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Clerestory Reading Series #1 | Wednesday, April 11


Jay Aquinas Thompson, Anna Vodicka, and Roberto Ascalon

April 11 at 7:00 PM| The Collective (400 Dexter Ave) | Free and Open to the Public


In partnership with The Collective, we are hosting the Clerestory Reading Series, a monthly reading series (the 2nd Wednesday of every month) in the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. For the inaugural event, poet Jay Aquinas Thompson and essayist Anna Vodicka will be sharing new work and raising awareness for the Golf Pencil Group, their long-running volunteer-led creative writing program for women incarcerated at King County Jail. They will be joined by award winning poet and performer Roberto Ascalon.


Jay Aquinas Thompson is a poet, essayist and critic with recent work in Fog Machine, Sprung Formal, Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Berfrois, The Conversant, Kenyon Review Online, THEthe_poetry, and Poetry Northwest, where he's a contributing editor. He has work forthcoming in The Spectacle and COAST|NoCOAST. He lives with his family in Seattle, where he teaches creative writing to incarcerated women.


Anna Vodicka essays and travel writing have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Longreads, Paste, Flash Nonfiction Funny, and Lonely Planet’s An Innocent Abroad. Her writing has been selected for Best Women's Travel Writing, Pushcart Prize Special Mention, The Missouri Review Audio Prize, and Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing notables, in addition to earning residency fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook. She teaches generative workshops at Seattle's Hugo House and in the women's creative writing program at the King County Jail.


NYC born poet Roberto Ascalon teaches poetry across the Northwest. He is a Kundiman Fellow and Jack Straw Fellow. He received the 2013 Rattle Poetry Prize for the poem “The Fire This Time, or, How Come Some Brown Boys Get Blazed Right Before Class And Other Questions Without Marks”. His multi-media poetry has exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum and the Museum of History and Industry. He lives in an old schoolhouse in West Seattle with a baby, a beloved partner, a blackboard and a cat.


For additional information about the reading series, visit or contact Alex Mondau.