Saturday, March 26, 2011

April Castalia

Join us for the April installment of Castalia! This month we're delighted to present Pimone Triplett, Bond Huberman, Mia Malholtra, Piper Daniels, and Katherine Eulensen.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5 at 8 pm
WHERE: Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue
Co-Sponsored with Richard Hugo House

As always, we'll have books from current and past readers available for sale. The Hugo House has a lovely cafe with a plethora of beverages, so bring some cash!

More on our readers below:

Pimone Triplett is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Washington. The author of three books of poems, Rumor (2009), The Price of Light (2005) and Ruining the Picture (1998), Pimone Triplett is also coeditor of the essay anthology, Poet's Work, Poet's Play (2008). She has been the recipient of the Levis Poetry Prize and the Hazel Hall Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared many literary journals, including Poetry, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Agni, Yale Review, Triquarterly and New England Review. Frequently appearing in anthologies, her work has been featured in Legitimate Dangers, Contemporary Voices from the East, and New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology.

Bond Huberman grew up in the shadow of a Maxwell House coffee factory in the East End of Houston, Texas. She didn't become a coffee drinker until she moved to Seattle in 2005, where she would enter UW's MFA Creative Writing program as a fiction writer - and come out a journalist. (Because that totally makes sense.) An editor and reporter at City Arts magazine until recently, Bond is now making her way in the wild west of freelance writing and entrepreneurial arts production. As co-founder of the nonprofit organization, The Heroes, she helps produce compelling events that cultivate new audiences for emerging artists' work. Her current projects include reinventing Dada cabaret for modern audiences (Barnstorm), staging a 5K run that is also an art show (NEPO) and writing a comedic play about a world in which homosexual love is the "norm". When she's not procrastinating or collaborating, Bond watches TV and writes creative essays that reveal way too much personal information. Contact her via

Mia Malhotra is a second-year poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. She was raised in Laos and Thailand and, like Elizabeth Bishop, sometimes feels a little "land-sick continent-sick." Unlike Bishop, however, who traveled south from Nova Scotia to Florida to Brazil, she has spent her life moving to progressively colder climates--bringing her here to Seattle for poetry, the MFA, and the company of wonderful friends.

Piper Daniels was born and bred on the outskirts of that now ghostly dystopia, Detroit, Michigan. She received her BA in creative nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago. Piper has served as editorial whipping girl on such publications as Echo Magazine, Columbia Poetry Review, Hotel Amerika, and Nightboat Books. Currently she is an MFA candidate at the University of Washington. A passionate advocate for emerging nonfictive forms, she believes in lyricism, collage, and the Shieldsian way.

Katherine Eulensen is a fine vintage. Born in a good year, still fresh with the flushes of youth, a sensitive palate will detect the traces of various soils in her bearing, presence, and work: her native Brazil, the wilds of Oregon, where she took refuge in later years, and Spain, a place she visited. Like the wines her family has nurtured for generations, Katherine’s poetry is often spare, but always unsparing, earthy in its reflection, and far-reaching in its understanding. Whether meditating on the bonds of familial relationships or terrifying us with portraits of serial killers (a favorite topic), Katherine’s poems never rest on their laurels but delight in vining us in.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

March Castalia Audio

This month we kicked off Castalia with a reading by first year prose writer Cecilia Kiely, who questioned our public bathroom symbols; second year poet Zebulon Huset continued the trend of signage with his poem "Lol No Lifeguard"; second year poet Matt Muth recalled his night on 17th with Oscar; UW alumni Peter Mountford read two passages from his forthcoming novel; and UW faculty member David Shields shared some of his newest works in progress.

February Castalia Audio

First up at this month's Castalia reading was second year poet Rachel Welty, who emulated the catalog poems of William Carlos Williams, among other artful pieces; second year fiction writer Anca Szilagyi read two short pieces, one about a tasty meal of glass; and UW alumni Johnny Horton paid homage to Charlie the Chimp.