Reading in Seattle

Join me in Seattle on Thursday, April 19th at 7pm for Margin Shift, a monthly reading series held at  Common Area Maintenance (2125 2nd Ave).
This month's lineup:

A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, Robert Lashley has had poems published in Feminete, Seattle Review Of Books, NAILED, GRAMMA, and The Cascadia Review. He has also had poems published in such anthologies as It Was Written, and Many Trails To The Summit. His first full-length book: The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014. His new book, Up South, was published in March of 2017.

Seattle transplant, Jalayna Carter, is an emerging storyteller from St. Louis, MO. Her work is born of the tradition set by the Black Arts Movement through the lens of Poetry of Witness, which seems to fit the times. It is just as much the result of a love of science-fiction and the re-imagining of personal history. She studied literature and journalism in the Midwest and from there developed an interest in interdisciplinary media. A 2018 Jack Straw Writer's Program fellow, she explores Immersive Poetry focusing on sensory stimulation through technology. She's had pieces published by Third Point Press, Reality Beach, Puerto Del Sol and 2Leaf Press in the Anthology, "Black Lives Have Always Mattered". You can find her on IG (@just.jalayna) and Twitter (@just_jalayna) talking about her plant babies. You can find more of her work at

Carol Guess is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. A frequent collaborator, she has co-authored several books, including The Reckless Remainder and With Animal (both with Kelly Magee). In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. She teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.

Sarah María Medina is a poet and a fiction/creative non-fiction writer from the American Northwest. Her writing has been published in Black Warrior Review, Poetry Northwest, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Prelude, Split This Rock, Raspa Literary Journal, and elsewhere. Her work is also found in anthologies: Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018), and Bettering American Poetry Vol. 2. She is an ARTIST UP Grant LAB recipient, a Jack Straw Writer, and a Caldera Artist in Residence. Medina is mestiza/ Puertorriqueña/ (The United Confederation of Taíno People). She is at work on several projects.
Photo by Cisco Dietz

Born in Northeast Ohio, Alexander Moysaenko attended universities in Chicago before moving to Seattle. He works at Open Books: A Poem Emporium and as a freelance copyeditor.