voices of May

April 29, 2016

Fridays at Jack Straw

The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings, to encourage the creation of new literary work, and to provide new venues for the writers and their work.”

The twelve 2016 Jack Straw Writers, selected by curator Karen Finneyfrock, will present their work in a series of three Friday evening readings in May at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Further details at Jack Straw and on Facebook.

Seattle Youth Poet LaureateIf you — or someone you know — is age 14-19, a Seattle resident and a poet, applications for the next Seattle Youth Poet Laureate will be accepted through Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Youth Poet Laureate receives a book deal from Penmanship Books and performs and tours the city at a variety of events throughout the year. Find the application and program details on Seattle Arts & Lectures Writers In The Schools (WITS) page and follow the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate on Facebook.

Open Books

Back in early March, we posted the news that John Marshall would be retiring from the helm of Open Books, in Seattle, and the fate of the outstanding poetry bookstore was unknown.

Now, less than two months later, we are very pleased to share with you this update from John Marshall and Open Books:

“We are exceedingly happy to announce that the next owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium will be Billie Swift. She has been an avid customer for years, has a sharp and inquiring mind, and is a truly engaging soul. We cannot imagine a better person to be entrusted with the future of Open Books. The actual change in ownership will take place at the end of August, but Ms. Swift will be a fixture in and around the store from now until then. Of course we’ll have a celebratory ceremony/party near the date of transfer, and we’ll count on your presence then, either in body or spirit. Between now and then, you’ll have ample opportunity to see us all (including on occasion Christine, who does the bookkeeping and pops in now and then). Please know that the store you love is still here and will go on, with your continued care and support. The amazing journey continues!”

Such good news. The store will be open until 7:00pm on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. Stop by and say congratulations (and pick up a few poetry books while you’re there).

poetry is looking up

April 26, 2016

Randy Burman - O, Miami

From the Stuff We Love file comes this project in Miami, Florida. In cooperation with the Miami International Airport Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs and the literary culture organization O, Miami, artist Randy Burman has created a National Poetry Month project called Poems to the Sky. Short poems written by 3rd and 4th grade students at two local elementary schools have been painted on rooftops of Miami buildings in one of MIA’s several flight paths. These gigantic, skyward murals, visible to airplane passengers, are being documented with drone video and photography and brought back to the schools where they were created. BravO, Miami!
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tonight in Bellingham!

April 25, 2016

poetrynight

Every day is a busy day for the Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, so Bellingham is particularly pleased that he is here as the featured reader for poetrynight, tonight, Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Mount Baker Theatre, in the Encore Room. There will also be an open mic. Doors open and sign-up at 7:30pm. Poetry begins at 8:00pm sharp! See you there!

treats and retreats

April 24, 2016

Emma Larkins - writing outdoors

If you haven’t made your summer plans yet, this might be a good time to start thinking about the writing months ahead. When it comes to writing festivals and retreats, summer begins in May. Below is a selection of 2016 goings-on in the wider Cascadia region. Some of these events have fees and require applications. Follow the links for more information.

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photo by Emma Larkins

Noisy Water at the Firehouse

To cap a series of readings that started in December and in celebration of National Poetry Month, Jeni Cottrell, Harold Niven and FAIM present an Art and Poetry Special Exhibit and Reading at the Firehouse Café and Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Fairhaven (Bellingham, Washington).

Noisy Water poets were invited to exhibit artworks inspired by or related to their Noisy Water poem. The resulting exhibit is on view through April 30, 2016, during café hours, 7:00am – 4:00pm daily. A special reception and reading will be held tomorrow, Sunday, April 24. The reception begins at 6:30pm and the reading begins at 7:00pm. The entire event is free and open to the public. Copies of Noisy Water will be available for purchase.

The Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, in town for his poetrynight appearance on April 25, will be a special guest and member of the audience for the evening’s festivities. Participating artist/poets are: Anita K. Boyle | Nancy Canyon | Susan Chase-Foster | David Drummond | Susan J. Erickson | Stephanie Cosky Hopkinson | Sandra F. Lucke | Carol McMillan | Rachel Mehl | Stephen Peters | Erica Reed | Colleen Schwartz | Harvey Schwartz | Sheila Sondik | Caitlin Thomson | Richard Widerkehr.

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