|Sierra Nelson in Rome 2010 - Photo by Rebecca Hoogs|
ALMOST BREAKFAST ANYTIME You said, “It makes you wonder,” And I knew just what you meant. The waitress had a shiner. You had one more cigarette. Someone said, “In Wichita,” And the guy in the kitchen laughed. The toast had extra butter. I stacked the half-n-halfs. Plate of pancakes, plate of eggs, Water, coffee, poured in rounds. You had a watch but we’d lost track – “Why don’t we skip town?” But we did nothing of the kind. Cherry. Jelly. Valentine.
When I know I'm going to see new work by Sierra, I'm delighted, because I can't predict what it will be like - her work is always fresh, full of heart but not sentimental, always slightly quirky. And she has energy to spare: She writes for the Kenyon Review blog, she co-founded the performance groups The Typing Explosion and The Vis-a-Vis Society (video link - not to be missed) and she teaches classes in creative writing - if you live in the Seattle area you should not miss opportunities to hear her read or to study with her. Here are links to some upcoming events and classes:
Fall Course at Hugo House:"Exploring the Esoteric: Borrowing from Everything to Write New Work"
Performance at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival with Vis-a-Vis.
Reading for the PLOP Literary Series. Note from Sierra: "Free delicious pie"!
Oh - one more accomplishment worth mentioning: Sierra is one of the organizers of the Seattle Cephalopod Appreciation Society. Just what it sounds like. They work to increase the appreciation of squid, octopuses, chambered nautiluses and cuttlefish. Their last meeting was on June 13th, but I'm sure they'll have another in the fall - definitely attend. These are occasions for cephalopod-themed celebration - recitations, songs, and (sometimes slightly eerie) octopus movies.
|Sierra Lighting a Candle in Rome 2010 - Photo by Rebecca Hoogs|