Since December of 2021, MFA alum Emily J. Mundy (MFA 2022) has been curating a quarterly performance and workshop series, The Poetry Séance. The performances (occurring in winter and summer) feature a shifting roster of poets, literary artists, and musicians from the Pacific Northwest; the workshops (occurring in spring and autumn) are designed and led by Emily and are always open to the public. She is delighted to share that the third show in this series will feature her fellow MFA alum, Amy Hirayama (MFA 2022), Seattle-based poet Sullivan Forderhase, Portland-based poet Eryn Berg, and musician Ran Park at The Rabbit Box Theatre in Pike Place Market at 6pm on Sunday, February 5th. Tickets will be available at the door on a sliding scale from $10-25.
The idea for this series came to Emily in a dream in which she wrote “the poetry séance” on a post-it note and stuck it to the window above her writing desk. Though the post-it note remained a phantom of her subconscious, the phrase itself manifested into, as she likes to put it, “real voices in a real room.” Emily’s ongoing vision is to create ever-evolving, intimate, and connective experiences in which both audiences and artists can share in the space of poetry, constructed collectively. Each event is curated specially, with thoughtfulness around how the artists’ work is in conversation and with curiosity around how this community can change and grow. She is driven by her deep belief in poetry as a force that “heals, transforms, and illuminates.”
Emily is excited to hear from anyone who wants to be involved in this ongoing series, whether your interest is in performing, workshopping, attending, or supporting. You can find more information about The Poetry Séance, be added to her mailing list, and contact her through her Instagram @emily_j_mundy.