Haines Whitacre with Conner Roberts, Shelby Handler, and nanya jhingran — Haptic Verses

An evening of poetry at our Ravenna store!

Third Place Books is pleased to welcome local poet Haines Whitacre to our Ravenna store in celebration of their new chapbook Haptic Verses: In Imaging Vessels, poems of estuaries, syntax runoffs, trans pleasure and the haptic self. The chapbook looks to supply-chain systems, industrial shipping technologies, militarized waterways, and manufactured landscapes to imagine how lyric and language might recover from these sites of empire an erotic sense of the interconnected value of life. 

The night's program will also feature readings from local poets Conner Roberts, Shelby Handler, and nanya jhingran. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of Haptic Verses will be available for purchase at the store on the night of the event only. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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Haines Whitacre is a poet and teacher living in unceded Duwamish land. She holds an MFA from University of Washington and is the author of Haptic Verse: In Imaging Vessels (Burnside Review), Accounts of Wreckage (Winter Texts) and Ali Mapu (Edipos Editorial). Her work has long been nourished by two waterways—the Chesapeake Bay and the Salish sea—and the many musics along their shores.

nanya jhingran is a poet, scholar & teacher from Lucknow, India currently living by the coastal margin of the Salish Sea, on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish People (upon which the city of Seattle was built). She is an Associate Editor at Poetry Northwest where she edits the book reviews section. Her recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Moss Lit, Seventh Wave, Poetry Northwest, and Honey Literary, among others.

Shelby Handler is a writer, organizer and educator living in Seattle on Duwamish land. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, PANK Magazine, Poetry Northwest, The Journal, Sugar House Review, among others. 

Conner Bouchard-Roberts is a Pacific Northwestern author, bartender, gardener, and publisher from Qatáy/Port Townsend, WA. Winter texts is his publishing practice, and the Green Room is his bookshop and bar. He has worked with writers of all types as an editor, collaborator, designer, and publisher. @winter_texts


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