January 31, 2012
Have your Valentine poem wrapped and ready? Then it’s time to think about limericks! In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, The Bellingham Herald will publish family-friendly limericks written by Whatcom County residents. Dean Kahn notes, “We’ve done it before, but never during a presidential election year, so feel free to submit a political limerick.”
The submission deadline is March 5, 2012, and, “whether new or green with age,” the limericks will appear in print and online March 12. Submissions become the property of The Bellingham Herald.
E-mail your limericks to Dean Kahn at email@example.com, or mail them to The Bellingham Herald, 1155 N. State Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. “Or, if you’re burning off holiday pounds, walk your poem down to the Herald business office in person.”
shamrock photo Michelle Gervais
January 30, 2012
National Public Radio has announced a flavorful addition to All Things Considered: poetry! Once a month, the program will invite “a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end, to compose a poem reflecting on the day’s news.”
January 29, 2012
January 28, 2012
Here’s a reminder: The Bellingham Herald will run love poems written by Whatcom County (WA) residents in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Selected entries will run in the February 13 edition of the Herald, and all accepted entries will run online at TheBellinghamHerald.com.
Poems can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed to “Valentine’s Day poems,” The Bellingham Herald, 1155 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225; or hand-delivered to the Herald business office.
Please include your name, age and town of residence. Also, include your phone number, in case questions arise.
The deadline to submit a poem is Monday, February 6, 2012. For details, call Dean Kahn, 360-715-2291.
January 27, 2012
The year is young. In case your calendar is still looking a little underpopulated, here are a few “months” that will be coming up to tweak your writing muscles and your imagination. (Note: the links vary in their up-to-date-ness; if you have an interest or an opinion, leave a comment when you visit the sites. Many of the sites offer prompts during the actual month.)
National Travel Writing Month
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest accepts submissions
National Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo)
August Poetry Postcard Fest
January 26, 2012
February, which will be here in a couple of blinks, is, of course, the shortest month, even in its longer-than-usual 2012 version. A short month is the perfect time for short poems, and thus it is the ideal calendar spot for National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo).
But, wait. There’s more. If the short, cold days of February have you longing for something rich and personal, author Mary Robinette Kowal invites you to participate in The Month of Letters Challenge.
The idea is simple: each day the U.S. Postal Service operates during the month of February (that’s 24 if you deduct Sundays and President’s Day), mail a letter, a postcard, something through the U.S. mail, and reply to any letters you receive. There’s more info on the Month of Letters website and on the Month of Letters Facebook page.
…So how long has it been since you received a handwritten letter? Wouldn’t it be nice?…
January 25, 2012
Back in November, we mentioned a poetry walk in New York, Jon Cotner’s Poem Forest. Now, the BMW Guggenheim Lab has posted an audiovisual tour of Poem Forest that includes commentary by Cotner, photos of the walk and a brief audio clip “that features Poem Forest participants reading their favorite lines.”
If January has you feeling nostalgic for autumn, take a look and stroll along.