Writers, readers all over Hill as Seattle hosts AWP conference

With “10,000 writers” descending on downtown as Seattle takes its turn playing host to the annual AWP conference, plenty of the literary action will trickle up the Hill. The Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference runs today through Saturday at the Convention Center. The Stranger offers this handy “Guide to AWP for People Who Don’t Know What an AWP Is.” Perhaps more useful is this City Arts “top 10” list of AWP offsite readings around the city — many on Capitol Hill.

A few highlights:

The Breadline Finale
After three years of bringing top-notch interdisciplinary performances to Seattle, the breadline is finally closing up shop. Poets Michelle Peñaloza, Roberto Carlos Ascalon, Arlene Biala, Sarah Heady, and musical guest Oh! Pears will sing the series’ swan song, along with the open mic performers. After all the hugging and toasting, stick around and honor this literary happening in the old fashioned way: by raging out to DJ Windows95.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
1508 11th Ave

A Midnight Triptych
If you’re still kicking after midnight, Colorado Review, Yalobusha Review, and Ahsahta Press are presenting one hell of a literary fourthmeal, with Carmen Gimenez Smith, Matthew Cooperman, Lucy Ives, Danniel Schoonebeek, Gillian Conoley, and C. Violet Eaton. They’ll have booze for sale, but you can BYOB. It’s gonna be a hoot and a howl.

Thursday, Feb. 27 and Friday, Feb. 28  from 12-2 a.m.
Basement of the Spring Street Center Chapel
1101 15th Avenue

The full list is here. If you have a favorite Capitol Hill place to read or write, maybe leave a comment to help inspire some of the visitors. For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill, check out the CHS Calendar.

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