Castalia Reading at Richard Hugo House


Castalia rocked Richard Hugo House on Tuesday, April 3rd. Listen to me read from my novel Subduction by clicking here and choosing “Kristen Young” from the list. I also recommend listening to Jean Burnet and Elizabeth Colen.
The Castalia Reading series features a night of poetry and prose by students, faculty and alumni of the creative writing MFA program at the University of Washington. Here’s the event listing from Castalia organizer and UW colleague Valerie Arvidson, who also designed the poster:


April may be the cruelest month, but you can mitigate the misery by coming to Castalia TONIGHT! This month we have a stellar lineup that features first year poets Katie Hoffman and Elizabeth Colen and first year prose writer Elizabeth Weinberg. The second year prose writers will be represented by the lovely and mysterious Jean Burnet and the sage and beautiful Kristen Young. We are proud to feature Linda Bierds as this month’s faculty poet. Bierds has published many collections including Flights of the Harvest Mare, Heart and Perimeter, The Ghost Trio, The Seconds, First Hand, and most recently Flight: New and Selected Poems. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a MacArthur Genius Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts among others. We are excited and happy to have her in the Castalia series this month. Tues. May 1st is the last Castalia reading of the academic year, so we hope to see you all come out next month too to hear Brian Reed, Heather McHugh, and student writers Kori Linn, Calvin Pierce, Meredith Ridings and Bea Chang!

Meanwhile, for your enjoyment:

Songs from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

“Queen Alice”

To the Looking-Glass world it was Alice that said,
“I’ve a sceptre in hand, I’ve a crown on my head;
Let the Looking-Glass creatures, whatever they be,
Come and dine with the Red Queen, the White Queen, and me!”Then fill up the glasses as quick as you can,
And sprinkle the table with buttons and bran:
Put cats in the coffee, and mice in the tea—
And welcome Queen Alice with thirty-times-three!“Oh, Looking-Glass creatures,” quoth Alice, “draw near!
‘Tis an honour to see me, a favour to hear:
‘Tis a privilege high to have dinner and tea
Along with the Red Queen, the White Queen, and me!”Then fill up the glasses with treacle and ink,
Or anything else that is pleasant to drink;
Mix sand with the cider, and wool with the wine—
And welcome Queen Alice with ninety-times-nine!

© 2013 Kristen Millares Young.