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August 1, 2015

The Writers Chronicle

Perhaps you were one of the 12,000 people who attended the AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair in Seattle in 2014. You didn’t need to be a member of AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) to attend, but in addition to reduced admission costs, one of the perks of membership is a subscription to The Writer’s Chronicle.

Published six times a year, the magazine “features in-depth essays on the craft of writing, as well as extensive interviews with accomplished authors.” The articles are exceedingly well written and worthwhile. The magazine also contains “news on publishing trends and literary controversies; a listing of grants, awards, and publication opportunities available to writers; and a list of upcoming conferences.”

There is an archive of sample articles on The Writer’s Chronicle overview page and The Writer’s Chronicle also has a new Facebook page with links to additional articles.

On a related note, the 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair will be held in Los Angeles at the Convention Center and JW Marriott, March 30 through April 2, 2016. Early-bird registration is now open.

The Sonnet Project

July 31, 2015

The Sonnet ProjectIf you are interested in Shakespeare, or sonnets, or New York City, The Sonnet Project has it all. The idea, originally slated for completion on Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (April 23rd 2014), is “to film all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each performed by a different actor in a carefully chosen New York City location.”

When that deadline turned out to be unmanageable, the New York Shakespeare Exchange forged ahead anyway. Today there is a Sonnet Project website (with daily sonnet postings), Facebook page, Twitter feed and a Sonnet Project app. The films are posted on the website and on YouTube.

If you’re interested in recitation, this is a great place to hear Shakespeare.

Steamroller Smackdown

If you’re a fan of letterpress printing, you’ll never think of it in quite the same way once you’ve witnessed the Steamroller Smackdown. As part of Seattle’s South Lake Union Block Party (can you say SLUBP?), the School of Visual Concepts will host the annual Steamroller Smackdown,in which 20 teams of top designers print gigantic posters using a steamroller in lieu of a traditional printing press. This Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:00-8:00pm.

Seattle Writes

July 29, 2015

Seattle Writes

Seattle Writes is a free, public program of The Seattle Public Library that offers workshops, write-ins and writing space. The Seattle Writes calendar currently includes a workshop on SELF-e, the Library’s free self-publishing platform, a presentation on book publishing by author Jayne Ann Krentz, and weekly NaNoWriMo write-ins during the month of November. Learn more on Seattle Writes.

on poetry

July 28, 2015

Kenneth Fearing“What do you listen for, briefly, among the afternoon voices, / that the others do not”
Kenneth Fearing
(July 28, 1902 – June 26, 1961)
. . . . .
quote from “If Money” by Kenneth Fearing

hot pixels!

July 27, 2015

The Seattle Review of BooksJust launched: The Seattle Review of Books, “a literary news and review site dedicated to covering the best book city in America.” Reviews. Opinions. Notes. Events.

Watch it unfold (and subscribe) at The Seattle Review of Books online and on Facebook.

living on the mountain*

July 26, 2015

living on the mountain by Luther Allen
2015 Merit Award
By Luther Allen

living on the mountain

i can’t even begin
to keep up with the slugs
nor minister
to more than a few
of the grotesque leaves
of the big-leaf maple
in the fall

and i remain mystified
about the survival of the blacktail
and coyote and cougar
during the cold endless rain
and sopping long nights of winter

the black bears
i am sure
winter-sleep down at the casino
waking occasionally
to gorge on fried chicken
and that expensive craft beer
play a few hands of black jack
warm and dry, grinning
. . . . .
*Copyright 2015 by Luther Allen. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.


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