Brandon Pitts, Tsunami Books

Brandon Pitts at Tsunami Books Eugene OR.
Photo by David Arthur

After a max capacity crowd at Seattle’s Wedgwood Ale House, I headed down to Eugene Oregon with the legendary Everett Washington poet, Duane Kirby-Jensen for “Poetry for the People” at Tsunami Books. Duane, who is the recipient of last year’s Mayor’s Award for the Arts in Everett is not only an amazing poet, but a fine visual artist as well. You can check out what he does here: http://www.artofduanekirbyjensen.com/

Duane Kirby Jensen, Tsunami Books

Photo by David Arthur

Not only did we get a fabulous response but we got the privilege of reading our poetry at Eugene’s literary “ground zero.” Tsunami Books is a fantastic place with a framed handwritten poem from Gary Snyder on the wall and hardback copies of “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” by Ken Kesey, signed by Ken Babbs, who frequents the place weekly — or so the legend goes.

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kesey, Ken Babbs, Tsunami Books

This fantastic reading series is hosted by an amazing poet named Roy R. Seitz, who’s written a gripping chapbook of poems about being a Vietnam War sniper titled, “Right Here, Right Now.” I highly recommend it.

Tsunami Books

Tsunami Books

Thank you Eugene, Roy R. Seitz, and Tsunami Books,

Brandon