Langston Hughes asked America, “What happens to a dream deferred?” On the Wednesday between Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Inauguration Day, join journalist/memoirist Claudia Rowe and writer/performance artist/teacher Anastacia Renee Tolbert as they wrestle with the causes and the consequences of “Dreams Deferred.” Jane Hodges—founder of Mineral School, a writers’ retreat center—will present a Favorite Poem. The evening is partially funded by Poets & Writers.
Claudia Rowe is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones and the Seattle Times, where she is a staff reporter. Her twenty-five year career has been driven by an effort to understand motivation, especially that which appears most extreme. Those questions anchor Claudia’s first book, The Spider and the Fly: a Reporter, a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder, which is forthcoming from HarperCollins at the end of January 2017. A work of literary nonfiction and memoir, The Spider and the Fly explores questions of race, misogyny and the mutual manipulation at the heart of the relationship between a writer and her source.
Anastacia Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jack Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust. She was recently selected as the 2015-16 Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, a place for writers in Seattle. Her Chapbook 26, published by Dancing Girl Press, is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls. Her poetry, & fiction have been published in Literary Orphans, Bitterzoet, Radius Poetry, Seattle Review, Duende, Bone Bouquet, Dressing Room Poetry and many more. Recently Anastacia Renee has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited installations surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. Lately she’s been obsessed with the body’s memory and infatuated by myths, fables & imaginary truths.
Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to guided writing explorations. Each month we also host a community member to share his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.