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Release Date: 08/21/2014

Celebrate Seattle's favorite poems with former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

Local luminaries, poets and community members will gather to read and celebrate Seattle's Favorite Poems from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.


The program is free and open to the public. Tickets or reservations are not required. Parking is available in adjacent pay lots. Discounted parking is available in the main Convention Center garage, two blocks north of Town Hall, with voucher obtained from any Town Hall staff. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.


The event will be hosted by KUOW's Marcie Sillman. Community members will read their chosen poems, and featured readers will include former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Seattle poet Heather McHugh; Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton; and Aidan Lang, Seattle Opera's general director.


Initiated in 1999, Seattle's Favorite Poems was inspired by the Favorite Poem Project, Pinsky's initiative as 39th Poet Laureate of the United States. It celebrates poetry's role in the lives of the people of Seattle.


The event is presented by the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library, Hugo House, Poetry Northwest, Seattle Arts & Lectures and Town Hall Seattle. It is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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