meet Sylvia!

October 3, 2015

Two Sylvias Press open house

Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy invite you to join them for an afternoon of drink, appetizers, books, and authors at the Two Sylvias Press OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, November 7, 2015, 11:00am – 5:00pm. The new Two Sylvias office is located in Kingston, Washington, within walking distance of the ferry dock. You can make a day of it by also enjoying Art in the Woods, a self-guided tour of artist’s studios throughout beautiful North Kitsap County.

artful words

October 2, 2015

Prentiss Cole - Sine Cosine

Prentiss Cole is an artist whose medium includes words. This evening, Friday, October 2, 2015, his gallery/studio, WORKS, located upstairs in Bay Street Village (Holly & Bay, Bellingham), will present a retrospective of his work dating back to 1989. Stop by between 7:00 and 9:30pm, during the Downtown Art Walk.
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pictured: Sine/Cosine, 1996, 57″ x 151″ x 1″

Kwame Alexander

Mark your calendar: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, and join Kwame Alexander for a lively and entertaining evening of poetry at Bellingham High School, in the Auditorium.

Activities get going at 5:45pm with poetry performances and exhibits by local students. Alexander will speak and read from his multi-award-winning book, The Crossover, starting at 6:30pm, followed by book sales and author signing.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize.

Kwame Alexander’s visit to Bellingham marks the official launch of Poetry CHaT, a collection of resources, ideas and curricula designed to help educators share their love of poetry with children and teens. The PoetryCHaT Children & Teen Poetry Collection is housed at Western Washington University Library and includes materials written and published for children and teens, birth through age 20, from 1920 on. PoetryCHaT is on Facebook, too.

In connection with the launch, Alexander will be the featured author for Compass to Campus and will also participate in a conversation about writing at a by-invitation luncheon for WWU MFA and undergrad writing students.

The Wednesday event at Bellingham High School is free and suitable for poetry, hip-hop and basketball enthusiasts of all ages.

writing the garden

September 30, 2015

Kahini - The Garden and the Wild

Take a day to escape to the garden and return home with inspiration and new writing. Kahini presents a one-day workshop, The Garden and the Wild, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, in Salem, Oregon. Working with poet Colette Tennant and writer and writing instructor Jordan Hartt, participants will explore, in conversation and writing, the concepts of “garden” and “wild” for metaphor, character and setting. Enrollment is limited to 10 people and, as of this writing, only 4 spaces remain. Sign up for workshop by contacting

Haiku walk

Haiku walk If Millersburg, in northeast Ohio, is not at the top of your destination list, its new haiku poetry walk should help it find a place on your poetry map and make it worth a detour from Columbus or Akron. Located on forested land in the heart of Ohio Amish Country between Millersburg and Berlin, The Inn at Honey Run this month welcomed visitors to the first installation in the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.

The Haiku Path winds through the forest, its route marked by 30 boulders, the boulders each bearing a pair of metal gingko leaves. The leaves are inscribed with haiku written specifically for the site by members of the Haiku Society of America. The verse appears on one leaf in English and on the other in Latin-scripted Japanese.

The project was coordinated by the Inn’s owner, Jason Nies, and HSA Midwest Regional Coordinator, Julie Warther. Although the Open Air Art Museum is on Inn property, it is open both to guests and the public and will, in the coming years, grow to embrace Nies’s vision of a true outdoor museum, with installations of artwork in various media as well as performance events.
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photos by Christopher Patchel
haiku by Joe McKeon
thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for the heads-up

Banned Books Week

September 28, 2015

Banned Books WeekBecause books matter, and poetry matters, and words shape the ideas at the heart of poetry, and because some people would still prefer that we do not have access to those ideas/words/poems/books, we note and celebrate Banned Books Week each year.

Although challenges are fewer in number, the American Library Association recorded “311 reported attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves in 2014–2015.” Read more from Chris Finan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE).

Banned Books Week, this year highlighting young adult literature, is September 27 – October 3, 2015.

Visit the PEN American Center website to hear Alex Dimitrov reading “I Am Not” and “Personals Ad” by the much-banned Allen Ginsberg and Deborah Landau reading Walt Whitman’s poems “Leaves of Grass” and “Respondez!” And just in case you’re really in the doldrums, get lost on the island of the banned: Pinterest.

To Rizzy*

September 27, 2015

To Rizzy by Thomas Boyle
2015 Walk Award
By Thomas Boyle (4th grade)

To Rizzy

Rizzy, oh Rizzy,
how I love you.
Your face lights up my day.
That smile of yours, ahhh it’s beautiful.

Your eyes are diamonds sparkling
in the midnight sky.
Your fur is as soft as a new cozy blanket,
your big wet nose is as wet as a big puddle.

You give the best alarm clock “kisses.”
It makes you feel like a big black thing dropping oceans on you.
(I love it though.)

Rizzy, oh Rizzy,
You make my day as bright as a hot sun.

I hope you always remember…

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*Copyright 2015 by Thomas Boyle. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.


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