of note…

April 30, 2014

April 30
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!

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