on poetry

February 19, 2017

Kay Boyle“The decision to speak out is the vocation and lifelong peril by which the intellectual must live.”
Kay Boyle
(February 19, 1902 – December 27, 1992)

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Kay Boyle, photographed by George Platt Lynes, 1941

Poetry series

February 18, 2017

Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive

Join Michael Dylan Welch for another new series of FREE “Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive” presentations this year, starting soon at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, Washington. Here’s the line-up for 2017:

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 pm
Issa: Japanese Haiku Poet

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm
William Carlos Williams: American Poet

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Denise Levertov: Seattle Poet

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 pm
Dylan Thomas: British Poet

All presentations are free! Plus on March 1 (7:00 pm) Michael will be doing a Dr. Seuss presentation for children and families, also at the Redmond Library.

These presentations will feature biographical information, videos, poems, discussion, and more! You are also welcome to bring your own favorite poems by these authors to share, perform, and discuss.

Now!

February 17, 2017

Galiano Literary FestivalLooking for something to do this weekend? The 8th annual Galiano Literary Festival starts today, Friday, February 17, 2017, and continues through Sunday the 19th on Galiano Island, BC, Canada. There will be workshops, readings and plenty of relaxation. All events are held at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, a 5-minute walk from the ferry or 15 minutes by float plane from Vancouver or Victoria. Download the complete schedule on the Galiano Literary Festival website.

for your calendar

February 16, 2017

100 Thousand Poets for Change

We don’t usually offer seven months of advance notice for poetry events, but this one is already in the air, so we thought we’d mention it.

100 Thousand Poets for Change was founded by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion in 2011 and has happened every September since. Organized locally, 100TPC consists of poetry readings, music concerts, dance performances, and art exhibitions for peace, justice and sustainability. People from all over the world participate.

This year’s global event will happen on Saturday, September 30, 2017. There will undoubtedly be many events in Cascadia. For now, we’ve heard that Brandon Pitts, Isabella Valencia and Black Lab Gallery will be hosting a 100,000 Poets for Change event in Everett and 100TPC is looking for other local organizers.

Find out more on the 100TPC website and 100TPC Facebook page.

movie words

February 15, 2017

poetry on film

We like to highlight films that include or feature poetry — a meeting of two powerful creative forces. Taste of Cinema offers “10 Movies About Poetry That Are Worth Your Time,” which includes some films we’ve previously mentioned and some we haven’t. Have a look.

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love underfoot

February 14, 2017

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

There’s more than one way to bring poetry — and love — into your life. Here, for example, landscape architect Topher Delaney designed a Braille pathway for a Tiburon, California, house with the words of Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” spelled out in bricks.

Happy Valentine’s Day, however you write it.

The judges for the 2017 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are Jacob Hartsoch and Laura Laffrado. As always, after submissions are closed (March 31) the judges will both read every single poem that is submitted (without knowing the name of the poet) and will then work together to select the Walk and Merit winners.

Jacob HartsochJacob Hartsoch grew up in a small Montana town and was inspired by Richard Hugo’s poetry about local places he knew and loved. His work has been selected three times in the annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and he is the recipient of the Gonzaga University Costello Award in poetry. He lives in Bellingham with his wife and two young boys and is currently excited about wind, water, and reducing his family’s carbon footprint. Photo by Sheila Carson.

Laura LaffradoLaura Laffrado’s current work is focused on returning forgotten Pacific Northwest writer Ella Rhoads Higginson to literary prominence. Her most recent book is Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature (2015). Laffrado is also author of Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century US Women’s Writing (2009, 2015) and other books and essays. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University.

This year’s guidelines are posted on the 2017 Contest page.

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