Friday, October 19, 2007

You Don't Wanna Miss It!

After a summer hiatus of barbecues, bocce ball, and a special Pioneer Square reading, “Cheap Wine and Poetry” returns to our usual digs, Richard Hugo House, for our last reading of the year, Thursday November 8th, 7 p.m.

Joining series curator Brian McGuigan on the stage will be poet and performer Rajnii Eddins, fiction writer Chris Leasure, and Ryan Boudinot, author of “The Littlest Hitler.” As always, the ever-effervescent Charla Grenz will host, and the wine is $1/glass. The sub-prime lending crisis hasn’t affected the cheap wine market yet. Open mic sign-up is at the door, but reading slots are limited, so come early to sign-up before the winos build their liquid courage and take all of them.

Since this is our last “Cheap Wine and Poetry” of the year, we have a few holiday surprises under our tree, menorah, kinara, or aluminum pole, for you Festivus celebrators; it is for the rest of us, after all. If you wear your “Cheap Wine and Poetry” t-shirt to the reading, you’ll get a free glass on us. We know how to spread that good, old holiday cheer. Speaking of tees, we’ll be running a holiday special: two “Cheap Wine and Poetry” t-shirts for $25. Get one for you and yours and ensure you’ll look cool and sexy despite the inevitable cheap wine hangover. We also have a raffle in the works (Prizes to be announced.) and perhaps a few other surprises; you’ll have to come for those though.

Hope we’ll see you there.


Ryan Boudinot’s
work has appeared in McSweeney’s, BlackBook, and The Best American Non-Required Reading 2003 and 2005. His collection of short stories, “The Littlest Hitler,” was named one of the best 100 books of 2006 by Publisher’s Weekly.

Rajnii Eddins
is a poet, singer/songwriter, performance artist and teacher. He is the co-founder of an organization called the Poetry Experience, which he initiated with his mother, Randee Eddins, in August of 1998. Rajnii has performed at more than 300 venues including: festivals, theatres, poetry slams, colleges and universities, cafes, bookstores, and a wide variety of schools. Rajnii, as a teacher, works with many at-risk youth from primary grades through high school creating and implementing curriculums that teach non-violence through poetry and spoken word that serve to deconstruct media stereotypes reaffirm self-identity and improve self-esteem.

Chris Leasure publishes fiction under her porn star name, Leslie Anne Leasure, in such fabulous publications as Blood Sisters: Lesbian Vampire Tales, Blithe House Quarterly, and Best Lesbian Love Stories. She has an MFA from some university in the midwest and an excerpt of her experimental novel-in-progress, Solanaceae Gardens, can be found in the current issue of Del Sol Review. Chris works at Hugo House and mocks Brian's cubicle daily.

Brian McGuigan, curator of “Cheap Wine and Poetry,” works at Richard Hugo House and was selected as curator of the Seattle City Council’s Words’ Worth Poetry Series in 2007. Spankstra Press published his chapbook, “More Than I Left Behind” in 2006. Currently, McGuigan is working on a follow-up to his chapbook, a few short stories, and has hopes for developing a one-man show. You can read more about Brian and his work at

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