Kate Baer: In-Person & Online
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Kate Baer: In-Person & Online

Past Event: Thursday, March 2, 2023

At Rainier Arts Center

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In Person & Online

Kate Baer is an author and poet who garnered acclaim following the publication of her first collection of poetry, What Kind Of Woman. The collection examines the many roles women play in the modern era, as Baer seeks to place the experiences of motherhood, female companionship, and marriage at the heart of what it means to be poetic.

Baer’s newest work, And Yet, dives even deeper into themes of friendship, love, loss, and motherhood, displaying Baer’s ever-increasing capacity to explore these topics in rare poetic form.


Baer stands as one of very few poets whose breakout collection debuted as a number one instant New York Times Bestseller. Published in 2020, What Kind of Woman was released in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, and by the account of many was a source of affirmation and empathy during times of uncertainty and isolation.

Senior editor at Vogue, Chloe Schama describes the first moment she came across Baer’s poetry on Instagram, writing, “I felt a jolt—that illumination, what Virginia Woolf called, ‘A match burning in a crocus.’ In the midst of the pandemic, hungry for communion, feeling time accelerating even while nothing in my immediate life was happening, I needed witnesses from the past who could testify that this odd and static present was not all there was.”

A major contributor to Baer’s success on Instagram is due to her series of erasure poems, which use untoward messages sent to Baer online as source material. Through erasure, Baer reduces the text to a minimalist, poignant, and searing retort to the original message. These works, in addition to poems inspired by notes of admiration, comprise her second collection, I Hope This Finds You Well.

Baer’s latest collection, And Yet, is set to be released in November 2022. The newest collection of poems shows us that at a time of collective unrest and hopelessness, we cannot give up on ourselves and each other. We have the power to persist and be the change we want to see.

Baer’s work has also been published in The New Yorker, Literary Hub, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. To learn more, visit https://www.katebaer.com/.

Event Details

Rainier Arts Center

3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118

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Know Before You Go

COVID-19 Policies

The safety of our patrons, artists, community partners, staff, and volunteers continues to be important to us. At this time, facial masks are encouraged but not required for entry, and proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is no longer required. However, health and safety protocols are subject to change. Before attending events, please check your pre-event email for the most up-to-date information.

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Our partner bookstore, Open Books: A Poem Emporium, will have books available for purchase at their table in the lobby and on their website.

Patrons & Grand Patrons, Have a Drink on SAL!

Patron & Grand Patron seating includes a pre-event drink ticket! Check your pre-event email for details.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held at the Rainier Arts Center.

Rainier Arts Center is Southeast Seattle’s community performing arts center, which overlooks Columbia Park at the gateway to Columbia City. The Center is located at the corner of Rainier Ave S and S Alaska St.

By Car

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By Public Transit

The Center is three blocks from the Columbia City Light Rail Station and is served by King County Metro bus routes #7 and #50.


The parking lot can accommodate 15 vehicles; additional parking is available on the street.


Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing losses, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. To make a request for open captioning, please contact us at [email protected] or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: for in-person captioning at Langston, we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure captioning services. 

Closed Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where captioning displays the words that are spoken or sung at the bottom of the video during an online event. Captioning is available for all online events; click the “CC” button to view captions during the event.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals at all in-person and online events. To make a request for interpretation, please contact us at [email protected] or 206.621.2230×10, or select “Sign Language Interpretation” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process and we will contact you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). To pick up a headset, check in with the SAL Box Office when you arrive.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in the theatre, which complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To reserve seating for a specific mobility concern, please contact us at [email protected] or 206.621.2230×10, or select “Wheelchair Accessible or Alternative Seating Options” during ticket checkout, and we will contact you to confirm details.

Guide and service dogs are welcome.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at [email protected], or Monday-Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm at 206.621.2230×10.

For more accessibility information, please head to lectures.org/accessibility. If you would like to make accessibility arrangements you do not see listed here, please contact our box office or select “Other Accommodations” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will contact you to confirm details.


Poetry Series Sponsor

Charles B. & Barbara Wright