Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia Renee’s community events

Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee has a passion for poetry and community. A major goal of her time as Civic Poet is to create safe literary hubs where community members can gather to share and celebrate the plethora of local, historical, and contemporary voices. In 2018 she will be sharing her passion through a number of collaborative and monthly offerings for the community.

Speak to Me! Volume II
January 25, 2016, 7 p.m.
Hugo House
1021 Columbia St,
Seattle, WA 98104

Speak to Me! Series is a FREE intergenerational monthly workshop and reading series showcasing youth poets, poets over 50, emerging, and seasoned poets. The readings will be followed by an optional 30-minute generative writing workshop lead by Anastacia-Renee and guest facilitators.

Pop Up Poets Café
January 26, 2016, 4 p.m.
Fuel Coffee
610 19th Ave. E,
Seattle WA 98112

Pop Up Poets Café, is an informal every other month event where writers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can meet for an informal writers’ workshop.

The Civic Poet Says on, are monthly musings from Anastacia-Renee, featuring a glimpse into her world and the creative conversations she has with people in the community.

To learn more about Anastacia-Renee visit:

Live Wire Radio interview

The Deep End Podcast with Reagan Jackson

Anastacia-Renee is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press), and her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely.

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Join us for Volume I of Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee’s Speak to Me! Series

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
The Black Zone
2301 South Jackson Street, Suite 203
Seattle, WA 98058

Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee begins the Speak to Me! series, a FREE intergenerational monthly workshop and reading series showcasing emerging and seasoned poets. Speak to Me! Volume I will feature readings by Quenton Baker, Jalayna Carter, Robert Francis Flor, and youth poet Kulana P. Hall. The readings will be followed by an optional 30-minute generative writing workshop lead by Anastacia-Renee.

Featured Poets:

Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, Poetry Northwest, The James Franco Review, and Cura and in the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He is a 2017 Jack Straw fellow and is the recipient of a James W. Ray Venture Project award from Artist Trust. His first collection, This Glittering Republic, came out from Willow Books in 2016.

Jalayna Carter is a multimedia storyteller living in Seattle, WA. Currently she writes stories for Habitat for Humanity – Seattle King County about the humanity of their homeowners, how they lead varied and resilient lives and what the impact of having basic needs met (like living in a decent place at a sustainable price) can be. Her work has been published in: Third Point Press2Leaf Press and Fig Root Press with forthcoming pieces in Reality Beach and Puerto del Sol. Her work can be found on her website, or sprinkled between memes and pictures of food on her social media channels: @just.jalayna.

Robert Francis Flor is a Seattle native raised in the city’s Central Area and Rainier Valley. His poems appeared in the Raven Chronicles, Soundings Review, the Field of Mirrors anthology (2008) and Poetry on the Bus.  In 2012, several poems were published in two anthologies Voices of the Asian American Experience by the Univ. of Santa Cruz and “Where Are You From?” the Thymos Book Project.  His chapbook “Alaskero Memories” was published in 2016 by Carayan Press.

Youth poet, Kulana P. Hall is an emerging writer and attends Big Picture High School. This is the first time she’ll be sharing her work with the Seattle community.

Anastacia-Renee is the current Seattle Civic Poet and former 2015-17 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press) and her poetry, prose and fiction have been published widely.

*Book of the Month: The Racial Imaginary, Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind

Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert selected as Seattle’s next Civic Poet

Tolbert will present at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony,
Thursday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.


The Office of Arts & Culture announced Seattle’s next Civic Poet, Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert. She is the former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House, and a workshop facilitator and multivalent performance artist. Three books by the poet/Tolbert, Forget It (Black Radish Books), (V.) (Gramma Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks-Argus Press), are forthcoming in 2017. The Civic Poet program celebrates Seattle’s rich literary community, while investing the future of literary arts through community engagement. The program is administered by the city’s Office of Arts & Culture.

“When poetry takes center stage, tension filled spaces become safe literary hubs where community members can gather to share and celebrate the plethora of local, historical, and contemporary voices,” says Anastacia-Reneé. “I’m excited to forge creative new literary paths that lay beyond the standard expectations of poetry.”

Anastacia-Reneé has received writing fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw, and a writing residency from Ragdale. She is also the author of numerous books: (V.) (Gramma Press), Forget It (Black Radish Books), 26 (Dancing Girl Press), and Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press). Anastacia-Reneé’s creative repertoire includes the field of installation art, as well as writing, producing and directing 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show. Her work has appeared in many publications including Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Revise The Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, Duende, The Volta and Torch.

The two-year Civic Poet post serves as a cultural ambassador for Seattle’s rich, multi-hued literary landscape and represents Seattle’s diverse cultural community. In addition to five annual performances, the Civic Poet will also complete hands-on work with communities to engage constituents city-wide. Seattle’s Civic Poet will serve a term of two years, from August 2017 to August 2019, and will receive a $10,000 stipend distributed over the two-year term.

Photograph by Stanton Stephens.