My Friend Jack

January 18, 2017

Jack McCarthy

If you ever heard or read Jack McCarthy, his words are probably still resonating in your mind. It’s hard to believe that yesterday, January 17, marked the fourth anniversary of his passing.

As much as he published during his busy lifetime, Jack left troves of material unpublished. Now, his wife, Carol McCarthy, is working with poet Jessica Lohafer to assemble some of Jack’s previously unknown and unpublished material into a new collection.

And they need your help.

Visit My Friend Jack: A Poetry Collection on GoFundMe, read about the project, watch a video of Jack, and donate what you can to bring this worthwhile collection into the world.

Call for words!

January 17, 2017

Love’s Fool 2017

Do you have a story, poem, prose or spoken word tribute to the earlier, more foolish you? If so, Rooted Emerging hopes you’ll submit it for Love’s Fool 2017: “On April Fool’s Day, we pay homage to the inner adolescent in us all, who felt so much, made mistakes, and lived to tell the tale.”

Sponsored by Village Books and emcee’d by Carolyn McCarthy, Love’s Fool will be held in the Mountain Room at at Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham on (of course) Saturday, April 1, 2017.

The Call for Stories requests original work from writers 18 and over. Performance is limited to 3 – 8 minutes (roughly 500 – 1000 words). Preference will be given to the funny, the heartfelt, the shamelessly honest, the romantic and the subtly sexual (suitable for audiences ages 12 & up). Stories set during ages 10 – 16 will be given priority. The submission deadline is Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and performers will be contacted by March 1. Find out more on the Rooted Emerging website, where you’ll also find a link to the complete guidelines.

one more…

January 16, 2017

Best-of Season

Here’s a slightly different take on the best-of list: Business Insider’s “The most beautiful library in every US state.”

Writers Resist

January 15, 2017

Writers Resist Bellingham

Today, Sunday, January 15, 2017, writers of every stripe, from communities around the world, are coming together to commit to the fundamental principles of democracy. Events are planned for many cities, including

Visit the Writers Resist website for more information.

on poetry

January 14, 2017

John Dos Passos
“We work to eat to get the strength to work to eat to get the strength to work.”
John Dos Passos
(January 14, 1896 – September 28, 1970)

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National Portrait Gallery photo

a poetry walk surprise

January 13, 2017

Christopher Luna poem

Here are the bare facts: Christopher Luna is the first poet laureate for Clark County, Washington. Poet, publisher, visual artist, writing coach, teacher, and editor, he is the co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, and Poetry Moves, a program that places poems by local students and adults on buses in the C-Tran system serving the county. (Among other achievements.)

The Vine is Clark County, Washington’s bus rapid transit system.

Yesterday, Christopher Luna posted (on Facebook) the following true story:

Today my dear friend and employer, Leah Jackson, took me on a “field trip.” She would not tell me where we were going or why. We hopped on the Vine, C-Tran’s newly launched BRT, and took pictures of the art that has been installed at all the Vine stops. At first I thought that this was what she wanted to show me, since she was on the committee that handled the art for the new bus line. I was not prepared for the real reason for our trip. When I saw that C-Tran had decided to include my name and one of my poems at the Vancouver Mall Transit Center, I was astounded. I was completely speechless, which anyone who knows me can tell you is rare. One of the things that makes this surprise honor so special is that the poem that was chosen describes a very momentous conversation I had with my son, Angelo Luna. Thank you to everyone in the community who has supported me and my activities over the years. There are no words to describe my gratitude.

Nice!

send some peace

January 12, 2017

Peace Poetry Postcard

February, which is National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) is also Peace Poetry Postcard Month. Sign up, write a peace poem each day and mail one a day to a name on your pre-assigned list. Prompts will be posted on Facebook if you need a jump start.

To sign up

  • Send an email to worldpeacepoets [at] gmail.com
  • Use the subject line Peace Postcards
  • In the body of the e-mail include your name, mailing address, city, state, country and Zip or postal code

Write poems. EASY.

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