Rob Carney and Scott Poole

An evening of newsworthy and humorous poems by 2019 Washington State Book Award finalist Rob Carney and former House Poet of NPRs Live Wire!, Scott Poole.

Rob’s The Book of Sharks is a finalist for the Washington Book Award.

Scott will be selling a special limited edition of an art book of 20 poems and 20 original paintings.

Rob Carney is originally from the northwest (Puyallup, Tacoma, Spokane) and now lives in Salt Lake City. He is the author of five books, most recently The Book of Sharks (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), which is a finalist for this year’s Washington State Book Award for Poetry (winner to be announced Saturday Oct. 12, so think good thoughts, please). His collection 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2015) was also named a finalist for the WSBA.

Carney’s new origin stories, fables, fractured fairy tales, prose-poems, poem-poems, and literary uppercuts to the stupid chin of injustice have appeared in Blue Earth Review, Cave Wall, Columbia Journal, Poetry Northwest, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, and many others. A podcast of his show last spring for The Write Question (Montana Public Radio and PRX) can be heard here https://www.mtpr.org/post/book-sharks-rob-carney or here https://beta.prx.org/stories/278272.

Scott Poole is best know for his 11 year stint on the national public radio show Live Wire!. He is the author of three books of poetry and a forthcoming book with Rob Carney from Portland’s Unsolicited Press. He lives in the ‘Couv but is cool enough to read in Portland without getting beat up.

The Adoption – David Schein

Join us for a reading from The Adoption, the newest work from David Schein.

An international coming of age story in a world where borders are collapsing and Ethiopian children beg pennies from eco-tourists to use at internet cafés to FB their cousins in Las Vegas. Tracking the coming of age of brothers and sisters, friends and cousins across the cultural divide, and set in Ethiopia, Chicago, Dubai, and China through twenty years of the most rapid development Africa has ever known, The Adoption is contemporary and international, tracking the lives of kids growing up today in tomorrow’s world.

Writer? Composer? Actor? Performance Artist? Social Change Artist? David Schein is hard to pin down. He attended the Undergraduate Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa where he lived next door to Ted Berrigan (neither of them ever went to class). He cofounded Berkeley’s The Blake Street Hawkeyes, won Hollywood Dramalog and Bay Area Critic’s Circle Awards for Playwriting and Musical Composition for his opera TOKENS: A PLAY ON THE PLAGUE, which he produced in the Bay Area at the height of the AIDS epidemic. He wrote for and performed with Whoopi Goldberg and is the author of various plays, poems, songs musicals and sound-pieces He lived in Tjuana with Guillermo Gomez Pena, wrote cartoon development for Hannah-Barbera, and directed Chicago’s Free Street Theater where he facilitated jobs programs for teens in writing and theater in Chicago Schools and Parks. He cofounded the One Love HIV/AIDS Awareness Theater in Hawassa Ethiopia with the children of Debub Nigat Circus and served as Executive Director of the Arts Council for Chautauqua County(NY). His ascendence to the pantheon of unclassifiable Literati was secured when he worked as the Classified Advertising Manager at the NY Review of Books and one day stood in front of a urinal next to Václav Havel.