On Tour – Grant Cogswell, Dream of the Cold War: Poems 1998-2008

Grant Cogswell’s poetic ode to progressive politics, The Dream of the Cold War: Poems 1998-2008, has its roots in the deep history of radical activism in Seattle and the NW. Pivoting around the tragic suicide of Congressman Marion Zioncheck, in 1936, a defenestration Cogswell has called “an assassination without a trigger man,” the multi-part epic title poem moves dreamily across the 20th century and into the spectacle of Seattle’s neoliberal transformation in the early 2000s. Lyrical, searching, crazy, Whitmanesque — these poems are the blood that runs through the body of a committed activist.

Poet and activist Grant Cogswell spent the 90s and 00s fighting political battles in his hometown of Seattle. Famously, he helped initiate a grassroots campaign to build a city-wide monorail in a place that had failed to build rail transit in nearly a century of trying. His grassroots proposal won, triggering an avalanche of legal maneuvers and politicking that ultimately subverted the mandate and stopped the project. The story is captured in Stephen Gyllenhaal’s soon-to-be-released film, Grassroots.


Publication Studio was founded by Matthew Stadler, formerly the literary editor of Nest Magazine and co-founder of Clear Cut Press, and Patricia No. Based in Portland, Ore., the studio also visits other cities to collaborate with like-minded fellow travelers and found “sibling studios” using the same equipment and approach. Currently there are six Publication Studios, in Portland (run by Patricia No, Antonia Pinter, and David Knowles), Berkeley, CA (run by Colter Jacobsen), Vancouver, BC, Canada (run by Keith Higgins and Kathy Slade), Toronto, Ontario, Canada (run by Derek McCormack, Alana Wilcox, and Michael Maranda), Boston (run by Sam Gould), and Portland, Maine (run by Daniel Fuller and the Institute for Contemporary Art). Studios will soon open in Bordeaux, France, and Los Angeles.


The following are dates and locations for Grant Cogswell’s upcoming book tour for Dream of the Cold War: Poems 1998-2008, his debut poetry collection published by Publication Studio, Portland, Oregon.

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June 11, 7pm
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Grant Cogswell will read from Dream of the Cold War: Poems 1998-2008. Phil Campbell will read from his book Grassroots. Grassroots film director Stephen Gyllenhaal along with Charles Mudede, local writer and filmaker, will discuss Grassroots and the issue of adapting books to film.

June 12, 7pm
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse
8564 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103

Grant Cogswell’s books will be available for sale, book signing and beer tasting as well.

July 2, 2012, time TBA
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Grant Cogswell will read from Dream of the Cold War: Poems 1998-2008.

July 10, 7pm
Mcnally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Grant Cogswell will read from Dream of the Cold War: Poems 1998-2008. Free and open to the public.

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