November 30, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013, poetrynight welcomes featured poet Sierra Golden. A 2010 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest winner for her poem What I Really Like About Making Bread, Sierra Golden received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University and won the program’s 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize. Though she calls the state of Washington home, Golden has spent time in Spain, Mexico and Argentina and spends summers in Alaska working on a commercial fishing boat.
CORRECTION! Please note that poetrynight will meet at the Alternative Library this Monday, December 2. Doors open and open mic sign-up begins at 7:30pm; poetry begins at 8:00pm. More about Sierra Golden here. More about poetrynight here and on Facebook and tumblr.
November 28, 2013
November 27, 2013
It would be nice to think that people involved in the book world are honest, fair-minded and concerned for the welfare of writers. Alas, that’s not always the case, and it’s the ongoing role of Writer Beware to sleuth out the truth and warn the unwary.
“Writer Beware’s mission is to track, expose, and raise awareness of the prevalence of fraud and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry.”
Founded in 1998 and sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association, Writer Beware is “concerned not just with issues that affect professional authors, but with the problems and pitfalls that face aspiring writers.” Their posts talk about “questionable literary agents, publishers, independent editors, writers’ services, contests, publicity services, and others.”
November 26, 2013
In case you need more input on recent books, consider tuning in to Late Night Library. This Portland (Oregon)-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization is dedicated to sustaining book culture and promoting talented writers.
Programs include three podcast series, two weekly video series, multi-genre events in Brooklyn and Portland, a visiting writers series in Portland, a national campaign to support independent bookstores and publishers, annual prizes for emerging and debut authors, and a variety of online columns, including book reviews, interviews and other creative writing about books and book culture.
November 25, 2013
It’s that time of year and it’s that week: Thanksgiving is almost upon us. While you’re stocking up on sweet potatoes and cranberries, don’t forget to put in a supply of poems to share at the feast.
To facilitate your Thanksgiving poem selection, here’s a short list of places to browse for appropriate fare:
- Thanksgiving poems and At the Common Table: Poems for Thanksgiving from the Academy of American Poets
- The Cranberry Cantos from the Poetry Foundation
- Get in the mood with excerpts from six poems of giving thanks from PennSound
- Two Thanksgiving Poems by Billy Collins courtesy of The Huffington Post
- Thanksgiving by Mac Hammond from Poetry 180
- If you like your Thanksgiving poetry with a little cowboy flavoring, have a look at Western and Cowboy Poetry at the Bar-D Ranch
- thanksgiving by Luther Allen
- Thanksgiving poem by J.I. Kleinberg
Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy the gratitude.
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photo: Bellingham Farmers Market
November 24, 2013
The intent of this post is not to encourage you to go out and spend money. But, wherever you may be, if you do plan to spend — for example, if you will be buying gifts for the holidays — we encourage you to
1) shop local and 2) shop independent.
On Saturday, November 30, 2013 (Small Business Saturday), Bellingham shoppers will discover a new lineup of booksellers at Village Books in Fairhaven. At the urging of the ever-inspired Sherman Alexie, regional authors will be working the counters (and maybe even signing books!) as part of Indies First. Here’s the Village Books schedule:
- 11am-1pm: Abbe Rolnick: Color of Lies and River of Angels
- 1-3pm: Clete Barrett Smith: Aliens on Vacation, Alien on a Rampage and Aliens in Disguise
- 3-5pm: Jim Lynch: Truth Like the Sun, Border Songs and The Highest Tide
- 5-7pm: Janet Oakley: Tree Soldier: A Novel of Love, Forgiveness and the Great Depression
But Indies First is not just a Bellingham event! Visit Indies First and these other authors at independent bookstores throughout Washington State:
- A Book for All Seasons, Leavenworth – Kay Kenyon
- Adventures Underground, Richland – Patricia Briggs
- Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane – Jess Walter, Shawn Vestal, Kenn Nesbitt, M. Kari Barr
- Book & Game Co., Walla Walla – Shanna Hatfield
- Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island – Lance Weller, Carol Cassella
- Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds – Jim Lynch, William Dietrich
- Finally Found Books, Auburn – Jeanne Matthews, Joyce Yarrow, Lisa Stowe, Susan Schreyer
- Inklings Bookshop, Yakima – Spencer Hatton
- Left Bank Book Collective, Seattle – Danbert Nobacon
- Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo – Suzanne Selfors, Lance Weller, Kristin Hannah, Garth Stein, Megan Chance, Gennifer Albin, Erica Bauermeister, Carol Cassella
- Mockingbird Books, Seattle – Stephanie Barden, Bonny Becker
- Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Seattle – Elizabeth Austen, Maged Zaher
- Orca Books, Olympia – Laura Swan, Averil Dean
- Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle – Sherman Alexie, Lesley Thomas, Garth Stein, Laurie Frankel
- Secret Garden Books, Seattle – Sherman Alexie, Peter Brown, Bonny Becker, Kim Baker, Jaime Temairik
- The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle – Sherman Alexie, Garth Stein, Maria Semple, Jennifer Shortridge, Samantha Vamos, Tom Nissley, Kathleen Flynn, Kathleen Fleniken, Ryan Boudinot, Jonathan Evison
- Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park – Tina Bustamante, Kristin Kittscher, Stephanie Kallos, Ken Jennings, Garth Stein, Sherman Alexie
- Trail’s End Bookstore, Winthrop – Erik Brooks
- University Book Store, Bellevue – Samantha Vamos, Kevan Atteberry, Lisa L Owens, Janet Lee Carey, Dana Sullivan, Waverly Curtis
- University Book Store, Renton – Mike Lawson
- University Book Store, Seattle – Jennie Shortridge, Kyle Bolton, Peter Mountford, Ryan Boudinot, Jaime Garbacik, Kristin Halbrook, Sherman Alexie, Carly West, Kim Baker, Mary Jane, Beaufrand Cat Patrick, staff members behind the APRIL Festival
- Uppercase Bookshop, Snohomish – Bernadette Pajer, Warner Blake
- and, of course, Village Books, Bellingham – Abbe Rolnick, Clete Barrett Smith, Jim Lynch, Janet Oakley
Not planning to be in Washington? That’s no excuse!
November 23, 2013
In case it has escaped your notice, those busy folks at The Poetry Foundation have established a stream on Sound Cloud: Record-a-Poem. Here’s an opportunity to give voice to some of your favorite poems and put them in front of a poetry-loving audience.
Don’t know where to begin? Consider participating in The Poetry Foundation’s collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and read a selection from Part II of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Post your recording at Record-a-Poem by December 1, 2013 at midnight and your voice could be added to a crowd-sourced reading that will be edited from the contributed versions.
View the complete instructions on the BAMblog.