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Saturday, October 28 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Timber Curtain

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Timber Curtain: In which a Victorian House is torn down and a poem goes up in its place; in which we read from a new book and screen clips from a new documentary film that goes with the book; in which poetry is depicted as a flimsy architecture subject to renovation and exploration.

Two and a half years ago, news broke that the Pacific Northwest building boom would claim the old Victorian that housed a beloved literary center—Richard Hugo House. In response, Hugo House co-founder Frances McCue launched the documentary Where the House Was, the narration for which became the poetry collection Timber Curtain (Chin Music Press, 2017). Join McCue for selections from the forthcoming film, speculations about ghosts, and renditions of “facademies,” the practice of inserting a new building into the facade of an old one. McCue reproduces this in poetic form and will show visuals to accompany her reading.


Frances McCue

Poet, Essayist, Chin Music Press
Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. From 1996-2006, she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. In 2011, McCue became the first writer to win the Washington State Book Award for one book (The Bled, a poetry collection from Factory Hollow... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 117 Hannon Library First Floor

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