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WordsWest 33 Reading/ C and P Coffee, Seattle

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C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave. SW, Seattle

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WordsWest Literary Series welcomes writers Dianne Aprile and Melinda Mueller for “Who Tells Her Story?” an evening reading that celebrates women whose stories have been lost or silenced. Too often those personal histories have been edited and told “years later, by men / who had not been there,” as Mueller notes in her poem “Annunciation.”
Melinda Mueller grew up in Montana and Eastern Washington, and has lived in Seattle for 40 years. She majored in botany at the University of Washington, where she also studied poetry with Nelson Bentley. She teaches high school biology, biotechnology and evolution studies at Seattle Academy. Melinda’s most recent poetry collection is Mary’s Dust, and her book What the Ice Gets: Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916 received the Washington State Book Award.
Dianne Aprile has published five creative non-fiction books as well as poetry, most recently this summer in Raven Chronicles. A 17-year member of Spalding University’s MFA-in-Writing faculty and a former jazz-club owner and journalist, she’s collaborated with visual artists on book and gallery projects; received an Artist-Trust-Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writers Residency; and shared a newspaper-team Pulitzer Prize. She’s currently completing a hybrid memoir.

The Favorite Poem Project, a vital part of WordsWest’s monthly literary events, invites a West Seattle community member to share his or her favorite poem. On March 21st, we welcome a favorite poem from neighborhood denizen Glenn Brooks.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw, and this season’s intern/co-curator is Joannie Stangeland. Grant funding from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc. allows WordsWest to pay featured writers for their time and talent. Join us on Facebook at
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