April 29, 2013
April 28, 2013
Perhaps, in recent months, you’ve been following the buzz about university courses that are offered free online. Coursera consolidates many of those courses (341 at the moment) into a single online catalog where you can explore, register and enroll in programs from 62 universities.
Yesterday we mentioned Pulitzer Remix, which, in addition to being a month-long found poetry project, has also become an online community for the 85 participating poets. Sheila Sondik (thanks again, Sheila) tells us that the University of Pennsylvania online course Modern & Contemporary American Poetry has been highly recommended among Remixers. “Apparently, it is really worthwhile even if you only read the poems and watch the videos.”
The ten-week course, which is taught by Al Filreis and is entirely free, begins September 8, 2013. No previous knowledge of poetry is required, nor do you need to buy textbooks or show up at a particular time for online sessions. Read more about Modern & Contemporary American Poetry or explore other programs available free online through Coursera.
April 27, 2013
National Poetry Month is winding down, but the poetic commitment continues at Pulitzer Remix. It’s intriguing how the voices of both the original author and the “finding” poet come through in the resulting found poems. Just a reminder to browse the collection, including the work of long-time (former) Boynton committee member Sheila Sondik, who spent the month finding the poetry in The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
April 26, 2013
Think of it as sort of a book group on the hoof. The 14th Annual Walk/Run for Literacy, Saturday, June 29, 2013, is a fundraising 5k that supports the work of the Whatcom Literacy Council. It starts at 9:00am in Fairhaven in front of Village Books/Fairhaven Runners, follows the Padden Creek trail, passes Fairhaven Park and loops back to Mill Avenue near 11th Street.
Registration is now open. Sign up. Walk. Run. Support literacy. It’s fun!
(After your morning walk/run, you’ll have plenty of time to cool down, enjoy the day and find your way back to the Firehouse Performing Arts Center for SpeakEasy 11: Poet’s Mind: concept and process. More on that to follow.)
April 25, 2013
Gabriel Campanario is a journalist and illustrator whose blog, Seattle Sketcher, is well known to readers of The Seattle Times. A couple of weeks ago, for National Poetry Month, his column included his lively illustrations of poetry posts, boxes and even a bench that he’s observed and painted in his meanderings through Seattle. Have a look at his April 6 Seattle Times post, “Our real-life poetry of the streets.”
April 24, 2013
In case it has escaped your attention, the New York Times is honoring National Poetry Month with daily infusions to a Tumblr blog known as Times Haiku. Before you get excited about submitting your own, be aware that these are accidental haiku, selected by a computer from the text of the New York Times for their strict 5-7-5 syllables and then vetted by a human being. They’re quite surprising and wonderful. Read about Times Haiku and peruse recent Times Haiku posts.