on poetry

October 18, 2017


“I’m a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people’s lives.”
Ntozake Shange
(b. October 18, 1948)

. . . . .
photo: Adger Cowans

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Peace Arts Workshops

October 17, 2017


 
 
Set aside some time on Tuesday, October 24, and Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and participate in one, two, or all three Peace Arts Workshops offered by the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (WPJC).
 
Transform Your Writing
with poet Betty Scott and songwriter-musician J.P. Falcon Grady
10:00am-Noon, Tuesday, October 24

This workshop will help you explore how the world of peace and justice can be realized through writing. Participants will transform the thought, emotion and images of a free write into a fixed form, perhaps a horoscope, a sonnet, a pantoum, or a revised chorus from a favorite song. Through writing, discussion, and performance examples, participants will look for the gifts that structure and re-visioning provide, then partner with musician J.P. Falcon Grady to enhance their writing with chords and rhythms.

Peace Collage Workshop
with Nancy Canyon
2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday, October 24

Spend the afternoon with Nancy Canyon, author and artist, creating a 6 x 8 inch Peace Collage. Let go of the thinking mind. We’ll work from a space of non-judgment, collecting magazine images that describe the complexities of the concept of peace. The process will feel leisurely and meditative as we cut and move pieces around the matt board, arranging colors and shapes in engaging composition. At the end of class, we’ll share our collages. Magazines and matt board will be provided. Please bring scissors and glue sticks and additional magazines, if you can.

Writing for Peace and Resistance
with Abbe Rolnick
​4:30-6:30pm, Wednesday, October 25

Interactive workshop that highlights storytelling using both fiction and non-fiction techniques to present ideas of justice, resistance, and peace. Core principles of authenticity — original thinking, transformed into meaningful essays or stories.

All three workshops will be held at WPJC, 1220 Bay Street in downtown Bellingham. To register, visit the WPJC Peace Arts Workshops page.

congratulations, winners!

October 16, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the Washington State Book Awards:

  • Poetry – My, My, My, My, My by Tara Hardy (Seattle)
  • Biography/memoir – An Earlier Life by Brenda Miller (Bellingham)
  • Fiction – Daredevils by Shawn Vestal (Spokane)
  • History/general nonfiction – Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson (Seattle)
  • Picture book – Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (Seattle), illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Young readers (ages 6 to 8) – Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton (Tacoma)
  • Middle readers (ages 9 to 12) – Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart (Cashmere)
  • Young adults (ages 13 to 18) – Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand (Seattle)

See the complete list of finalists here.

Let them be Cars*

October 15, 2017


2017 Merit Award
By Mason Mills, 9th Grade

Let them be cars,
Always fueled, fixed, loved,
But harnessed to the road.

I’d rather be submarine,
Cruising underwater like a shark,
Exploring the deepest depths of the ocean.

To have shattered theories,
To dive and search,
To be carried among the waves,
Currents moving me all around the world.

I’d rather be unseen,
Unknown by all,
Than to be a shiny new car,
Made in a factory,
Praised by all,
And driven by greedy hands.

If I could be alone, strong and free,
I’d rather be a submarine.

. . . . .
*Copyright 2017 by Mason Mills. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.

Poet Laureate two-fer

October 14, 2017

Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and the Washington 129 anthology will enjoy a full day of poetry in Bellingham on Friday, October 20, 2017.

In the afternoon, Tod will participate in a meet-and-greet at Greene’s Corner, 2208 James Street. Doors open and open mic signup begins at 1:30pm. There will be music and readings from 2:00 to 4:00pm. This event is hosted by poet Betty Scott, musician J.P. Falcon Grady, and Lance & Kristine Bailey, the poetry-loving owners of Greene’s Corner.

Beginning at 7:00pm, Tod will host an evening of readings from Washington 129 at the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room. Reading their anthology poem as well as new and selected works will be poets Alice Derry, Betty Scott, Daniel Moore, Eric Lochridge, Janette Rosebrook, Jennifer Bullis, J.I. Kleinberg, Luther Allen, Paul Piper, Robert Lashley, Sierra Golden, Susan J. Erickson, and Tess Gallagher. The reading is free and copies of Washington 129 and other titles by the poets will be available for purchase (thanks, Village Books!). This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA and graciously hosted by the Mount Baker Theatre.

Please join Tod Marshall and friends at one or both of these fine events!

Thursday in Vancouver, BC

October 13, 2017

Edited by Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria, BC, Yvonne Blomer, Refugium (Caitlin Press) invites poets to “explore our connection to the Pacific, what we know and don’t know, how we’ve already changed the shore and the sea and what we fear losing.”

There will be a book launch and reading on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:00pm, at the Nə́c̓aʔmat ct Public Library and YWCA Cause We Care House, Woo Soon Mary Lee Chan Room, at 730 East Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Authors reading at the event are Ann Hopkinson, Jo Lilley, Jeremy Pataky, Heidi Greco, Rob Taylor, Lee Beavington, Anne Simpson, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Miranda Pearson, Luther Allen, Lorin Medley, Terri Brandmueller, Nancy Pagh, Betsy Warland, Kate Braid, Stephen Collis, David Pimm, Barbara Pelman, and Cornelia Hoogland.

Free admission. Books available for sale and signing.
See you there.

tonight in Bellingham

October 12, 2017

Poet Rob Lewis will be reading from his new collection, The Silence of Vanishing Things, this evening at 7:00pm at Village Books.

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