Quenton Baker, Sally Wen Mao, and Rob Schlegel are going to very quietly bring down the house.
Quenton Baker, Sally Wen Mao, and Rob Schlegel are going to very quietly bring down the house. Courtesy of Margin Shift

Margin Shift is a local poetry series whose mission is to provide a platform for emerging and established poets from around and outside of town. The organizers are a collective of local, academic poets, including Jane Wong and Stranger Genius Maged Zaher, among others, but, true to their name, the members are constantly shifting around.

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Also true to their name, the readings shift from place to place like some kind of poetry brigadoon. Tonight, the reading will be held at 7 p.m. at Common AREA Maintenance, a new space in Belltown.

The collective tries their best to champion writers whose work and/or bodies have been marginalized by mainstream culture and also by the poetry world itself. Tonight's lineup includes Quenton Baker (Seattle), Sally Wen Mao (NYC), and Rob Schlegel (Walla Walla).

Quenton Baker's a Made at Hugo House fellow this year, and he's working on a book about the slave revolt on the Creole. In her book Mad Honey Symposium, Sally Wen Mao writes a lot about the honey badger. Tonally, her poetry, like the animal, is cutting, fierce, and challenging, but her intense images draw you into the poem and keep you there. Rob Schlegel is the author most recently of January Machine. His poems always put me in a meditative mood, but not oppressively so. They're often clean and quiet, like walking through a forest while wearing a light jacket.