Literary Event of the Week: Threshold literary walk

To celebrate Seattle poet Jane Wong's new exhibit "After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly," the Frye is serving as the launching pad for a combination literary crawl/roving writing class.

At 4 pm on Tuesday, Wong will begin with a discussion about her exhibit, which is part memoir, part generational epic, and part essay about a lifelong love of food. Then, she will lead the audience on a rambling hourlong one-mile walk downhill to Town Hall.

Along the way, poets Quenton Baker and Chelsea Werner-Jatzke will read poems and present short writing exercises using place as a theme. (You should bring a pad of paper and a pen, but there will be some spare office supplies around in case you forget.)

The evening will end in Town Hall's Reading Room, in which artist Timothy Firth will unveil his "interactive audio sculpture that will be tuned throughout a series of public events." There will be a little more reading, and then some drinks.

Wong's poetry is always interested in place and personal history, but this exhibit deepens that relationship between art and location and time in a new and exciting way. To then have the exhibit spill into the streets of Seattle in a generative tour of the city is simply the next evolutionary step on the path that Wong has been walking down for some time.

Frye Art Museum. 704 Terry Ave., 622-9250,, 4 pm, free.