February 29, 2016
“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.”
(February 29, 1920 – July 5, 1991)
February 28, 2016
Today, Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 3:00pm, Carolyne Wright, Holly Hughes, Lyn Coffin, and Mary Ellen Talley will read from the book Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Worksplace (Lost Horse Press). This free reading will take place at Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island. See additional details in the Bainbridge Island Review.
February 27, 2016
Now and then, it’s instructive (and fun) to visit crowdfunding sites — Kickstarter, gofundme, Indiegogo — and search the term poetry. As you might expect, the bulk of the requests are for books and chapbooks, some supported vigorously, some not at all. But then there are other projects: readings, podcasts, CDs, films, festivals, educational programs, websites, tech support, you name it. While the requests vary widely in their level of sophistication and outcomes, there’s little doubt that poetry is happening, if not thriving.
Have a look. Pledge a few bucks. The next request could be yours.
February 26, 2016
With just hours remaining before the deadline, it has come to our attention that Poetry Press Week Portland is accepting submissions until 11:59 p.m., Monday, February 29, 2016. Judges Ashley Toliver and John Brehm will select two submissions to join eight PPW invitees.
Committed to “transforming the way unpublished poetry is presented to the literary industry, the media, and the public-at-large,” Poetry Press week encourages poets to “design a multisensory experience of their work” using the talents of “actors, dancers, musicians, video artists, and djs,” among others.
Poetry Press Week will be held at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center on the evenings of June 17 and 18, 2016.
To learn more, study the detailed Poetry Press Week submission guidelines.
February 25, 2016
With just a few days left in National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), there is still room for inspiration. To that end, poet Judy Halebsky, author of Tree Line and Sky=Empty, will present “From Haiku to Collage, a Body-Based Poetics” at Hugo House in Seattle on Sunday, February 28, 2016. See the full description on the Hugo House Events page.
P.S. Though Hugo House is slated to move to temporary digs adjacent to the Frye Museum while a new Hugo House is constructed, that move won’t happen for a few months yet and readings and events continue to be held at the 11th Avenue location on Capitol Hill.
February 24, 2016
In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, The Bellingham Herald will again publish family-friendly limericks written by Whatcom County, Washington, residents. The deadline to submit limericks is Monday, March 7, 2016.
The limericks will appear online and in print on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17.
Email your limericks to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail or bring them to The Bellingham Herald, 1155 N. State Street, second floor, Bellingham, WA 98225.
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photo by Ginger Oppenheimer
February 23, 2016
Be among the first to hear a premier work by 90-years-young American composer Alice Parker at “The Eternal Soul,” the spring performance of the Whatcom Chorale. Parker’s song cycle “Heavenly Hurt: Songs of Love and Loss” explores the profound and the ephemeral in poetry by Emily Dickinson. Additional selections by Brahms and Schubert promise lush, romantic harmonies to portray the conflicting moods of exuberance and hesitancy inspired by love.
The performance will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 3:00pm, at the First Congregational Church in Bellingham, Washington.
Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets and at Village Books, Piper Music, Everybody’s Store, The Greenhouse, and the Food Co-Op stores. Tickets will be sold at the door if available.