Anyone who thinks the written word is dead should take a look at Seattle’s literary scene. Not only do we have some of the most intriguing and exciting young writers around, but there also seems to be a steady stream of literary events, readings, poetry pub crawls… the written word isn’t just alive, it’s out on the town and ready to party.

The latest addition to Seattle’s literary calendar is The Furnace, a quarterly series of readings taking place in the Hollow Earth performance space in the Central District. If you think that another reading event sounds less than incendiary, then think again. Not only does The Furnace promise to be an abridgement-free zone, with works being read in full and to completion, but it’s also reaching out beyond the event space into cyberspace. The live performance can, of course, be experienced in person – but if you’re unable to make it along it will also be broadcast online at Hollow Earth Radio. And as if that isn’t enough, audience members will go home with a professionally designed chapbook of the performer’s work.

The series kicks off on August 1st, 2012, with a reading by Seattle native Anca Szilagyi of her story ‘More Like Home Than Home’. The reading will take place 6:00pm-7:00pm, and the event is free and open to the public. The Hollow Earth performance space can be found at 2018 A East Union Street, Seattle. Alternatively, listen in on Hollow Earth Radio.

Follow The Furnace’s blog for future events and further details.

Culture Literary Reading Series 'The Furnace' Gets Fired Up This August