It's the third week of an artist residency in Seattle with fiction writer Susan Kim Campbell. The residency is the gift of a private donor who offered use of a beautiful Tudor Home in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. The word "gift" is an understatement. There is no word to match the treasure of watching the sunrise over Lake Washington. Or use of a stunning home with writing nooks everywhere.
Between Susan working on her subtle, smart, and uncannily funny fiction, and my putting the final touches on a poetry manuscript slated for publication in the fall, we've taken small breaks to enjoy the many literary pleasures Seattle offers. Below is a sampling of the places we've visited so far, in some cases, joining Seattle poet Tina Schumann.
I still miss the original Elliott Bay in Pioneer Square, but this building on Capital Hill is pretty darn enticing. (Btw, saw a sign today telling people it's Capital Hill, not Cap Hill. Thank you!)
Little Oddfellows in Elliott Bay is great, but the Oddfellows restaurant next door? Far better!
Going to Amazon Books after the Elliott Bay Book Company is an experience in glass and steel.
The Amazon store faces every title toward the customer, and includes short descriptions to entice readers more.
Susan Kim Campbell smiling between readers at Hugo House's last open mic.
Fernando reading poetry that celebrates the dishwasher.
Attending "Works in Progress," the last open mic at Hugo House before the big demolition. Photo by Susan Kim Campbell.
Hugo House will never be the same, but the spirit of literature in Seattle lives on.
Reading sad goodbyes on the walls of Hugo House, including the tears of friend and poet Michelle Penaloza.
Susan Kim Campbell capturing images of Hugo House at the last open mic.
Tina Schumann picking up the latest issue of Crab Creek Review at Open Books.
The Ray's Boathouse sign, a beacon for seafood lovers coming from land or water.
With Susan Kim Campbell and Tina Schumann at Ray's Boathouse in Shilshole Bay.
Tina Schumann & Susan Kim Campbell at the Ballard Locks.