on poetry

February 29, 2016

Howard Nemerov
“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.”
Howard Nemerov
(February 29, 1920 – July 5, 1991)

last minute!

February 28, 2016

Raising Lilly Ledbetter

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.

crowdfunded poetry

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.

last minute!

February 26, 2016

Poetry Press Week 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Committed to “transforming the way unpublished poetry is presented to the literary industry, the media, and the public-at-large,” Poetry Press week encourages poets to “design a multisensory experience of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.

one more for haiku

February 25, 2016

Halebsky - Tree LineWith 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.

there once was a….

February 24, 2016

4-leaf clover by Ginger Oppenheimer

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 dean.kahn@bellinghamherald.com 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

Alice and Emily

February 23, 2016

Parker and Dickinson

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.