another year of Claudia!

December 5, 2019

Humanities Washington and ArtsWA announced this week that Governor Jay Inslee has extended the term of Claudia Castro Luna, the 2018-2020 Washington State Poet Laureate, to January of 2021. This represents a huge commitment on Claudia’s part, for which poets and poetry lovers across Washington can be grateful. Read the full story.

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Photo by Timothy Aguero

Best of 2019, no. 2

December 4, 2019

More best-of listings for 2019 books:

time to get away?

December 3, 2019

Sometimes, as another short gray day dawns, even twinkling holiday decorations aren’t enough to cut through the gloom. When that happens, it’s time to start thinking about getting outta town. A writing retreat may be solution, and looking forward to an upcoming retreat may be just enough to lift you from the doldrums.

This list is not comprehensive. The residencies, retreats, workshops, and other getaways vary widely in locale, cost, activities, competitive entry, expectations, and other variables. Some programs do not yet have dates posted but you can usually get on a mailing list for updates. Dates are 2020, except as noted.

Future opportunities (2020 application deadlines are past):

Even visiting these websites will make you feel better…

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video poem

December 1, 2019

With special thanks to Bellingham BTV Channel 10, a number of the 2019 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winning poets were able to record their poems for broadcast. We’ll be posting links to the YouTube videos in the coming weeks. In the first one, we feature Margaux Barber reading “Bones.”

on poetry

November 30, 2019

“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery
(November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942)

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November 28, 2019

it has begun

November 27, 2019

Best-of Season is here again. Here’s what we have so far for listings of favorite poetry for 2019:

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