October 31, 2013

found poem © j.i. kleinberg ~ scared
found poem © j.i. kleinberg

on literature…

October 30, 2013

Ezra Pound photographed in Kensington, London, October 22, 1913.
“If a nation’s literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.”
Ezra Pound
(October 30, 1885 – November 1, 1972)
. . . . .
Photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn

Northwest Bookfest!

October 29, 2013

Northwest Bookfest 2013

The Northwest Bookfest literary festival is coming up this weekend at Northwest University, south of downtown Kirkland, Washington. This year’s focus is on the benefits and challenges of digital publishing and will include workshops, panels, exhibits and readings.

Some of the programs, panels and exhibits are free and open to the public. For $99, participants can attend two days of workshops on topics ranging from e-books and digital distribution to social networking and online marketing. On Saturday evening, November 2, several Kirkland restaurants and wine shops will team with writers for author presentations called “Wine and Words.”

Additional details and registration information on the Northwest Bookfest website and on Facebook.

free poetry talk today

October 28, 2013

Brenda Hillman ~ Seasonal Works with Letters on FirePoet Brenda Hillman, named one of the “fifty most inspiring authors in the world” by Poets and Writers Magazine, will give a talk and read from her latest book, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, on Monday, October 28, 2013, at Western Washington University (Bellingham), 4 p.m. in the Library Reading Room (4th floor of Wilson Library). The presentation is free.


October 27, 2013

Poetry Alive! Part II
Poetry Alive! Part II: A Night with Kevin, Matthew, and Friends. Tonight at 7 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven (Bellingham). Performance benefits the continuation and expansion of the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project. This is gonna be good. Don’t miss it.

Artpocalypse poster

Artpocalypse, an exhibition of artworks by Trish Harding, Vikki Jackson, Laurie Potter, Amy Armitage, John McCulloch, Mary Jo Maute, George Jartos and Anita K. Boyle, will culminate this evening, Saturday, October 26, 2013, with a poetry reading by James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle (the same). This is a great time (and possibly the last) to see the show, plus hear some swell poems and hang out with cool people. It’s all free, 6:00-8:00pm, at Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, 311 W. Holly Street, in Bellingham. Come on down.

Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winning poets 2012

You’ve been to the heart-warming Sue Boynton Poetry Contest award ceremonies where Whatcom County citizens of all ages read their poems. You’ve seen the Poetry Walk in front of the Bellingham Public Library. Well, now you can be part of this positive community program.

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and Walk committee is looking for two new members for the 2014 contest year. They especially need someone to get event information to the local media, but committee members all pitch in to help one another. The committee meets in Bellingham once a month, except in July and August. This is the ninth year of the Contest and Walk; procedures are well organized and there is a wealth of written materials to help with tasks.

If you are interested or have questions, please call Susan J. Erickson at 360-733-0693 or email her at

on poetry

October 24, 2013

Denise Levertov“You have come to shore. / There are no instructions.”
Denise Levertov
(October 24, 1923 – December 20, 1997)
. . . . .
quote is from “The Book Without Words” in A Door in the Hive
photo of Denise Levertov by Elsa Dorfman

Emily online!

October 23, 2013

Emily Dickinson Archive

Emily Dickinson Archive is operational! “Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) provides high-resolution images of manuscripts of Dickinson’s poetry, along with transcriptions and annotations from selected historical and scholarly editions.” An immeasurable resource for poets and scholars, the Archive is a cooperative effort of scores of institutions, funding entities, technology partners and visionary individuals. The site is open access and free.

Read the article in The New York Times. Visit the Emily Dickinson Archive. Imagine the — Possibility —

how to NaNo…

October 22, 2013

Red Wheelbarrow WritersThe other day we posted about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which begins November 1. If you would like to participate but perhaps aren’t ready to commit to 50,000 words all on your own, you might consider joining up with the writerly crowd over at Red Wheelbarrow Writers.

RWW has set up two round-robin NaNo lists — one “literary,” one “horror.” You sign up and select an available day from a list and then on that day you write your “chapter” of the growing novel, bearing in mind the characters and plot points that came before, building the story and readying it for the writers whose chapters follow.

You can read last year’s Red Wheelbarrow novel, No Rest for the Wicked, in two drafts, see the rules, process and available dates, or learn more about Red Wheelbarrow Writers on Facebook.