poetry in your ears…

April 22, 2012

Poetry Everywhere
In case you’ve missed it, or crave another listening, visit “Poetry Everywhere with Garrison Keillor,” a wonderful collection of short films of poems read by their authors.

About the project: “WGBH and David Grubin Productions, in association with the Poetry Foundation, undertook this project in order to expose a diverse audience to a broad spectrum of poetic voices, build an appreciation and an audience for poetry, and increase the presence of poets and poetry within the two most ubiquitous media in American popular culture — the Web and TV.”

In addition to the filmed readings, Poetry Everywhere also includes a collection of 34 animated poetry-films created by students at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Featured poets include John Ashbery, Coleman Barks, Geoffrey Brock, Brenda Cárdenas, Marilyn Chin, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Robert Creeley, Kwame Dawes, Toi Derricotte, Emily Dickinson, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Rebecca Dunham, Cornelius Eady, Russell Edson, Martín Espada, Rhina Espaillat, Susan Firer, Nick Flynn, Robert Frost, Maurice Kilwein Guevara, Matthea Harvey, Robert Hass, Robert Hayden, Seamus Heaney, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Hicok, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Marie Howe, Lisa Jarnot, Galway Kinnell, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ted Kooser, Maxine Kumin, Stanley Kunitz, Dorianne Laux, Philip Levine, Valerie Martinez, Raymond McDaniel, Campbell McGrath, Heather McHugh, W.S. Merwin, Joseph Millar, Valzhyna Mort, Paul Muldoon, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Linda Pastan, Adrienne Rich, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Elizabeth Skurnick, Gerald Stern, Mark Strand, James Tate, Sally Van Doren, Jillian Weise, Walt Whitman, Richard Wilbur, C.D. Wright, W.B. Yeats, Kevin Young and Daisy Zamora.

poetry reading…

April 21, 2012

coffee and poets
Come hear some poetry at this free reading, April 28, featuring poets whose work is included in Phrasings. (And if you haven’t yet grabbed your tickets for Phrasings, April 27/28/29, there may still be a few available at Village Books, the Coop and at Brown Paper Tickets.)


April 20, 2012

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” Rainer Maria Rilke


April 19, 2012

lightning boltWhere do you find your poetic inspiration?

Perhaps you stare at the blank page, the blank screen, and wait for a bolt from the blue. Perhaps you think there’s a “right way” to birth a poem.

If so, or if you’re curious about how other poets get started, the Poetry Foundation‘s blog, Harriet, offers up a four-part series called “When the Source of Poetry is not Poetry.” From the Marx Brothers to the stock market, from cookbooks to fabric catalogues, from wine labels to free pamphlets, these poets demonstrate that the right way is the way that works for you.

The first installment is here; a link at the bottom of the page leads to subsequent posts, all dated April 17.

Contest update…

April 18, 2012

We have winners!
Congratulations, Whatcom County, for another fine showing of poetic creativity. Our illustrious judges, Betty Scott and Jeffrey Morgan, have read each and every poem and met the challenge: to choose a slate of winners from the nearly 300 poems submitted.

To see what “nearly 300” poems looks like, stop by the Bellingham Public Library between now and May 9 and take a look at the display (near the Reference Desk). Impressive!

To help this year’s winners celebrate, and to hear them read their poems, please join us at the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2012, 7:00pm, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. It’s free.

Following the awards ceremony, we’ll begin posting the winning poems on this site and linking each poem to its name on the Winners page.

Meanwhile, please extend your congratulations to the 2012 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winners: Kari Galbraith, Bob Hicks, Peter Howard-Snyder, William Howard-Snyder, David M. Laws, Carole MacRury, Sheila Nickerson, Judy Orvik, Cindi Williamson, Margarethe Zubler-Keller, Finnigan Cooper, Don Cramer, Ella Denham-Conroy, Denise duMaurier, Carly Eathorne, Maria Frazey, Jacob Hartsoch, Andrew Shattuck McBride, Wendy McLeod, Ali Morrow, Nicola Morrow, Jon A. Orvik, Théa Rosenburg, George Such and Elizabeth Vignali.

National Haiku Poetry DayToday is April 17 and that means it’s National Haiku Poetry Day, with readings and celebrations scheduled nationwide. Learn more about National Haiku Poetry Day, today’s events and the Haiku Now! Contest at the Haiku Foundation website.

World Book Night

April 16, 2012

World Book Night 2012From a list of 30 wonderful books, you select one that you love. You get 20 copies of that book, in a special not-for-resale edition, and give them away on World Book Night, Monday, April 23, 2012. Wonderful idea, eh?

Launched in the U.K., World Book Night premiers in the U.S. this year with the ambitious goal of giving away half a million books. The focus here is on reading for adults, and volunteers will hand out their books in locations as diverse as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, ballparks, mass transit, restaurants and more.

In Bellingham, Village Books is the beating heart of World Book Night. Participants who have signed up to hand out free books will pick them up at World Book Night Happy Hour at the Book Fare Café on the mezzanine level of Village Books on Wednesday, April 18, from 5-6pm (feel free to join in the festivities) and the store will also host a World Book Night After Party at the Book Fare Café from 5:30-6:30pm on Tuesday, April 24.

Learn more about World Book Night and Village Books. Read a book!

poetry! dance! see this!

April 14, 2012

Phrasings 2012
The wonderful celebration of words and dance, Phrasings, is coming up April 27, 28 and 29 at the Firehouse in Bellingham.

This year’s featured poets include Matthew Brouwer, John Davis, Brian Desmond, Denise DuMaurier, Casey Grant Gainor, Rick Hermann, Stephanie Hopkinson, J.I. Kleinberg, Maria McLeod and Diane Stone.

Dancers and choreographers include Ella Mahler, Diane Williams, Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura, Ian Bivins, Pam Kuntz, Alona Christman, Angela Kiser, Kate Stevenson, Kai Berkedal, Annie Hewlett and Vanessa Daines.

Tickets at the Co-op, Village Books and Brown Paper Tickets. These performances sell out, so get your tickets soon!

Ken Warfel Fellowship

April 13, 2012

Ken WarfelWhat have you done for the poetry community lately? If you think you’re making a “substantial contribution,” then hasten yourself to the Ken Warfel Fellowship page over at poetrynight.org, study the requirements and send in your application for a possible $1,000 fellowship. The deadline is Sunday, April 15, 2012, so don’t tarry.

You can also learn more about the fellowship and about Ken Warfel and listen to the poetrynight podcast of the 28 February 2011 Ken Warfel tribute.
Ken Warfel photo

Clover, A Literary RagClover, A Literary Rag, is the annual literary magazine of Independent Writers Studio (IWS). The submissions window for the fall 2012 closes Monday, April 30, 2012.

For more about Clover, IWS or submission guidelines, visit the IWS website.