To a Slug in Winter

April 29, 2011

YouTube logoIt may be spring, but there’s still time to appreciate Paul S. Piper‘s 2010 Walk Award-winning poem, To a Slug in Winter, which he reads here on YouTube, thanks to BTV10. You can also read Paul’s poem here.

We’ve added a Winners page! Click on Winners (above) to see a list of Sue Boynton Poetry Contest winners from each contest year, 2006 through 2011. As time allows, we’ll add links from the lists to the poems.

Boynton winner reads…

April 27, 2011

Caleb BarberYou don’t have to wait for the May 12 awards ceremony to hear 2011 winning poet Caleb Barber read his poetry! Barber will read from his book Beasts & Violins at Village Books on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 7:00pm. The book’s title poem appeared in Best American Poetry 2009.

Also reading that evening will be poet Maya Jewll Zeller.

Event details here, or have a look at Caleb Barber’s website.


  • Write a poem
  • Read a poem
  • Share a poem with someone else
  • Buy a poetry book (they’re 20% off at Village Books!)
  • Put a poetry book on your breakfast table and read a poem aloud every morning
  • Put a poetry book on your nightstand and read a poem every night before you go to sleep
  • Congratulate one of the Sue Boynton Contest winners
  • Check the links (at right) for some of the Boynton Poems & Poets

Be a poet. Be a friend of poetry. Every month is poetry month.

YouTube logoSee and hear Kim Roe reading her 2010 winning poem, After Being Called “Girlie” at the Hardware Store, on YouTube – or read Kim’s poem here. Special thanks (again) to BTV10.

on being a poet…

April 24, 2011

“It has taken me three published books, seven years of public readings, festival appearances and tours abroad, several forays into radio, television and the quality newspapers, more than my fair share of grants and prizes and, all in all, some 2,000 poems, to feel I can now say, in a whisper, that I am a poet.” Glyn Maxwell

Boynton Contest poems at Mindport Exhibits
All of this year’s submissions are currently on display in the gallery at Mindport Exhibits, 210 W. Holly Street, Bellingham, through Sunday, May 8, 2011. Poets and their families will be admitted to the gallery without charge. Mindport is open Wednesday through Friday 12-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-4 (closed Monday and Tuesday).
Photo by Mike Little


Richard Blake “Your Blue Shirt”
Dakota Carson “Poor Me”
Nina Djukic “Sinking”
Alysa Gallant “A Day at the Lake”
Norman L. Green “teach me reeds”
Rachel Mehl “Bellingham”
Timothy Pilgrim “Painting lesson”
George Such “Veiled”
Lucas Walker “the engineer”
Cindi Williamson “Four Blue Heron”


Caleb Barber “Pete”
Laura Boynton “Azygous”
McKeahan Carlton “The Trees”
Eric Carr “SNOW”
Linda Conroy “January View”
Denise duMaurier “Conspiring”
Jesse Kennemer “Vigil”
Mary Lucas “Question”
Sandra F. Lucke “Piano Cowboy”
Carolyn McCarthy “Departure”
Kevin Murphy “Books on Trees”
Lara Niedermeyer “Stormless”
Ruby Powers “Daylight on a Summer Branch”
Emily Ramey “Frog?”
Kobe Woodruff “Pencil Elves”

Saturday poetry reading

April 21, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011 is a great day to hear poetry!

Village BooksAt Noon, Village Books hosts the winners of the Whatcom Reads writing contest, including Boynton Contest friends Luther Allen and Sheila Sondik. Free.

KMREAt 5:00pm, Women’s Voices NW, broadcasting on Bellingham’s independent radio station KMRE 102.3FM and streaming at, features conversation and poetry with J.I. Kleinberg.

Village BooksAt 6:00pm, Village Books again hosts a reading event featuring poets (and special friends of the Boynton Poetry Contest) Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Elizabeth Colen, Oliver de la Paz, Susan Erickson, Seren Fargo, Paul Fisher, Carol Guess, Steve Hood, Malcolm Kenyon, Robert Lashley, Neil McCrea, Kevin Murphy, Nancy Pagh, Melissa Ann Queen, Tom Schabarum, Charles Van Pelt and Jeremy Voigt. Free.

on poetry…

April 20, 2011

“The most difficult thing in the world is to be clear.” Paul Muldoon