press. He was one of the twelve 2014 Jack Straw Writers. As well as one of the mentors and judges for the 2014 Poetry on Buses Project. Lastly he participated in the TEDx Salon event in Yakima, Wa, October 24, 2014.


John Burgess grew up in Upstate New York, worked on a survey crew in Montana, taught English in Japan and, since 1985, has lived in Seattle, where he works corporate communications for an insurance company. He’s been a featured poet at bookstores, art galleries and coffee shops throughout the Northwest. Ravenna Press publishes his poetry: Punk Poems (2005), A History of Guns in the Family (2008), Graffito (2011), and "by Land…" (2015). He was a 2006 Jack Straw writer; co-founder of the original Burning Word Festival; and the 2008 Words' Worth curator for the Seattle City Council. He's currently editor for the online lit journal Snow Monkey, Board member at Richard Hugo House and co-conspirator with the Band of Poets.




February 11, 2015


Jourdan Keith & Bill Carty 



Jourdan Keith is a TEDx speaker, Hedgebrook, VONA and Jack Straw alum. Seattle’s Poet Populist Emeritus, she has received awards from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Office of Arts and Culture for the choreopoem, The Uterine Files and her memoir Coyote Autumn. Her work appears in the anthologies Dismantle and  Something to Declare. Based on her TEDx Talk, the environmental essay, Human Estuaries, is published in YES! Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Orion magazine’s “Lay of the Land” column. She is the founder and director of Urban Wilderness Project, using arts activism to engage the public in environmental health and social justice actions rooted in social change.



Originally from Maine, Bill Carty was a 2013-14 Poetry Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His chapbook Refugium was published by Alice Blue Books, and his poems have recently appeared (or will soon) in the Boston Review, Oversound, Poetry Northwest, Pleiades, the Volta, Sixth Finch, and other journals. He is edits book reviews for Poetry Northwest, writes about literature for City Arts, and teaches at Hugo House and Edmonds Community College.

January 14, 2015


Michael Schmeltzer & Meghan McClure



Meghan McClure lives in Washington with her husband and three daughters. She is Co-Director of the non-profit, Zimbags, and helps edit A River & Sound Review. Her work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, roger, Superstition Review, Mid-American Review, BluestemExistere: A Journal of Art & LiteratureLA Review, and Floating Bridge Review, among others. 

Michael Schmeltzer earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. His honors include the Gulf Stream Award for Poetry and the Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. He has been a finalist for the Four Way Books Intro and Levis Prizes, Zone 3 Press First Book Prize, as well as the OSU Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. He helps edit A River & Sound Review and has been published in PANK, Rattle, Natural Bridge, and Mid-American Review, among others. 

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