3 Days of Poetry

Every two years from 2009-2013, Wave Books hosted a 3 day poetry festival in Seattle, Washington. The first was an introduction of our authors to Seattle, the second a celebration and examination of poetry in translation, and the third a festival of films by, featuring, and about poets. 


3 Days of Poetry: Poetry and Film

February 22-24, 2013
Gallery 1412, Seattle, WA
Tickets at the door, $5-15 sliding scale


Friday, 7pm - 9pm, Poets on Film

(Popcorn provided, BYOB)

Short videos and pop culture clips collected together from private and public archives and including dozens of contemporary poets from Seattle and around the country, along with a special showing of episodes from Public Access Poetry, the New York Poetry Project's 1977 television show, starring John Godfrey, Joanne Kyger, Bernadette Mayer, Eileen Myles, Susie Timmons, Lewis Warsh, and Hannah Wiener.

Saturday, 1pm - 4pm

Videos and out-takes by Richard O. Moore from his 1967 public television series USA: Poetry, featuring John Ashbery, Denise Levertov, Frank O'Hara, Philip Whalen, John Wieners, Robert Duncan, and more.

7pm - 9pm, 16 mm Films 

16mm films by Stan Brakhage, Abraham Ravett, and Jud Yalkut, featuring poets such as John Cage and Larry Eigner.

Sunday, 11am - 2pm

The gallery will be set up as a studio for visitors to star in their own short film. Sign-up for the 15 minute time slots will happen on Friday and Saturday events. Visitors may read their own poem or a poem of their choosing. A collection from the day’s videos will be shown as a preview of the evening feature.

7pm, The Time We Killed, Jennifer Reeves

The Time We Killed is Reeves' debut feature exploring the inner life of a writer unable to leave her New York apartment on the brink of the US invasion of Iraq. Robyn (played by the poet Lisa Jarnot) confronts her growing agoraphobia in this beautifully shot and emotionally compelling portrait of contemporary alienation. Will be shown on 16mm film.



3 Days of Poetry: Poetry in Translation
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
November 4-6, 2011

Readers and presenters from the 2011 festival, 3 Days of Poetry: Poetry in Translation, included Alejandro de Acosta, John Beer, Joshua Beckman, Michael Biggins, Don Mee Choi, Kevin Craft, Zhang Er, Graham Foust, Samuel Frederick, Anthony Geist, Cole Heinowitz, Annie Janusch, Laura Jensen, Giuseppe Leporace, Anthony McCann, Summer Robinson, Sarah Valentine, Alissa Valles, Jonathan Way, Michael Wiegers, Deborah Woodard, Maged Zaher, and Matthew Zapruder. In association with Seattle Arts & Lectures, Peter Cole, Nikolai Popov, and Bill Porter (aka Red Pine) joined together in “Translators on Translating,” a conversation moderated by Matthew Zapruder at the Neptune Theater, the last evening of the festival.

Translators Don Mee Choi and Alejandro de Acosta talk to Melanie Noel and other festival goersTranslator Sarah Valentine reads in the James Turrell Skyspace in the Henry Art Gallery

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3 Days of Poetry
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
August 14-16, 2009

Readers from the first 3 Days of Poetry festival in 2009 included Joshua Beckman, Noelle Kocot, Dorothea Lasky, Anthony McCann, Richard Meier, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Geoffrey Nutter, Matthew Rohrer, Mary Ruefle, Dara Wier, Jon Woodward, Matthew Zapruder, and Rachel Zucker. Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts & Rare Book Curator at the University of Washington, gave a presentation of books from the UW collection. Film screenings featured rare recordings from the San Francisco Poetry Film Archive.

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