I am not a puddle*

July 5, 2015

I am not a puddle by Lauren Carr
2015 Walk Award
By Lauren Carr (12th grade)

I am not a puddle

You aren’t ready for me
I am too much person for you to just
          walk into without warning
I am not just a puddle you can walk in and out of
I am the entire ocean
There is no way you can ever fully know me
There are corners and crevasses that will stay hidden
          from even the most experienced diver
There is a depth to me that will devour
          you and leave you breathless
You can’t just walk into me
          and expect to come out alive
You have to prepare yourself
          for the hidden wonders and perils of my soul
You have to splash in head first
          in awe of my entire being
There is no way a silly boy like you can ride
          the currents of my mind without a surfboard and
There is no way you can love me
          if you’re afraid of sharks
. . . . .
*Copyright 2015 by Lauren Carr. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.

on poetry

July 4, 2015

Ted Joans“Don’t let the minute spoil the hour.”
Ted Joans
(July 4, 1928 – April 25, 2003)
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September in Twisp

July 3, 2015

An Ekphrastic Assortment

Explore the possibilities of art-inspired poetry for two days in September as poet Daemond Arrindell conducts “An Ekphrastic Assortment” at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, Washington (“the heart of the Methow Valley”). The workshop, September 26 and 27, 2015, 9:30am to 12:30pm, will use “the current exhibit in the gallery to influence our writing and as jumping off points for engaging several different forms including found poems, persona, anaphora, structured free verse, and more.” There will be a participant reading at Confluence Gallery on Sunday, September 27, at 4:00pm.

Seattle poet and performer Daemond Arrindell is on the faculty of the Washington State Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab, Cornish College of the Arts and Freehold Theatre, and is Writer in Residence for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation and the Seattle Arts & Lectures Writers In The Schools program. He was a 2013 Jack Straw Writer, a 2014 VONA/Voices Writer’s Workshop fellow and has performed nationwide.

For more information and to register, visit Confluence Gallery, or contact Executive Director Salyna Gracie at 509-997-2787 or salyna@confluencegallery.com.

PTWC…next week!

July 2, 2015

Centrum - Fort Worden

The Port Townsend Writers’ Conference has a way of sneaking up on you. Suddenly it’s July and the PTWC starts next week! Held at Fort Worden State Park, in Port Townsend, Washington, the conference runs July 9 to 19, 2015, and registration is still open (although some workshops may be sold out). Have a look at the faculty and class descriptions and then register!

it’s your choice…

July 1, 2015

Whatcom Writes!Once again, it’s time to start thinking about your submission to Whatcom WRITES!

Each year, Whatcom County, Washington, selects a book for Whatcom READS! that will be read and discussed at libraries and in book groups throughout the region, culminating with local appearances by the author. The 2016 title is A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel, by Ruth Ozeki.

In conjunction with Whatcom READS!, Whatcom WRITES! takes a theme from the book and invites writers to submit a poem, fiction, or nonfiction work (800 word limit). Whatcom READS! will publish an anthology of the top entries received, based on originality, design and creativity, demonstrated writing skills, and appropriateness to contest theme. Winning writers will also be invited to read portions of their work at Village Books on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

This year’s theme is CHOICES and the deadline for submissions is October 9, 2015. Find out more about Whatcom WRITES! including a link where you can download a flyer.
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Thanks to Susan J. Erickson for the heads up!

Captain Whidbey Inn

If you have a completed or in-progress book- or chapbook-length poetry manuscript and you’re ready for some serious scrutiny, consider enrolling in the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. Held at the Captain Whidbey Inn, in Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, Washington, September 25 – 28, 2015, the conference includes pre-conference assignments, workshops with intensive focus on manuscript preparation (selecting, ordering, revising, and swapping out poems) and meetings with press editors.

Get more information on the Whidbey island Colrain Classic (there are three Colrain workshops each autumn in various locations), see what previous attendees have said, meet the conference faculty and review the conference criteria to see if it’s a good fit for you.

fun with poets

June 29, 2015

Take Your Poet to Work Day

Back in January, we posted about Poetry at Work Day. But those folks at Tweetspeak don’t want you to wait around until next year to celebrate again, so in May they introduced Poem on Your Pillow Day, and they’ve already started releasing materials for Take Your Poet to Work Day, July 15 (always the third Wednesday), including (so far) William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and Anna Akhmatova.

Of course, if these poets don’t ring your chimes, you can still download last year’s featured poets: Sylvia Plath, Christina Rossetti, W. B. Yeats, John Keats, Adrienne Rich, and Langston Hughes, or the 2013 poets: Emily Dickinson, Haiku masters, Pablo Neruda, Edgar Allan Poe, Rumi, T.S. Eliot, and Sara Teasdale.

The idea is that you download (or create your own) image of a poet (hey, you’re a poet!), print the image, color it, paste it to a stick or a pencil and bring it to work with you. Of course there are poems to go along with each poet’s image.

Those fun folks at Tweetspeak also have a free coloring book (the 2014 version will be updated by July 8 to include the 2015 poets) and an infographic that explains it all. Enjoy!

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