Ellen Welcker

CALENDAR/EVENTS

  • November 28, 2018: reading with Thom Caraway, Jerry White, and Mark Anderson for Futurewise’s “This Land is Your Land” celebration/protest event. Music by Big Red Barn.

  • October 28, 2018: reading in celebration of Kate Lebo's "7 Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rogers," The Bartlett, Spokane, WA 4pm.

  • October 20, 2018: Literary Spelling Bee at the downtown Spokane Public Library, 7pm.

  • October 8, 2018: reading in celebration of Laura Read's book launch for Dresses from the Old Country, The Bartlett, Spokane, WA, 7pm.

  • September 29, 2018: "Creative Collaboration & Creative Community" panel at Montana Book Festival, Missoula, MT.

  • September 28, 2018: "Writers Under the Influence" panel, Montana Book Festival, Missoula, MT.

  • August 5, 2018: reading with Rachel Mindell at Montgomery Distillery, Missoula, MT, details TBA.

  • June 15, 2018: performance & reading with Madeline McNeill, Open Books, Seattle, WA, 7pm.

  • June 6, 2018: screening of "The Pink Tablet" documentary by Kendra Ann Sherrill, along with the films of six filmmakers across WA state for the Fly Filmmaking Challenge. SIFF Cinema Uptown, Seattle, WA, 3:30pm.

  • May 28, 2018: screening of "The Pink Tablet" documentary by Kendra Ann Sherrill, along with the films of six filmmakers across WA state for the Fly Filmmaking Challenge. SIFF Cinema Uptown, Seattle, WA, 3:30pm.

  • May 17, 2018: reading as part of Crab Creek Review & Lilac City Fairy Tales's spring issue launch. Spark Central, Spokane, WA, 7pm.

  • April 28, 2018: guest artist at the Great Spokane Art Party, Community Building, 201 Main Street, Spokane, 6:30-10:30pm. Tickets here.

  • April 27, 2018: panelist on Financial Lives of Writers, Get Lit! EWU Cheney - JFK Library, Cheney, WA, 9-10am,.

  • April 24, 2018 reading as part of Starstruck: a poetry reading & community book project at Spark Central. Spokane, WA, 7pm.

  • February 10, 2018: The Pink Tablet: a Performance (see below for details). CMTV Spokane, 3pm.

  • February 9, 2018: The Pink Tablet: a Performance. Featuring Madeline McNeill, Rebecca Chadwell, Elise Divens, Darrien Mack, DaShawn Bedford, Maya Jewell Zeller, Zoey McCall-Smith, Nerma Sultanic, Emma Butterworth, Emily Willet, Elle McSharry, Liz Rognes, Kirsten Angell, Erika Prins Simonds, & Ellicia Jones. CMTV Spokane, 7:30pm.

    • The Pink Tablet is a feral opera--part play, part dance, and five original choral compositions based on Ellen Welcker's poems of the same name. This performance is concerned with the mutability of borders and boundaries real and imagined, imposed and inherent. It wanders a labyrinth of wilderness and femaleness, wherein (like the fairytales it echoes) adults are incapable, unwilling or averse to protecting children—girl children in particular—from the dangers they face by fact of their own existence in the world. Confronted with various modes of aggression, the girls lay claims with a shape-shifting ferocity. But the bodies they become are no safer vessels. Hunted, scapegoated, trapped, and loathed, the complexity we are exploring is the fact of being a being—how in so many small ways we open to and guard against the world in all its shimmering terror and beauty. This idea of what we are, what forms our self-conceptions, and how we move through the natural world within and often outside of these containers (built by language and culture and influenced by racism, sexism, economics and other power hierarchies, and often excluding—and to the detriment of—ecology and non-human beings) is the unanswered question in this work. We believe in complexity, unanswerability, and interconnectedness. We also believe that artistic endeavors that are anti-moralistic and not easily categorized are vital to this time of oversimplification, misidentification, micro-aggression and erasure. Here's what The Inlander and The Spokesman Review have to say about it.

  • December 21, 2017: book signing for Spokane Writes, a Spokane, WA anthology benefitting the Spokane County Library District. 2-3pm.

  • November 27, 2017: reading for WA 129, a Washington State poetry anthology. Wolff Auditorium, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. 7pm.

  • November 9, 2017: reading with Maya Jewell Zeller at Open Books: a Poem Emporium. 2414 N 45th St., Seattle, WA.

  • November 4, 2017: reading for Spokane Country Library District's 75th anniversary party & anthology release. North Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd, Spokane WA. 6:30pm.

  • October 19, 2017: reading with Sarah Maria Médina & JM Miller for Poetry Northwest, for Lit Crawl Seattle. Ollie Quinn, 910 E Pike Street, Seattle WA. 6pm.