April 30, 2014
Today is the last day of National Poetry Month and here are a few items of note.
- If you’ve been intending all month to buy a poetry book (and what better way to support poets and encourage your local bookstore to stock more poetry?) hurry on down to Village Books, where all poetry books are 20% off through today only.
- The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest judges, James Bertolino and Sheila Nickerson, have completed their labors: reading each of more than 300 submissions and selecting 10 Walk Award and 15 Merit Award winning poems. To see the names of the winning poets, click on Winners (toward the top of this page). Congratulations to the winners…and thanks to everyone who submitted to this year’s contest! The winning poems will be posted here over the coming months.
- And meanwhile, mark your calendar for Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:00pm, and please join local poetry lovers to honor the winners and hear the poets read their winning entries at the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. The event (and parking) are free. Kevin Murphy will emcee, the judges will present award certificates, chapbooks of the winning poems will be available for purchase and all poems submitted to this year’s contest will be on display.
- It’s encouraging to learn that there’s a new library anywhere, and very good news that there’s one in Bellingham. We congratulate the South Whatcom Library (aka Sudden Valley Library) on their April 12, 2014, grand opening.
- The second Cascadia Poetry Festival starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend: May 1-4, 2014, at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium and Spring Street Center.
- If you’re tempted by the Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 27-28, but need a little more information, pop by Hugo House tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 1, when five members of the Conference faculty will be reading in an evening showcase.
- And finally…you may have heard rumors of the inspiring weekly poetry reading series in Victoria, BC, Planet Earth Poetry (PEP). The series is managed and hosted by Yvonne Blomer, herself an accomplished poet with a newly-published book. You can read more about Yvonne and PEP in this space tomorrow, hear her read tomorrow evening at the Cascadia Poetry Festival and again on Sunday, May 4, at 4:00pm at Village Books. If it’s not already on your radar, Planet Earth Poetry (and Yvonne Blomer) should be!
April 29, 2014
About a year ago, we posted a list of Poets Laureate in Washington state. Prompted by a list of state Poets Laureate posted yesterday by the Library of Congress, we thought the Washington list might be due for an update.
Elizabeth Austen is Washington State Poet Laureate (2014-2016). During her tenure, she will be visiting all 39 counties to offer workshops, readings, interviews and visits to bookstores and schools. You can learn more about Elizabeth Austen on her website and follow her official activities and project on the Washington Poet Laureate blog.
Richard (Dick) Brugger continues as Poet Laureate for the city of Auburn, Washington (2012-2015).
Thom Caraway was named as the first Poet Laureate of Spokane, Washington (2013-2015). Among other activities, he teaches creative writing, editing and book design classes at Whitworth University.
Ina Whitlock continues as Vashon Island’s Poet Laureate (2013-2015) along with two students who serve as Youth Poets Laureate.
If you have additions or corrections to this list, please leave a comment!
April 28, 2014
In our ongoing interest in all-things-poetry-walk, here’s another addition to the collection: bpNichol Lane. Named for prolific, award-winning and, alas, short-lived writer, Barrie P. Nichol (bpNichol), this poetry walk can be found in an otherwise unremarkable lane behind the building of printer/publisher Coach House Books in Toronto. Nichol was best known for his concrete poetry (no pun intended), but wrote in — and between — many genres. bpNichol Lane contains a single example of his poetry impressed in the pavement.
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Photo by Stefan Powell
April 27, 2014
National Poetry Month may be winding down, but it’s not going out with a whimper. Readings, events and postings continue, and here’s yet another, free, in Bellingham. Poets James Bertolino, Allen Frost and Paul Piper will read at 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in the beautiful Special Collections Research Room of the Western Washington University Library. (Come for the poetry, stay for the view…and the snacks!) See additional details at Western Libraries Heritage Resources. Click for campus parking information.
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Break out the string, here comes the poetry… SpeakEasy 14: String Theory is a sequence of poems created and read by poets Luther Allen, Sheila Sondik, Allen Frost, Paul Piper and Nancy Pagh — each poem strung to the one before and suggesting the one that follows. Free (donations appreciated) at Village Books at 7:00pm. Plus, the first 40 audience members to be seated receive a free chapbook of the string of poems.