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Reading, Conversation/Interview, Mainstage

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  • Date: April 4
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm PT
  • Location: Lapis Theater
    1634 11th Ave.
  • Public Price: $25.00
  • Member Price: $20.00
  • Student Price: $15.00

An Evening with Mathias Svalina

Join us in welcoming Mathias Svalina, interdisciplinary poet and creator of the Dream Delivery Service! Mathias will give a reading from his collection of work, followed by a conversation with Serena Chopra. There will also be open Q&A session with the audience, where guests are welcome to engage with questions on craft and the writing life. Books, provided by Elliott Bay Book Company, will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

PLUS, don't miss Mathias Svalina's class, Dreaming the Self, on Friday, April 5!

The House bar will be open to serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina is the author of seven books, most recently America at Play, a collection of absurdist instructions for children's games published by Trident Books. His latest poetry collection, Thank You Terror, is forthcoming in winter of 2024, & his first short story collection, Comedy, will be published later in 2024. Svalina was a founding editor of Octopus Books & has led writing workshops in universities, libraries, community spaces, & in prison. Since 2014 he has run a dream delivery service, traveling around the country to write & deliver dreams to subscribers. With the Dream Delivery Service, he has worked with the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, the Poetry Foundation, & the University of Arizona Poetry Center, & has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition & the BBC World News. 

Serena Chopra

Serena Chopra

Serena Chopra is a writer, dancer, filmmaker and a visual and performance artist. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and is a MacDowell Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow, a RedLine Artist In-Residence and a Fulbright Scholar (Bangalore, India). Her third book, Dayawati, Of Mercy, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2026. She has two films, Dogana/Chapti (2019, Official Selection at Frameline43 and Seattle Queer Film Festival) and Mother Ghosting (2018). She was a featured artist in Harper's Bazaar (India), Revry, as well as in the Denver Westword’s “100 Colorado Creatives.” She has recent publications with The Academy of American Poets, Burrow Press Review, Sink, Foglifter, and the anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 (Washington State Book Award, 2021). She also has critical essays in Matters of Feminist Practice (Belladonna Collective, 2019), Rehearsing Racial Equity: A Critical Anthology on Anti-Racism and Repair in the Arts (Amherst College Press, forthcoming 2024) and in the republication of Judy Grahn’s The Highest Apple: Sappho and the Lesbian Poetic Tradition (Sinister Wisdom, Fall 2023). Serena is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Seattle University. You can find out more at