Go Travis

The one, and probably only, Travis Nichols just got a story published in The Stranger.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Travis was the manager of the Poetry Bus Tour which was the biggest poetry event in the US since… maybe since poetry has been written in the US (note: poet Travis Nichols is not to be confused with the Health & Safety Leader for Bakery Chef, Inc who testified before the US House Subcommittee on Worker Protections). Beyond his management of the tour he is also a great person and a great writer.

The Stranger is the hip, though sometimes questionable, newspaper of Seattle (note: the newspaper The Stranger is not to be confused with Albert Camus’ famous french novel). A lot of people in Seattle read the Stranger and if they read Travis’ piece I am sure they will be a better person for it by no less than 2.7 percent (or as Albert C. would say “2,7 pour cent“).

Just in case anyone missed the link the first time— read Travis’ article.


Goodbye Poetry Bus

On Friday I saw the end of what I saw the beginning of. Or put in a nicer way, I saw the last Poetry Bus reading. It was great! The reading was in two parts, the first being a subscriber event (to thank them for their financial support which makes things like the bus tour possible) and the second was open to the greater public. The first reading was shorter and featured the much appreciated open bar, the second reading was longer and featured the much despised cash bar. But that didn’t ruin my fun by even 0.5%

The space needle has two levels, the top one is the one where you are in the disk-looking thing that is visible in the skyline all over the Seattle. The second level is about a third of the way up and while not nearly as high has amazing views nonetheless. Imagine walking out of an elevator and looking out over the bay just as the orange sun is finally falling below the very distant mountains. Beautiful oranges and reds reflecting off the water, the buildings all silhouetted with tiny glowing windows. Mountains in the distance looking almost like ghosts. It was a very nice sight.

The readings happened well after the sun had set but (thanks to light pollution, which is a mixed blessing) there was still a view. It was wonderful to hear all these great poems and have these sox-knocking views all at the same time.

The readers were amazing, I really can’t say anymore than that. Afterwards people hung out on the bus and it was also very great. Bill, the bus driver, played blues on his guitar as people hung out— he also read at the space needle. Apparently Bill’s become a poet himself. That is what I think the poetry bus is all about.

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seattle, whatnot

The Poetry Bus

I arrived in Seattle on Sept 3rd. The Poetry Bus kicked off its 50 day 50 city tour on Sept 4th. My friend Travis departed Seattle on Sept 5th.

poetry bus setup on launch dayThe launch was at Bumbershoot in Seattle right by the Space Needle. It was an amazing day even though my brain was crazy with sleep deprivation. From noon until 4:30pm, every 30 minutes a different poet read for about 15 minutes. The bus was full for every reading, more impressive is that those filling the bus weren’t just poets, at least half the crowd for each reading was just walking by and got interested. It is just great to see people who don’t think about poetry everyday go and listen and enjoy poetry. Anyway, the Poetry Bus is in full swing now and folks should check out the website, not because I designed it, but because there is great content on it.