5/10: Reading with Sarah Ghazal Ali, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Joyce Chen, Jane Wong, & Rachel Edelman

Join us at the bookstore on May 10th at 7pm for poetry readings by Sarah Ghazal Ali, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Joyce Chen, Jane Wong, and Rachel Edelman!

Sarah Ghazal Ali is the author of Theophanies, (Alice James Books, 2024). A Stadler Fellow, Tin House resident, and recipient of The Sewanee Review poetry prize, her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, and other publications. She is the poetry editor for West Branch and lives in the Bay Area, California. 
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is a poet, essayist, and translator. Her heritage is Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian and she is fluent in Arabic and English. She is the author of three books of poetry, Water & Salt (Red Hen Press), winner of the 2018 Washington State Book Award for Poetry, Kaan and Her Sisters (Trio House Press, July 2023), and Something About Living, winner of the 2022 Akron Prize for Poetry, forthcoming from University of Akron Press, 2024.
Joyce Chen is a writer, editor, and community builder who draws inspiration from many coastal cities. She is the current Hugo House writer-in-residence, and was a 2019-2020 Hugo House Fellow. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone, Poets & Writers, Lit Hub, Narratively, and Slant’d, among others, and she contributes book reviews to Orion and Hyphen magazines. She has received support through Hugo House, VONA, Tin House, Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum and is the executive director of The Seventh Wave, an arts and literary nonprofit that champions art in the space of social issues.

Jane Wong is the author of the memoir Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City (Tin House, 2023). She also wrote two poetry collections: How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, Ucross, Loghaven, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and others. She grew up in a take-out restaurant on the Jersey shore and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

Rachel Edelman is a Jewish poet raised in Memphis, Tennessee who writes into diasporic living. Her debut collection of poems, Dear Memphis, was published by River River Books in 2024. Their poems have appeared in NarrativeThe Seventh WaveThe Threepenny ReviewWest Branch, and many other publications. A recipient of a 2024 Seattle CityArtist grant, she teaches Language Arts in the Seattle Public Schools, where embodiment and care root her personal, poetic, and pedagogical practice.