National Poetry Month at Open Books!

Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Seattle’s beloved poetry-only bookstore, has been celebrating National Poetry Month like mad all April. If you’ve missed the first three weeks of contests, prompts, parties, and displays, you have one more week – and so many ways – to celebrate National Poetry Month alongside them and to support this local, independent treasure.

Here’s a taste of what they’ve got going on. . .


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WITS on Display: The Broadsides Project, an annually produced collection of poems from SAL’s Writers in the Schools students at Seattle Children’s Hospital, produced in beautiful, limited-edition art by letterpress artists at the School of Visual Concepts, will be hanging inside Open Books.

A 15% discount for students and teachers: For the rest of the month of April, students and teachers, including K-12 and college level, receive a 15% discount on their poetry purchases.

Saturday, April 29, Independent Bookstore Day: Open Books is featuring extended hours, from 10 AM – 7 PM, and will be serving up poetry-inspired snacks.

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Mount Analogue Display: Open Books is featuring a display of erasures in collaboration with local press Mount Analogue, which started on April 7.

Thursday, April 27, Poem in Your Pocket Day: Open Books will be handing out specially designed pocket poems to visitors of the store, featuring work from SAL’s Writers in the Schools poets. They’re also joining Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna to host a reading at El Centro de la Raza at 1:30 PM.

Prompt of the Week: An in-store poetry prompt will be featured this Tuesday, April 25th.

Friday 5 o’clock Listening Parties: On Friday, April 28th, Open Books will play recordings of poets reading their work during a listening party.

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Poetry Mic Check: Throughout the remainder of the month, Open Books will occasionally tweet photos of a book from their shelves; the first person to respond with a photo of the same book from their own shelf at home gets a $5 in-store credit.


Happy National Poetry Month to all of our readers! To keep on top of Open Books’ events and offers, follow them on Twitter and Facebook, and take a look at their website.

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