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Sarah Galvin

Sarah Galvin is the author of a book of poems, The Three Einsteins and a book of essays, The Best party of Our Lives. Her poetry and essays can be also found in io, New Ohio Review, Vice Magazine, and Pinwheel, among others. She is a regular contributor to The Stranger newspaper. She is a winner of the 2015 Lottery Grant, a 2015 James W. Ray award nominee, and was considered for what would have been the first Radio Flyer Wagon DUI in Washington State history.
Watch This: The Midnight Island of Childhood Dreams

Watch This: The Midnight Island of Childhood Dreams

As a kid I read a lot of stories about survival and kids building homes. My favorites were the Jack London books about wolves, Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, The Boxcar Children Series, and the Berenstain Bears book about the clubhouse (before Berenstain Bears acquired their current conservative Christian bent.)

Watch This: The Queen of My Castle

Watch This: The Queen of My Castle

I have always had an odd relationship with domesticity, which is probably why until about a month ago I had never cohabited with a girlfriend.

Watch This: Marilyn Manson and The Burrito Lingerie Show

Watch This: Marilyn Manson and The Burrito Lingerie Show

Last Wednesday culminated in an Auburn Taco Bell parking lot with several friends wearing seven-layer burritos as bras. I alternately shotgunned Rainier and taco sauce packets, reeling from the delight of what for most of us had been our first Marilyn Manson concert.

Watch This: Outlander, Brewer of Dreams

Watch This: Outlander, Brewer of Dreams

The turn-of-the-century Victorian that houses Outlander Brewing is so pristine it looks like it was built last week. It could be a stylish good witch’s house, or some obscure European Earl’s summer home.

Watch This: Confessions and Superstitions

Watch This: Confessions and Superstitions

Well-written confessional essays facilitate a sense of belonging and connection for both the reader and writer. They involve the unveiling and exploration of a personal truth the author has previously concealed.

Watch This: Treasure Hunting & the Nature of Treasure

Watch This: Treasure Hunting & the Nature of Treasure

During a recent move, one of the first boxes I carefully padded and taped contained a collection of dirt-covered bottles. They’re literally garbage—I began collecting a decade ago when my friend Riley, a professional treasure hunter, found a map of Seattle’s dumps from the turn of the century.

Watch This: Panic at the Ikea

Watch This: Panic at the Ikea

Occasionally my mom calls me from Ikea wordlessly screaming. I always know where she is, because it’s very specific—the combination of a stage-whispered scream that implies respect for fellow shoppers, and the kind of awful scream in nightmares where your sleeping lungs refuse you full volume.

Finding Love At The Double Header

Finding Love At The Double Header

I first visited The Double Header shortly after moving to the International District in 2014. I explored the ID and Pioneer Square as often as school and work would allow, searching for the oldest existing bars with the cheapest existing whiskey—Joe’s, The Central Saloon, and Fort St. George were favorites.

Watch This: Ode To The Alps Hotel

Watch This: Ode To The Alps Hotel

While I was couch surfing through grad school four years ago, I had this incredibly vivid dream about living in a 1920s building in the International District called the Alps Hotel. In the dream nothing really happened, but the place was a taller, narrower, more streamlined version of itself, like a cathedral, and I woke up with an unplaceable sense of hope.

Watch This: Calling out Call-Out Culture

Watch This: Calling out Call-Out Culture

Oppressed people of every stripe (and, well, everybody) should strive to offer each other support, patience, and love—history has shown us over and over there is strength and safety in numbers.

Getting Gay at the SIFF Gay-La

Getting Gay at the SIFF Gay-La

Black tie and prom dresses, a DJ resembling a combination of Buddy Holly and Alfred Hitchcock, and a leather daddy building a motorcycle with a side car for his dog. It must be another SIFF Gay-la.