May 29, 2015
If you follow this blog, you’ll know that we’re fans of ModPo — Modern & Contemporary American Poetry — a massive open online course (MOOC). Offered free through Coursera, the ten-week University of Pennsylvania class is conducted by professor Al Filreis, along with a panel of close readers, video and audio segments, and substantial on- and off-line reading. ModPo will begin again on Saturday, September 12, 2015, and run through Monday, November 23. Participation is entirely self-directed — you don’t have to “show up” at a particular time — but the syllabus is demanding and it’s wise to take seriously the suggested commitment of “5-10 hours/week.”
Here are several sources for more information: “The Web Poet’s Society,” an article on ModPo and MOOCs in The Atlantic by Kristina A. Bicher; commentary and other posting on ModPo, primarily by Al Filreis, on Jacket 2; the ModPo page on Coursera. For participants, there is also a Facebook group.
May 28, 2015
In case you missed it, The Bellingham Herald has a lovely profile by Dean Kahn featuring writer/editor Mary Elizabeth Gillilan, who is the visionary behind Clover: A Literary Rag and the Independent Writers’ Studio. Volume 9 of the admirable Clover will be released during the Chuckanut Writers Conference, with in-store sales (at Village Books, among other places) and readings to follow (and subscriptions encouraged).
May 26, 2015
Saturday afternoon from 3 to 5 is a great time to island hop. Seattle7Writers and Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor Book Company invite you to fill your book bag, have a snack, enter a drawing and mix and mingle with authors Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Alcala, Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella, Megan Chance, Bridget Foley, Laurie Frankel, Elizabeth George, Thor Hanson, Adrianne Harun, Jennifer Louden, Kevin O’Brien, Suzanne Selfors, Rebecca Wells and Susan Wiggs.
May 25, 2015
“May my silences become more accurate.”
(May 25, 1908 –
August 1, 1963)
. . . . .
photo by Mary Randlett,
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
May 24, 2015
A Star Vanishing Away
A pilot flew a plane made of nickels
and it flew like an ordinary plane.
When it flew far away
it looked like a star vanishing in the clouds.
I don’t know if this is true
but it might be.
. . . . .
*Copyright 2015 by Charles Walker. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.
May 22, 2015
You have until June 15, 2015, to submit your manuscript for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. Judged by poet Keetje Kuipers, the winner will receive $300, 20 author copies of the print chapbook, plus eBook publication and a 1930s depression glass trophy.
Two Sylvias Press chapbooks are perfect-bound with a high-quality matte finish. The winner will be announced by September 2015. For more information and submission guidelines, visit Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. (Note: on their Facebook page, Two Sylvias Press says, “Submissions have been lower this year, so it’s a good year to try us out.”) Go for it!