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Tag: Poet Populist

Poetry on Buses

November 3rd, 2014

The next time you’re crammed into an overcrowded bus, there may be poetry on board to help pass the time.


Urban Politics #261: Poet Populist & Saving Art in Neighborhoods

September 25th, 2008

Last year, I attended an extraordinary meeting at the Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC – recently replaced by Velocity Dance) on the issue of lost arts space on Capitol Hill. The event that triggered the meeting was the sale of a long-time arts bastion there, Odd Fellows Hall, which resulted in many arts and cultural groups losing the inexpensive space that had kept them active, some for decades. Over 200 people jammed into CHAC that night to voice concern and outrage. I later invited the organizers of that CHAC meeting to suggest a remedy. They proposed an arts overlay district. Thus, CODAC was formed by me and Councilmember Sally Clark.


Urban Politics #238: Poet Populist Voting Ends August 15th

August 9th, 2007

Who says art and democracy do not mix? Sixteen poets are candidates for the Seattle Poet Populist election happening right now. This marks the seventh election in the city-wide arts program. Polls are now open at Vote! And, if you have no idea who to vote for, you should soon be able to watch each candidate’s recent performance at the Central Library and at Richard Hugo House on our web site, here: Type the words ‘poet populist’ in the ‘Video Search’ box toward the bottom of the page.


Urban Politics #218: The 2006-2007 Seattle Poet Populist

August 3rd, 2006

It’s summer in Seattle, which means it’s time once again for the Seattle Poet Populist Election. Seattle residents can vote until August 21st for their favorite Seattle poet to be crowned the 2006-2007 Seattle Poet Populist. Go to to cast your e-vote. As with any Seattle election, only Seattle residents are allowed to vote. In order to ensure legitimate candidates, Seattle’s literary organizations and curators were invited to submit nominations. The one candidate receiving the most votes wins and takes ‘office’ as the official Poet Populist of Seattle. The winner receives a $500 cash award from One Reel, the producers of Bumbershoot.


Urban Politics #197: Seattle’s Poet Populist

May 20th, 2005

The 2nd College Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary defines a laureate as one who receives highest honors. Poet Laureates are traditionally hand-picked by Governors, Mayors, or Kings. A Poet Populist, in contrast to being anointed by someone of authority, is made official by a popular vote of the people.

Seattle’s Poet Populist is expected to represent and promote the principals of populist poetic expression throughout our Seattle when performing during his or her one-year term. One original poem will be commissioned of the Poet Populist.


Urban Politics #128: Vote For Seattle’S Poet Populist

April 1st, 2002

There are ONLY 4 days left for Open 2002 Poet Populist nominations! A number of nominations have already been received and it is a great sign of our local talent pool, but more nominations in order for a handful of poets to “stand out in the crowd.”


Urban Politics #104: Pioneer Square Tour

March 31st, 2001

Recent events in the Pioneer Square Historic District have turned Seattle’s oldest neighborhood inside out. Between Mardi Gras and the Nisqually Quake, this community of artists, small retail establishments and restaurants, residents, and music venues is struggling to maintain its vitality in the face of destruction.


Urban Politics #80: Seattle Neighborhood Arts Celebration

January 9th, 2000

Last year, I initiated a City-wide celebration intended to honor the many artists and arts groups working to enhance their communities. On February 13, 1999, 25 performers and performance groups, along with 14 exhibiting organizations, persented their work at the Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall downtown. Bernard Harris, Jr., was elected Poet Populist in Seattle’s first such election.


Urban Politics #60: Multilaterial Agreement On Investment (MAI)

April 12th, 1999

At Monday’s (4/12/99) Full City Council Meeting, the Council passed Resolution #29926 that I sponsored along with Peter Steinbrueck and Richard Conlin by a vote of 8-0. The Resolution expresses Seattle’s concern with provisions in the MAI that could restrict the City’s ability to regulate the activities of individuals or corporations impacting land uses, labor practices and the environment.


Urban Politics #56: The Parks Dept & Citizen Involvement

January 24th, 1999

There will be 3 Public Workshops to help the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation revise its Public Involvement Policy. These meetings were set up under the auspices of City Council Parks Citizen Participation Resolution 29845, which I sponsored in response to citizen complaints that I had received regarding the Parks Departments development plans for some neighborhood parks.