Chuckanut Writers Conference

This is a guest post by Amberly Baker.

Have you made any fun plans for summer? Are you looking to spend time in one of the most beautiful regions of the country? This year, do something inspiring and fulfilling, and engage with a huge community of writers at the Chuckanut Writers Conference on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, 2017, at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington.

An annual craft-centered writing conference, Chuckanut is an amazing opportunity for all writers, whether you’re local or visiting, have published three novels or are writing on napkins in rare quiet moments. The conference offers a weekend of breakout sessions and keynote addresses, taught by some of the finest writers our area has to offer. For an additional fee, attendees can register for pre-conference master classes, agent pitch sessions, marketing consultations and editing consultations. You can find the full line up on the website.

And today, Monday, May 22, is the last day for Early Bird Registration! If you register today, you’ll receive the $239 rate, a savings of forty dollars. You can register online, by phone, or by mail; for more information, visit the registration information section of our website, here. But don’t wait, this deal is good through today only!

I am so excited to share this amazing opportunity with you. This conference is a great experience, one that draws attendees back year after year. Tara Fort, an attendee of last year’s conference, said, “Perfect amount of speakers, sessions, and attendees. I feel inspired and not overwhelmed. I am looking forward to 2017!” We are too. We’ll see you at the conference!

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Amberly Baker is a student in Western Washington University’s Creative Writing program, and works at a small bookstore. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys playing Animal Crossing, knitting, and is obsessed with her cats.

Join Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Michael Haeflinger of Tacoma’s LTAB and student poets at a special screening of the documentary film, Louder Than A Bomb.

Copies of selected books of poetry will be available for purchase, as well as light fare and beverages.

Today, Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 5:00pm | Free | Suggested donation $5 | at Bitters Co., 14034 Calhoun Road, Mount Vernon, Washington

In case you missed the December broadcast on PBS, you can watch/listen/read Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts in which they discuss the press’s 99 percent rejection rate and the difference between publication and poetry. Find it on PBS Newshour.

a hard act to follow

May 19, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next poet laureate. The poet laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including Washington’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, and presentations in communities throughout the state. The new laureate will serve from February 1, 2018, to January 31, 2020. Washington joined several other states in appointing an official state poet laureate in 2007.

The position is sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and Humanities Washington, with the support of Governor Jay Inslee. Current laureate Tod Marshall has driven thousands of miles and held hundreds of poetry workshops and readings across Washington State since February 2016. Marshall, a Washington State Book Award-winning poet and Gonzaga professor, is in the second year of his two-year term. A list of his upcoming events is available via Humanities Washington’s website and the state poet laureate’s blog.

Applications are due July 31, 2017. Read more about the position and download the guidelines at ArtsWA.

poetry on film

May 18, 2017

In our ongoing effort to keep you informed of the intersection between poetry and film, here’s another entry: “Endless Poetry” (“Poesía Sin Fin“).

“Surreal and breathlessly inventive,” this new film by Alejandro Jodorowsky is making its way through the festival and art-film circuit. You can see it free on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00pm, at the Feast Arts Center outdoor movies in Tacoma.

You can also watch a trailer on YouTube, check out the film’s (closed) IndieGoGo campaign, see the 95% rating in Rotten Tomatoes and read Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week review in The Guardian.

emerging poet?

May 17, 2017

If you live at least six months of the year in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington; and have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works); and have no book forthcoming before October 1, 2017, the Montana Book Festival invites you to submit up to five pages of unpublished poetry to the 2017 Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest (there are fiction and nonfiction categories as well). The deadline is May 31, 2017, and there is a submission fee. Follow the link for guidelines and find more Montana Book Festival online and on Facebook.

Claudia Rankine

May 16, 2017

In the Winter 2016 issue of The Paris Review, David L. Ulin interviews Claudia Rankine on many subjects, including her influences, her relationship with the audience and her prize-winning book, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014). The interview is now online.

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